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Savostyonok heads Isloch back into contention

Isloch 1-0 Olimp Moscow
The Belarusian side are back in the hunt for a final place after Anton Savostyonok's late header blew Group B wide open.

The Olimp defence attempts to clear their lines during an Isloch attack
The Olimp defence attempts to clear their lines during an Isloch attack ©FIGC

Defender Anton Savostyonok's glancing header from a long Aleksandr Kholodinski throw restored FC Isloch's hopes of a UEFA Regions' Cup final place, with Olimp Moscow undone.

Reduced to ten men after substitute Andrei Spirin was dismissed for a second bookable offence five minutes from time, Olimp succumbed to an 89th-minute goal as Savostyonok guided his team-mate's Herculean fling past Andrei Pogorelov. With a 2-2 draw between Selección Catalana and Yugoiztochen Region in the section's other game, Group B is wide open going into Thursday's last round of fixtures.

Olimp were more aggressive to begin with, but received an early blow when central defender Denis Kurbangaliyev was substituted after just 20 minutes with what appeared to be a groin injury. Isloch goalkeeper Vadim Aleshkevich was to have the most significant impact on the opening period, making a fine diving save to scoop Sergei Kamynin's shot wide after a quick passing move on the edge of the box.

Pogorelov was by far the busier keeper after the break. He rode his luck, with defender Evgeni Gurov nudging Aleksandr Pratskevich's goal-bound shot on to the post. Pratskevich then seemed to have left the Olimp No1 for dead after a sharp dash forward, only to steer a shot wide. Pogorelov adopted the safe-not-sorry option, getting two fists to Savostyonok's long-range free-kick, and made a decent intervention to fend away Aleksandr Danilik's angled drive. He and Olimp were undone at the death.