Fourteen-man Tipperary summoned a second stunning fightback in the space of seven days to deny Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds.
The injury-depleted Déise looked to be cruising to a first Championship win over their rivals since 2008 when they went in six points and a man up at half-time but Tipperary outscored them by 1-06 to 0-02 after the 56th minute and a Jason Forde free secured a draw with seconds left.
The comeback comes with a controversial caveat, however, as Tipp were awarded a goal in the 62nd minute when Austin Gleeson was adjudged to have fumbled the ball over the line.
Replays suggested he hadn’t and Waterford management confronted referee Alan Kelly and his umpires on the pitch following the final whistle.
You had wondered before throw-in which Tipperary team would show up today, the side that was run ragged by Cork in the first half at Semple Stadium or the one that came out with fire in their bellies after the break.
The answer, to begin with it at least, was the former. Waterford, lining up in orthodox formation in the absence of injured sweepers Tadhg de Burca and Darragh Fives, surged into an early lead, targetman Tom Devine plundering 1-02 from play inside the first 10 minutes.
Jamie Barron fired over two points from distance and Pauric Mahony, who was doubtful to start, scored from a free and play before Devine lashed the ball to the net when Austin Gleeson’s long free in wasn’t cleared.
Frees from Jason Forde and long-range points from midfield pair Ronan Maher and Billy McCarthy kept Tipperary in contention and Stephen O’Keeffe was forced to come off his line quickly to deny John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer a goal after great interplay between Seamus Callanan and John McGrath.
Tipperary had fought their way back to within a point when disaster struck in the 23rd minute, Padraic Maher inexplicably batting down a Gleeson free to Pauric Mahony, who gratefully accepted the gift and buried the ball to the net.
Mickey Cahill was shown his first yellow card shortly after for a chop on Patrick Curran and just before the break he earned his second and the line for a foul on DJ Foran, who had scored twice from play.
Tipperary were in deep trouble and Waterford pressed home their advantage upon the restart, scoring four in a row through Stephen Bennett, Pauric Mahony and Patrick Curran.
Barron bagged his third point from midfield and only frees from Forde were keeping a beaten-looking Tipperary even remotely in touch until substitute Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher took a handpass from the freetaker to bury their first goal on the hour.
Two minutes later came the decisive moment. Forde dropped the free short, it slipped from Austin Gleeson’s grasp but he seemed to gather it again before it crossed the line. The umpire waved the green flag and after consultation with the referee it stood.
There was just a point in it now, and Tipperary wasted a glorious chance when Bonner miscontrolled to end a three-on-one break.
Pauric Mahony and sub Tommy Ryan stepped up to put Waterford in pole position again but a Ronan Maher effort, initially given wide by the umpires, cut the gap to one.
With 20 seconds of the four minutes of additional time remaining, Forde was fouled and stepped up to seal a second unlikely draw in as many weeks for a Tipperary team who might as well be sponsored by Lazarus.
Waterford will be furious with both the officials and themselves for allowing 14 men to recover an 11-point deficit, despite missing some key men.
A superb afternoon of drama and entertainment but the first Championship draw between the sides since 1933 ultimately does little to help anyone’s summer ambitions.
Waterford: Stephen O'Keeffe; Shane Fives, Conor Gleeson, Noel Connors; Austin Gleeson, Philip Mahony (0-1), Jamie Barron (0-3); Michael Walsh, Mickey Kearney; Stephen Roche, DJ Foran (0-3), Stephen Bennett (0-1); Tom Devine (1-2), Patrick Curran (0-1), Pauric Mahony (1-8, 5f).
Subs: Tommy Ryan (0-1) for Kearney (46), Brian O’Halloran for Curran (54), Jake Dillon (0-1) for Foran (59), Shane McNulty for Connors (62), Colin Dunford for Roche (63).
Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Sean O'Brien, Séamus Kennedy, Michael Cahill; Joe O'Dwyer, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher; Ronan Maher (0-3), Billy McCarthy (0-1); Dan McCormack, Jason Forde (1-14, 11f), Noel McGrath (0-1); John O'Dwyer (0-1), Seamus Callanan (0-2), John McGrath (0-2).
Subs: Patrick Maher (1-0) for O’Dwyer (46), Cathal Barrett (0-1) for Noel McGrath (54), Jake Morris for John McGrath (59), Sean Curran for McCormack (60), Willie Connors for McCarthy (68)