In Focus: Dynamo Kyiv's last game
- 13 March 2016 13:27
- Posted by @MPHenson
City welcome Dynamo Kyiv to the Etihad on Tuesday for the second leg of the Round of 16 tie…
Here’s a quick look at how Kyiv fared over the weekend…
Karpaty 1 Dynamo Kyiv 2, 11 March 2016
How did they line up?
Head Coach Serhiy Rebrov made three changes from the defeat against City with Vitorino Antunes, Miguel Veloso and Oleh Husyev coming in for Danilo Silva, Serhiy Rybalka and Derlis Gonzalez.
Rebrov lined his side up in a 4-5-1 formation at the NSK Olimpiyskyi for the first leg and it was a similar situation when they took on Karpaty on Friday night.
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy started in net behind a back four of Domagoj Vida, Yevhen Khacheridi, Aleksandar Dragovic and Antunes.
Veloso anchored the midfield with Denys Garmash and Vitaliy Buyalskyi playing slightly ahead of him in central midfield. Andriy Yarmolenko was deployed on the right while Husyev was out on the left.
Rebrov kept Lukasz Teodorczyk as the lone striker, the same position he played in the first leg.
How did the game pan out?
Kyiv headed into the game as joint leaders along with Shakhtah Donetsk and it was expected to be an easy victory over seventh place Karpaty, but it was far from it.
The home side took a shock lead in the 28th minute when Ambrosiy Chachua fired in from close range from a move that started on the edge of their own area.
The ball was worked out to Gegam Kadimyan and he picked out the run of Chachua, who slotted into the back of the net despite the best efforts of Shovkovskiy.
Karpaty held the lead until the 55th minute when Teodorczyk levelled from six yards out. Garmash showed good footwork to pick out the Polish striker and Kyiv’s number 91 notched the equaliser with a first time shot.
Boosted by the goal, Kyiv went on the hunt for a winner and found it just nine minutes later. Yarmolenko received the ball on the right hand side of the area, opened his body and fired a low shot into the bottom corner past the Roman Mysak to secure the three points.
Yarmolenko told the Kyiv website that it was the second half performance that inspired them to victory.
Pavlo Orikhovskiy, who made his debut for Kyiv as a second half substitute, described the win as: “We needed a victory. We tried to carry out the instructions of the coach, but at first it was hard.”