John Carew handed Aston Villa a UEFA Cup lifeline with a second-half equaliser in the last-32 first-leg clash with CSKA Moscow at Villa Park.
The Norway international struck his eighth goal of the campaign after Vagner Love had broken the deadlock for Zico's side.
Villa dominated the second 45 minutes but the visitors somehow survived the onslaught.
Vagner Love and Yury Zhirkov always posed a menace for the Villa back four in what was CSKA's first competitive game since December 4.
After 18 minutes Vagner Love stunned the home side by giving CSKA the lead with his 21st goal of the campaign.
Yury Zhirkov played the ball into a space behind Curtis Davies and Zat Knight into the path of Vagner Love and he coolly slotted his shot past the advancing Bradley Guzan into the corner of the net.
Villa dominated the second 45 minutes with Ashley Young a constant threat on the left flank and supplying a stream of dangerous crosses.
Aleksei Berezutski could have doubled CSKA's lead after 67 minutes when he found himself with only Guzan to beat after being put through by Dzagoev but he pushed his shot wide.
It proved a costly miss for after 69 minutes Carew put Villa back on level terms.
Gardner chased down a cross from Ashley Young which flew across the box, turned it back to Carew and the Norwegian made no mistake with a first-time drive.
Ashley Young was only a yard wide after Agbonlahor had laid off a long throw from Luke Young but CSKA held firm.
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