Dynamo Kiev produced a dramatic 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday night as the three points lifted them above Porto and into second place in Group G to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Denys Garmash scored the all-important goal at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev after just 16 minutes, as the hosts were able to hold on for the victory.
Coupled with Porto’s loss at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, it allowed the Ukrainian giants to leapfrog their rivals and join Jose Mourinho’s side in the next round after the Portuguese tactician put aside his recent struggles to secure top spot.
Whether or not Kiev are now able to advance any further remains to be seen, but Serhiy Rebrov will be delighted with what he saw from his players to allow them to progress as they finished just a point above Porto in the standings.
With the Ukrainian outfit prevailing, it will give the rest of Europe an opportunity to continue to monitor Andriy Yarmolenko’s progress with speculation that Everton were interested in the talented winger, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
However, the hosts were dealt a blow as the 24-year-old was forced off with an injury shortly after the opening goal of the game.
Meanwhile, Wednesday night’s encounter ended a miserable Champions League campaign for Maccabi, who were unable to secure a single point having lost all six games scoring just once while conceding 16.