Dynamo Kiev 1 Internazionale 1
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Diogo Rincon's late goal denied Internazionale a place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as Dynamo Kiev snatched a dramatic late draw.
Inter looked set to qualify when Daniele Adani headed them in front, but Rincon's late finish thwarted the Italians but did little for the Ukrainians' cause.
Dynamo finished bottom of Group B, while Inter will have to make do with a place in the Uefa Cup.
Both Inter and Dynamo went into the game knowing victory was of paramount importance, which made for an entertaining opening.
Inter started extremely brightly, with Julio Cruz at the heart of their positive play. The forward demonstrated great awareness to leave his marker standing but Christian Vieri failed to capitalise on a neat pass by straying fractionally offside.
Cruz then slipped Andy van der Meyde free but Croatian international Goran Sablic demonstrated superb composure to clear the danger with Vieri lurking on the six-yard line.
Tiberlu Ghioane, who saw an earlier shot drift wide, almost caught Francesco Toldo napping but his long-range shot went just over the bar.
Dynamo failed to fire a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes but they still created the best chance of the half through Rincon. The Brazilian found space on the edge of the box but his left-foot drive went just wide of the post.
Javier Zanetti was a real driving force for Inter and he twice went close, shooting just wide following spirited runs.
Both keepers were in action, with Toldo thankful to his defence for bailing him out of trouble following a poor clearance while Olexandr Shovkovskiy showed the best of his play with a couple of telling punches.
Inter coach Alberto Zaccheroni signalled his attacking intent by throwing on Obafemi Martins just after the break, but it was Dynamo who dominated play with only a fine Adani tackle thwarting Valiantsin Belkevich as he burrowed his way to goal.
Cruz, Inter's most potent attacking threat, almost broke the deadlock but Shovkovskiy grabbed his free-kick as it arched towards goal.
The Argentine went within a whisker of putting Inter in front minutes later, but his lob over Shovkovskiy dribbled inches wide of the target.
Dynamo thought they had taken the lead shortly before the hour but Matias Almeyda somehow scrambled Jerko Leko's shot off the line.
The game went from end to end and Shovkovskiy made a point-blank wonder-save to deny Adani with an outstretched leg.
Adani, though, was not to be denied and his attacking adventure was rewarded when he headed Inter in front from an Emre free-kick.
Inter had chances to put the game beyond doubt, with both Martins and Vieri wasting openings, and they were made to pay when Rincon prodded home from close range after the Italians failed to clear their lines.
Both sides went frantically in search of a winner, which made for comical scenes in the two penalty areas, but referee Gilles Veissiere brought a close to the encounter after four amazing extra minutes.