City v Kyiv: Setting the scene
- 09 March 2016 13:45
- Posted by @timoscroft
Let's look ahead to the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie...
City’s excellent 3-1 victory in Ukraine has put the Blues within touching distance of a first quarter-final in the Champions League.
But the tie is still only at half-time, so what are the big issues around the return leg on Tuesday, 15 March?
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Broadcast info: The game will be broadcast in the UK on BT Sport Europe. For global TV listings, visit livesoccertv.com.
Dynamo back in league action
The Ukrainian champions’ defeat by City was their first outing since December, their domestic league having been put on hold for a winter break.
Dynamo have resumed league activities since losing to City, beating Dnipro 2-0 on 5 March. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleg Gusev gave them a sixth straight league win, but goal difference keeps them in second place in the table behind Shakhtar Donetsk.
Blues in pole position
City have given themselves a great chance of making the last eight in Europe’s elite club competition for the first time.
A win for the Blues or a draw will seal the deal, while only a 3-1 win for the visitors would take the tie to extra time. If that were to happen, and the score remained the same after 120 minutes, then matters would be resolved by a penalty shoot-out.
The Blues have gone to penalties twice in Europe and won each time – against FC Midtjylland and Aalborg in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup. And that dramatic win over Liverpool at Wembley to win the Capital One Cup would be a huge confidence boost if we went to the lottery of the shoot-out.
English woe for Dynamo
England is not a happy hunting ground for Dynamo Kyiv. They have played on English soil 13 times in various European competitions and have never won, losing 11 and drawing two.
Their first competitive visit was in 1982, when they lost 2-0 to eventual European Cup winners Aston Villa in the second leg of the quarter-final. Most recently, they slipped to a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last November.
Last time here
City faced Dynamo in the Europa League in 2011, exiting the competition at the last 16 stage thanks to a 2-1 aggregate defeat.
The Blues won the second leg at home 1-0 despite being reduced to 10 men when Mario Balotelli was sent off in the first half, Aleksander Kolarov firing in from the edge of the box just a few minutes later.
Make sure you’re there to cheer the lads on to the quarter-finals. Tickets are available from £30 for adults, and from £5 for Under 16s.