Wales manager Chris Coleman was denied victory in the first game since agreeing his new contract as Riku Riski struck a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Finland a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.
Andy King, only playing after Aaron Ramsey came down with the flu, had put Wales ahead on 58 minutes, converting a header from point-blank range after good work by Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Finland had gone close through Celtic striker Teemu Pukki, who struck the woodwork in the first half, before Riski levelled with a cool finish at the end.
It was not a memorable encounter but how Coleman, who signed a two-year contract extension earlier this week, could have done with the fifth win of his reign.
His new deal has not proved unanimously popular with supporters, and a limp performance from a strong line-up coupled with the manner of the late goal will have done little to improve his standing with sections of Wales fans.
The draw does mean Wales have gone three games unbeaten for the first time since the final three matches of Gary Speed's reign two years ago, but the mood at Cardiff City Stadium bore little resemblance to that when Wales beat Norway 4-1 here during their 2011 purple patch.
Ramsey's illness meant once again Coleman was unable to field the in-form Arsenal man and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale in the same side. Indeed the pair have played 90 minutes together on only three occasions in Coleman's 15-game tenure.
Bale was heavily involved during the opening few minutes of a forgettable opening half, pulling up after a challenge from Jere Uronen, and was then left clutching his ankle after a poor tackle from the same player.
To the relief of the hosts he recovered to play on, but there was little sign of the home side making an impact on proceedings and they were lucky not to fall behind in the 15th minute.
Pukki twisted and turned in the area to work a bit of room and beat Wayne Hennessey, only for the far post to deny him a fine goal.
Wales' unimpressive start was summed up when Bale cut in from the right and sent his shot out for a throw on the far side.
A whipped set piece delivery from the Real Madrid man did at least set up the Dragons' first effort on target as his free-kick picked out Robson-Kanu, whose header was saved well by Lukas Hradecky.
But that was the high point of an instantly forgettable 45 minutes.
Wales were brighter after the break should have had a penalty eight minutes after the break. Simon Church was played through on goal and appeared to be felled by Finnish substitute Joona Toivio, but referee Sebastien Delferiere summoned the striker to his feet.
Bale then produced a surging run and powerful shot which Hradecky parried to safety as Wales enjoyed a decent spell.
And they took the lead just before the hour. Ledley, winning his 50th cap, and Robson-Kanu exchanged passes and the latter's cross saw King head home his second international goal from close range,
Finland almost found an instant response but Hennessey reacted quickly to push away Riski's shot and Wales were soon back on the offensive with King narrowly failing to connect with Chris Gunter's fizzing ball across the box.
Riski then shot tamely wide after a raking pass had found him in space at the far post, while at the other end Bale put a low effort narrowly wide after again cutting in purposefully.
Wales also survived a few nervy moments at set pieces during the closing stages but Hennessey was beaten in stoppage time as Roman Eremenko's ball saw Riski race between two defenders to keep his nerve and earn Finland a draw.