The Argentinian U23 squad participating in the Sait Nagjee tournament had their share of heart-break inflicted upon them, as Ukranian side FC Dnipro score two stoppage time goals to leave La Albiceleste's hopes of progression from group B holding on to a whimper.
Yurii Vakulko and Vitalie Kiryeyev were the scorers in an eventful tie, which leaves the European team's reserves in a solid position to qualify for the final four of the competition.
With regulation time showcasing the profligacy of the Argentinians and Ukranians alike, the game seemed destined for a stalemate. However, in the 91st minute, the somewhat timorous Argentinian defense conceded a free-kick just outside the box.
The custodian, Facundo Ferrero, was called into play, parrying the accurate free-kick back into the melee. The ball would fall kindly to Yurii Vakulko, who evaded two close markers before slotting past Ferrero to hand a one goal advantage to the Europeans.
Stung by their lapse and hurriedly in search of an equalizer, the South Americans gushed forward, leaving the door to their rear-guard ajar. It was this lapse that second half substitute Vitalie Kiryeyev capitalized on. The forward collected a long ball form the defense and sprinted unchallenged through the Argentinian half, owing to the opposition camoped deep in Dnipro's defensive third.
With just Ferrero to beat, the attacker made no mistake as he rammed home the second goal of the night for his team, thereby sealing all three points which takes the Ukranian side to the top of Group B standings with six points from two games.
Meanwhile, the Argentinians sit rock bottom, having lost both their games and now need to beat Shamrock Rovers of Ireland by a heafty sum and hope Dnipro overpower TSV 1860 Munchen to have any hope of qualification to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Saturday's group A fixture sees Atletico aim for qualification to the semi-finals when they take on Romanian side Rapid Bucuresti at 7 PM IST.