Munich - A European miracle failed to materialise for Borussia Mönchengladbach as they were made to settle for a frustrating 2-1 win in their UEFA Champions League play-off second leg against Dynamo Kyiv, resulting in a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

3-1 down from the first-leg, Lucien Favre's side threw caution to the wind in search of a dramatic turnaround. Their prospects looked bleak with time winding down, but while a Yevhen Khacheridi own goal and a superb header from Juan Arango sparked the visitors back into life, Kyiv's Ideye Brown spoiled any hopes of a comeback with a neat finish in the dying moments.

Frantic opening


Gladbach wasted little time in unsettling Kyiv by pressing high up the pitch and, with less than two minutes played, came within inches of taking the lead. Juan Arango played a sumptuous ball in behind Dynamo's back line, but having broken the offside trap Patrick Herrmann's deft flick could only trickle the wrong side of the post.

The hosts sent out an early warning of their own minutes later when Brown was played through one-on-one with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. However, by dallying on the ball, the striker allowed Martin Stranzl to recover his position and make a last-ditch tackle.

Short of ideas


Knowing they needed to score at least three times to stand a chance of qualifying, Gladbach were desperate to clinch an early goal. Arango's set-pieces were causing Kyiv problems, but Mike Hanke twice failed to convert half chances at the back post either side of a rasping Herrmann half-volley. Though the Foals' possession play at times seemed to have pinned Dynamo inside their own half, they often looked vulnerable to conceding on the counter.

Ideye Brown and Oleh Gusev both drew saves from ter Stegen in goal, but for the most part the German international remained untroubled. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian outfit were happy to absorb the pressure, as a lack of penetration saw Gladbach's most promising moments peter out, sending the sides in at the break with the deadlock still intact.

Late drama


Kyiv stole the impetus soon after the restart, but after Andriy Yarmolenko fired wildly over the bar, it was Borussia who began creating the more clear-cut chances. Arango found space out wide to fizz in a long-range effort which Koval could only collect at the second attempt after Herrmann had failed to convert the rebound.

With the game going stale, hope was rekindled as Khacheridi turned Arango's cross into his own net with 20 minutes remaining, and when the star Venezuelan powered Alexander Ring's curling corner into the net with a superb header eight minutes later, the away fans really found their voice. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be for the 1977 European Cup winners, however, as Brown sprinted away before lifting the ball over ter Stegen. It was a bitter blow for Gladbach after a gutsy performance, but a place in the UEFA Europa League group stages now awaits Favre's charges.

Line-ups:

Kyiv: Koval - Silva, Betao, Khacheridi, Taiwo - Veloso, Garmasch - Yarmolenko, Gusyev, Ninkovic (Vukojevic 46') - Brown (Ruben 90+2')

Gladbach: ter Stegen - Jantschke, Stranzl, Brouwers, Daems - Nordtveit, Xhaka - Herrmann (Ring 63'), Arango - Hanke (Hrgota 59'), de Jong (de Camargo 72')

Goals: 0-1 Khacheridi (o.g. 70'), 0-2 Arango (78'), 1-2 Brown (88')


James Thorogood