Christian Ribeiro’s stunning first goal for the club earned Oxford United a 1-1 draw against fellow play-off side Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.
The right back popped up to smash home a fantastic left footed volley into the far corner to level the scores 10 minutes before half time.
The strike cancelled out a sixth goal in four matches for Tarique Fosu, who gave the away side the lead when a defensive error presented him with an empty net midway through the first half.
Josh Ruffels pinged harmlessly wide with the first chance of the game, but it was winger Fosu who impressed early on as Oxford initially struggled to get near their west London visitors.
The livewire fired wide on 17 minutes after twisting and turning in United’s box following a neat Charlton move down the right.
The 21-year-old had more of a say a minute later when he charged down a Curtis Nelson clearance, beat U’s keeper Simon Eastwood to the loose ball and fired into an empty net to put the Addicts ahead.
Ricky Holmes could have landed a quick double hit for United’s fellow play-off hopefuls moments later, but the midfielder failed to keep his effort down when he connected with a deep cross.
The U’s fans chanted and rallied behind their team – and the men in yellow responded by levelling the scores 10 minutes before half time.
A James Henry cross was headed away to Ribeiro, who almost looked shocked when he planted the ball in the back of the net. It was a fine goal from an unexpected source.
Sixty seconds later and a delicious curler from Ruffels was inches away from giving the hosts, who up to the goal had struggled to create much of note, the lead.
Charlton were rattled and centre back Naby Sarr was perilously close to being dispossessed as last man when hounded by Wes Thomas and Jack Payne.
Thomas fluffed wide when played in by Alex Mowatt before a Ricardinho piledriver was somehow kept out by a combination of Ben Amos and Jake Forster-Caskey as the U’s enjoyed their best spell just before half time.
Twinkle toes Payne led the charge in the second half as he danced through a crowd of red bodies, only to skew wide when he got his shot away.
Both sides continued to create chances in the second half, which was equally as entertaining as the first.
Holmes (twice), Josh Magennis (twice) and Billy Clarke went close for Karl Robinson’s side while, at the other end, Thomas saw a header from the edge of the area pushed behind.
Oxford pressed for a winner and substitute Jon Obika forced Amos into a low save with a long-range effort before Ricardinho went close with a rising drive in the last minute.