Second-half goals from Brazilian midfielder Sammir and Igor Biscan helped Dinamo Zagreb to victory over Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadion.
The Belgian side remain without a win from four games and with only a very slim chance of finishing in the top two places. Zagreb on the other hand are now second on goal difference behind Greek side PAOK Salonika, who they face at home on the final matchday. Before that though, Vahid Halilhodzic's men face a tough match away to Villarreal, who are third in the group on six points.
Dinamo's Argentinian defender Leandro Cufre was booked for a foul on Wilfried Dalmat before Ryan Donk had the first shot for the hosts, his 25-yard strike well held by Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava. Karel Geraerts then dragged a shot wide of Kelava's right-hand post after Junior Diaz had delivered a set-piece into the box midway through the half.
Dinamo were the first to threaten in the second period when Fatos Beciraj's 12-yard effort was parried by Brugge goalkeeper Geert de Vlieger and seconds later they were ahead as Milan Badelj's pass from the right was steered in from close range by Sammir.
In the 59th minute the Croatians doubled their advantage, and this time Sammir was the provider. Marcos Camozzato fouled Luis Ibanez and was booked, and from the resultant free-kick Sammir picked out the head of Biscan, who directed the ball past De Vlieger.
Brugge struggled to reassert themselves in the match, with Maxime Lestienne's long-range effort fielded by Kelava. Lestienne looked the man most likely to give Brugge a foothold back into the match and in the 78th minute his left-foot strike had to be tipped around the post by Kelava.
He tried and failed for a third time in the first minute of injury time as Kelava once again denied him, and Mathias Chago wasted an opportunity to add a third for Dinamo deep into time added on with a wild shot off-target.