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Chornomorets down Dinamo to set up PSV decider

FC Chornomorets Odesa 2-1 GNK Dinamo Zagreb
A last-gasp Anatoliy Didenko goal gave the Ukrainian side their first home win and set up a final-day decider against PSV Eindhoven.

Olexiy Antonov equalised for Chornomorets in the second half
Olexiy Antonov equalised for Chornomorets in the second half ©Getty Images

FC Chornomorets Odesa kept alive their hopes of qualification from UEFA Europa League Group B with a 2-1 victory against already eliminated GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Despite having been knocked out courtesy of a 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindoven last time out, Dinamo started brightly and forged ahead through Fatos Bećiraj. The Croatian champions spurned chances to extend their lead before Olexiy Antonov equalised and Anatoliy Didenko touched in an added-time winner to set up a must-win decider against PSV. Dinamo conclude their campaign at home to section winners PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

While the visitors began at an impressive pace, Chornomorets' Sito Riera produced an excellent drop of the shoulder to get away from his marker and find forward Franck Dja Djedje who failed to direct his header on target. The hosts were made to pay for that miss in the 20th minute when Ivo Pinto raced past Pavlo Kutas and picked out Bećiraj with a cross that the Montenegrin international turned into the bottom left-hand corner.

Alen Halilović continued to threaten for Dinamo, but it was Bećiraj who had the best opportunity to double their advantage. The 25-year-old raced onto a long ball and tried to dink his finish over Dmytro Bezotosnyi, only for the Chornomorets No1 to stick up his right arm and divert the ball wide. Bećiraj and Bezotosnyi resumed their duel 13 minutes from time. The goalkeeper repelled a fiercely struck volley, though, and the Ukrainian side raced up the other end where substitute Didenko's strike was deflected agonisingly wide.

However, from the resulting corner Markus Berger flicked the ball on at the near post and Antonov timed his run perfectly to nod in an equaliser from close range. With the game seemingly headed for a draw, another corner proved Dinamo's undoing. Volodymyr Priyomov's delivery one minute into added time was touched in by Didenko to earn Chornomorets their first home success in the group.