Kazakhstan national team share the spoils with Armenia in a tense encounter at the half-empty Astana Arena, their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matchup.
Bauyrzhan Turysbek struck in the second qualifier in a row to earn Kazakhstan a 1-1 draw that ended their seven-game miserable run.
It felt like more or less fair result though Alexandr Borodyuk's men remained rock bottom in the Group E contention.
The two sides' fate has been all but sealed in the previous matchday when Kazakhstan lost to Romania, confirming their worst placing since the 2006 World Cup qualifying.
Armenia, for their part, cemented fifth spot earlier but had to redeem themselves aftermath two disastrous home defeats against Denmark and Poland by a combined 10-2 scoreline.
As both teams entered the battle quite motivated, with Kazakhstan again employing a five-man backline, it proved to be an intense one from the off.
The frist chance came from the hosts after five minutes, Yuri Logvinenko had his header off a corner kick saved by keeper Arsen Beglaryan.
Armenia responded well, with David Loriya who won back his place as a Kazakhstan goalkeeper and captain denying former FC Aktobe midfielder Marcos Pizzelli.
Azat Nurgaliyev then failed to finish properly past Beglaryan in one-on-one situation before Armenia's Artem Simonyan replicated the sequence as Loriya brilliantly blocked his attempt.
However, the 38-year-old veteran couldn't preserve the clean sheet for his team in the 26th minute when Armenia launched an impressive counterattack.
The two sides' last meeting, a 2018 World Cup qialifier in Yerevan back in March 28, ended in a 2-0 victory for Armenia, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan breaking the deadlock.
And it was Manchester United man again who hit the opener after Pizzelli feeded him with his through ball for an expertly-executed chip over the onrushing goalkeeper.
The end-to-end affair continued, and FC Astana centre-back Yuri Logvinenko connected with a Nurgaliyev free-kick to sent his header inches wide late in the first half.
Sargis Adamyan almost doubled Armenia's lead with his point-blank effort moments later only for Loriya to make another terrific save that kept Kazahstan in the game.
Seven minutes into the second period, Roman Murtazayev came agonisingly close for the host side but his powerful header was palmed away in style by Beglaryan.
Nevertheless, Murtazayev helped Turysbek to get on the scoreboard in the 64th minute, Kairat Almaty second-choice attacker nodding home a left-flank cross at the far post.
In general, Kazakhstan looked more vibrant and aggressive after the interval, pressing high up the pitch and bossing the midfield.
Artur Petrosyan's side made amendmends to return focus and sharpness into their play, making the clash more balanced.
Chances were at a premium in the final minutes although the visitors almost clinched the winner in stoppage time.
Logvinenko made an amazing clearance with his head to deny Adamyan, with Loriya well beaten and the empty net at his disposal.
With the draw, Kazakhstan have gotten three points from possible 30 in what was the year to forget under totally failed Borodyuk.
FIFA World Cup Qualification Group E
Kazakhstan v Armenia 1-1 (0-1)
08/10/2017, Astana Arena (Astana). Ref: Tean (MDA).
KAZ: Loriya, Miroshnichenko, Logvinenko, Akhmetov, Dmitrenko, Tungyshbayev (Khizhnichenko 46), Nurgaliyev, Baizhanov (Darabayev 75), Turysbek, Murtazayev. HC: Alexandr Borodyuk (RUS).
ARM: Beglaryan, Hambartsumyan, Mikaelyan (Andonian 67), Haroyan, Daghbashyan, Grigoryan, Simonyan, Mkhitaryan, Pizzelli (Koryan 70), Malakyan (Hovhannisyan 59), Adamyan. HC: Artur Petrosyan (ARM).
Goals: 0-1 Mkhitaryan (26), 1-1 Turysbek (64).
YC: Miroshnichenko (24), Baizhanov (32), Simonyan (68), Murtazayev (90).
Poland v Montenegro 4-2 (2-0)
Goals: 1-0 Mączyński (6), 2-0 Grosicki (16), 2-1 Mugoša (78), 2-2 Tomašević (83), 3-2 Lewandowski (85), 4-2 Stojković (87 – OG).
Denmark v Romania 1-1 (0-0)
Goals: 1-0 Eriksen (59 – OG), 1-1 Deac (88).
RC: Ganea (63 – 2nd YC) ROU.
Group E standings