Top 14 side Montpellier travelled to Sandy Park in Exeter to tackle the Chiefs in their round of 16 clash.
In what would prove to be an all-time Heineken Champions Cup classic, it would take a full overtime period to confirm who would progress.
Despite being a man down due to number eight Zach Mercer being sent off, Montpellier put the Chiefs under immense pressure in a mightily impressive showing.
Trailing by three points with the clock in the red, Italian international Paolo Garbisi snuck over a penalty kick for Montpellier which would send the game to overtime.
Paolo Garbisi sends it to extra time 🥵
Backing @ExeterChiefs or @MHR_officiel after another 20??#HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/2cLj5G0as8
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Now clearly in the ascendancy having trailed for much of the contest, Montpellier would score the first try in the 20-minute extra time window.
Seemingly locked in for a historic win and a trip to Cape Town to tackle the Stormers, Phillippe Saint-Andre’s side let it all go as Exeter’s Jack Yeandle burrowed over for a try that brought the scores back to 33 – 31.
Chiefs flyhalf Joe Simmonds would slot the conversion to bring the scores to 33 – 33 and with it send the Chiefs through to the quarterfinals.
Despite ending in a draw, the Chiefs would progress due to the rule that the home side progresses in the event of a draw at fulltime.
Having seen Irish giants Munster fall foul of a penalty shootout at the end of their titanic semi-final battle last season with Toulouse. The new rules that remove the penalty shootout will have Montpellier ruing what might have been.
Scenes at Sandy Park 🤌@ExeterChiefs in dreamland 🍾@ITVRugby #HeinekenChampionsCuppic.twitter.com/ffIAvNMQKe
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