Kiev too hot for BATE
BATE Borisov were thrashed 4-1 by managerless Dynamo Kiev in a match that saw the Ukrainian side move above their hosts to go top of Group E.
BATE were already through needing just a point to qualify in first place, meaning much of the attacking emphasis was on the visiting side and they did not disappoint, netting twice in each half to progress in some style.
Ognjen Vukojevic got the ball rolling and Andriy Yarmolenko doubled the lead two minutes from half-time, while Oleg Gusev and Artem Milevskiy added to the tally after the interval. Pavel Nekhaychik hit back late on.
Yarmolenko had the first chance of the game after 13 uneventful minutes, but missed the target from close range.
Vukojevic showed him the way two minutes later, poking home from six yards following Goran Popov's free-kick.
Alexander Volodko attempted to return fire just before half-time but flashed his shot passed the post from inside the area.
Milevskiy was next to try his luck for the visitors but this time he found goalkeeper Aleksandr Hutar in his way.
But Hutar was beaten in the 43rd minute, Roman Eremenko providing the assist from the right channel and Yarmolenko converting.
Substitute Sergey Sosnovskiy was sent on by BATE at half-time in a bid to change the momentum but he was on the field just three minutes when the third goal went in.
Maksim Bordachov gave away a penalty after tussling with Gusev, with the midfielder returning to his feet to powerfully convert the spot-kick.
With the game heading for a result that would see both sides qualify the tension dropped accordingly, though Dmitri Baga and Alexander Yurevich did manage to register some rare BATE shots shortly after the penalty.
Everything was going Dynamo's way now, though, Milevskiy sweeping in Yarmolenko's cross in the 68th minute to make it 4-0.
There was not too much action in the Kiev penalty box before the close and it came as no surprise that the consolation came from well outside it.
Nekhaychik was the scorer, sizing up his target from 30 yards out and drilling right-footed to leave Olexandr Shovkovskiy clutching at thin air.