Friday 02 December 2011
Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones' late goal earned them a point against Dynamo Kiev that ensured their progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Jones headed in with less than 10 minutes left and Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic then pulled off a dramatic save as they drew 1-1 against the side from Ukraine.
The Barclays Premier League side travel to Besiktas on 14 December knowing they are already through to the next phase.
They still need a point in Israel to finish top of their group, but manager Tony Pulis was keen to focus on his side's achievement.
"We have every reason to be very proud of what we have done"
- Tony Pulis
"I am more concerned with the fact that we have qualified and savouring what is something very special for this football club," he said.
"It's easy sometimes when you are pushing along and the games are coming thick and fast that you don't stop to enjoy what you have achieved in the game.
"We should be taking time now to really reflect on what is an outstanding achievement and I am really pleased for the players because, make no mistake, this was an incredibly difficult group in which we were drawn.
"We were handed the toughest group in the competition in my opinion, not only in terms of the fact that we were up against two top, top European teams in Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas, but also due to the amount of travelling.
"We've now played nine games in Europe, many of them against some excellent teams, and we are still unbeaten. So we have every reason to be very proud of what we have done."