Stoke boss Tony Pulis hailed a significant milestone for the Potters after they secured the point they needed against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night to book their passage through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The Ukrainians had picked up only a single point from 10 previous trips to England but they dominated the first half at the Britannia Stadium and took a deserved lead through a Matthew Upson own goal. Stoke improved in the second half but had to wait until nine minutes from time to grab the vital goal, Kenwyne Jones heading in Jermaine Pennant's cross to make it 1-1.

Pulis said: "We were off the pace in the first half but they're a good side. There was one change from the side that knocked Manchester City out last season. What we've done is fantastic and we've qualified from what I think is the toughest group."

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