Daniel Hasnaş knocks in Althletic's decisive third goal in the final minute this morning.

Athletic left it very late, but in the end secured the win at FC Chalbermatti which means that only a catastrophic collapse against Car Dusan next week will deny the New Home Park side a place in the Brook Street Cup for only the second time.

With only a couple of minutes left and the match deadlocked, Daniel Hasnaş having cancelled out Máximo Casados first half goal just after half time, Bruno Le Ber broke forward and played the ball out to Vítor Leocádio. Bruno continued his run and when the ball was crossed back in, he was on hand to knock it past the Chalbermatti central defenders and fire it into the net.

To concede a goal so late in the game was a devastating blow for the home side who had more than matched the Group 3 leaders and it visibly knocked the stuffing out of the players.

On the flip side, the sense of relief amongst the Brook Street players was clear to see, and straight from the re-start they won possession and the ball was fed out to Vítor Leocádio. With the home players backing off, the winger scampered down the line before firing in a deadly low cross that Daniel Hasnaş met close in and killed the game stone dead with less than a minute to go.

Admitting afterwards that his side had ‘got out of jail’, Arjen said, “We did not play all that badly, but it certainly looked like we were heading for a draw”.

“All credit to the lads though, they kept on going and some quick thinking from Bruno resulted in the breakthrough goal”.

He added, “We were extremely fortunate however to get the win, and Chalbermatti can justifiably feel disappointed. They put so much into stopping us from playing, and came within two minutes of gaining a well deserved point”.

Athletic now know that anything better than a 5-0 defeat in Serbia will be enough to ensure our continued participation in the tournament beyond the group stage for the first time since Edition 3.

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