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Last-day title joy for Shakhtar

Wednesday 12th June 2002

Shakhtar Donetsk broke Dynamo Kyiv's nine-year hold on the Ukrainian first division title on Tuesday, clinching the championship with a nervy 1-0 win at Zakarpattia, meaning Dynamo's 3-0 victory over Polihraftekhnika was immaterial.

With Zakarpattia fighting to avoid relegation, Shakhtar were given a stiff test and failed to create a single goalscoring chance in the first half.

However, the Miners came out for the second half in determined mood and grabbed what proved to be the winner after 52 minutes when good work from Anatoliy Tymoshchuk was finished off by Oleksiy Bielyk.

Shakhtar were then forced to defend for much of the rest of the match, picking up four bookings along the way, but held out to clinch a narrow win and the league championship trophy.

The result sent Zakarpattia down and meant Dynamo finished in second place despite their 3-0 victory over Polihraftekhnika.

Dynamo were dominant throughout but a goal from Andriy Husyn and two from Georgi Peev proved to be in vain.

Metalurg Donetsk secured third position and a place in next season's Uefa Cup with a 1-1 draw against Metalurg Zaporizhzhia while Metalist Kharkiv snatched the other Uefa spot by sharing a 1-1 draw with Arsenal Kyiv.

Elsewhere, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk beat Vorskla Poltava 2-0 and Metalurg Mariupol recorded a 3-1 win against Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih.

The game between Karpaty Lviv and Tavriya Symferopol ended goalless.

Polihraftekhnika will now go into an end-of-season play-off against second division Polissia Zhytomyr to determine who will play in the top flight next season while SC Volyn-1 Lutsk, Chornomorets Odesa and Obolon Kyiv have all secured automatic promotion
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