Kalle Samooja has carded a five-under 66 to pull level with overnight leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen and send both into the final round of the Tenerife Open with a one-shot lead over the field.
Australia's Scott Hend is still not completely out of the hunt, just five shots off the pace set by the leaders on Saturday.
Yet a mixed bag of four birdies and four bogeys in his third round 71 only leaves the 47-year-old Queensland veteran in joint-15th position.
Finland's Samooja made six birdies to go with one bogey at the Golf Costa Adeje course on the Canary Islands.
"My short game was pretty spot on today," Samooja said. "Ball-striking hasn't been that pretty, especially today, so you need to find something in your game that works."
German von Dellingshausen started the day three shots ahead and at least held onto a share of the lead after carding a 70, which featured three birdies and two bogeys.
Both leaders have yet to win a European Tour event.
"I would be lying if I said I didn't have any nerves just going out here," Von Dellingshausen said.
"It's a situation that is not completely new to me but it's a different set up on the European Tour. I tried to stay patient and I did."
Dean Burmester was their nearest chaser. Yikeun Chang, Sebastian Garcia, and Adrian Meronk were all two shots back.