Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Match Preview: Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv

 Barcelona have the chance to tighten their grip on Group G as Dynamo Kyiv come to the Camp Nou, although it was in Catalonia that the Ukrainian side recorded one of their most memorable European results. 

Wins at home to Ferencváros (5-1) and at Juventus (2-0), Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé each scoring in both matches, have given Barça a three-point cushion in the section already. Dynamo lost 2-0 at home to Juve on Matchday 1 but looked set to bounce back with three points at Ferencváros only to let slip a two-goal lead and draw 2-2.

The teams have met in ten previous matches, the last four in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Most recently, Barcelona won 2-0 at home and 2-1 in Kyiv in 2009/10, Messi scoring in both matches.

Dynamo have won three of those ten contests overall, most memorably in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League when a 3-0 home win in Kyiv was followed by a stunning 4-0 success at the Camp Nou in which Andriy Shevchenko scored a hat-trick.

Dynamo's record at Barcelona otherwise is D1 L3 – they conceded nine goals in those three defeats, scoring only one.

Barcelona also got the better of Dynamo in the the 1991/92 group stage, winning 2-0 away and 3-0 at home in a season which culminated in the club's first European Cup triumph. They have also won both two-legged knockout contests between the clubs – in the 1990/91 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals (4-3 aggregate) and the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League first round, when Barça turned round a 3-1 first-leg loss in Kyiv with a 4-1 victory at the Camp Nou, current coach Ronald Koeman scoring the decisive goal.



Second in the Spanish Liga behind Real Madrid last season, this is Barcelona's 25th UEFA Champions League campaign, a competition record they share with Madrid. They have reached the round of 16 or better for the last 16 seasons, winning their group every year from 2007/08 onwards and a record 21 times in all.

They are unbeaten in their last three group stage campaigns, and have come through their section undefeated a record 13 times. It is 20 years since Barça last failed to finish in the top two of their UEFA Champions League group.

In 2019/20, Barcelona picked up 14 points to finish four clear of Borussia Dortmund in their section. They picked up seven points both home and away, beating Internazionale 2-1 twice, winning by the same score at Slavia Praha and defeating Dortmund 3-1 at the Camp Nou; they were held to goalless draws in Germany and at home by Slavia.

Having replaced Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setién as coach, the Blaugrana then saw off Napoli in the round of 16 (1-1 a, 3-1 h), only to suffer their heaviest European loss in the quarterfinals in Lisbon as they went down 8-2 to Bayern.

That defeat was only Barcelona's third loss in their last 34 UEFA Champions League fixtures (W21 D10).

Barcelona are unbeaten in 37 UEFA Champions League home matches, a run that started in September 2013 (W33 D4); the 5-1 defeat of Lyon in the 2018/19 round of 16 second leg eclipsed the previous competition record of 29 set by Bayern between March 1998 and April 2002.

Barcelona have appeared in 13 successive UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, a competition record. They last failed to reach the last eight in 2006/07.

Barcelona have been European champions on five occasions, most recently in 2015 after beating Juve. Koeman, who succeeded Setién as coach in August, scored the winner in their first final victory against Sampdoria in 1992.

Messi's goal on Matchday 1 made him the first player to score in 16 successive UEFA Champions League campaigns.

Already the youngest player to score in the UEFA Champions League, Ansu Fati was also on target against Ferencváros; Pedri's strike meant for the first time in the competition's history, two players under 18 had found the net in the same match.

Fati's goal on Matchday 1, aged 17 years 355 days, made him the first player to score more than once in the UEFA Champions League before his 18th birthday.

Barcelona's last meeting with a Ukrainian club came against Dynamo's great rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarterfinals of their victorious 2010/11 UEFA Champions League campaign, a 5-1 home win – Gerard Piqué scoring the third goal – preceding a 1-0 win in Ukraine in which Messi was on target.

Barça have won six of their nine home games against Ukrainian clubs, losing two – both those defeats coming in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Blaugrana have won their last five matches versus teams from Ukraine – including a 1-0 extra-time defeat of Shakhtar in the 2009 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco – since a 3-2 home loss to Shakhtar in December 2008.


Dynamo finished as Ukrainian Premier League runners-up behind Shakhtar for the fourth season running in 2019/20, although they did claim a 21st domestic cup, defeating Vorskla Poltava 8-7 on penalties in the final after a 1-1 draw.

In Europe, Bilo-Syni lost to Club Brugge 4-3 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round before moving into the UEFA Europa League group stage, where they were eliminated after finishing third in their section behind Malmö and Copenhagen.

Dynamo kicked off their 2020/21 European campaign with a 2-0 home win against AZ Alkmaar in their one-off third qualifying round tie. They then eased past Gent in the two-legged play-offs (2-1 a, 3-0 h), Carlos De Pena scoring in each game.

Dynamo's most successful UEFA Champions League campaign came in 1998/99 when they made it as far as the semi-finals. Twelve of their subsequent 13 appearances in the competition proper have ended in the group stage, including the most recent in 2016/17 when they finished bottom of their section.

The Kyiv side had gone out in the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase three seasons running before 2020/21.

The 2-1 victory at Gent in this season's play-offs is Dynamo's sole success in their last eight European away games (D4 L3).

That win at Barcelona in November 1997 is Dynamo's only success in Spain. Their last visit ended in a goalless draw at Valencia in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg (0-2 aggregate), a result that stretched their winless run against Liga clubs, home and away, to 14 matches (D7 L7).

Dynamo's last win against Spanish opposition was a 2-0 triumph over Real Madrid in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg (3-1 aggregate).



Lionel Messi's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 150th.

Sergi Roberto played his 50th game in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, on Matchday 2. He had made his 50th UEFA club competition appearance in the first round of Group G games.

Barcelona were unbeaten in their first three games under new coach Ronald Koeman (W2 D1) but lost the next two in the Liga, going down 1-0 at Getafe on 17 October and 3-1 at home to Real Madrid the following week.

On Saturday Koeman's side were held 1-1 at Alavés, Antoine Griezmann's first club goal since 5 July rescuing a point.

Barcelona's four-match run without a league win (D2 L2) is their longest since September-October 2018.

Sergiño Dest became the first American to play for Barcelona when he made his debut as a subsitute in a 1-1 home draw against Sevilla on 4 October.

Ansu Fati has scored four goals in six Liga appearances this season. His goal against Madrid, aged 17 years 359 days, made him the youngest scorer in the Clásico in the 21st century.

Messi scored a penalty winner for Argentina in their 1-0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against Ecuador on 8 October.

Griezmann scored in France's 7-1 friendly victory over Ukraine on 7 October and in the 2-1 UEFA Nations League victory over Croatia seven days later.

Philippe Coutinho was on target in Brazil's 5-0 win against Bolivia in World Cup qualifying on 9 October.

Jordi Alba picked up a hamstring injury in Barça's 1-1 draw with Sevilla on 4 October, returning against Madrid when he set up Fati's goal.

A hamstring injury has kept Coutinho out since the Madrid defeat while Ronald Araújo suffered a hamstring injury at Juventus and missed the weekend draw.

Marc-André ter Stegen has not played since the 8-2 UEFA Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern on 14 August due to a knee injury, but has returned to training.

Samuel Umtiti has been out since June because of a knee problem.


On 25 August, Dynamo beat coach Mircea Lucescu's former side Shakhtar 3-1 to lift the 2020 Ukrainian Super Cup.

The Matchday 1 loss to Juventus was Dynamo's first under Lucescu (W9 D3) but they are still unbeaten in domestic matches (W7 D2) since his appointment on 23 July.

The Kyiv club made it three successive league wins on Saturday, recording a 2-1 victory at Dnipro. Dynamo's top scorer Viktor Tsygankov got the winner with his fourth league goal of the season.

Dynamo have agreed new five-year contracts with a group of their most promising young players: Denys Popov, Vladyslav Supryaha, Oleksandr Syrota, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Mykola Shaparenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko.

Substitute Tsygankov scored the winner in Ukraine's 1-0 home defeat of Spain in the UEFA Nations League on 13 October.

Tsygankov, also as a substitute, had scored Ukraine's only goal in a 7-1 away friendly loss to France on 7 October.

Georgiy Bushchan, Vitaliy Mykolenko and Illia Zabarnyi started all three of Ukraine's October internationals. The France match was Bushchan and Zabarnyi's international debuts.

The 18-year old Zabarnyi made his Dynamo debut on 11 September; less than a month later, he was making his first international appearance.

Tudor Baluta made his Dynamo debut at Ferencváros on Matchday 2; it was also 32-year-old goalkeeper Denys Boyko's first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Bushchan and Mykolenko have missed Dynamo's last two games due to illness. Oleksandr Karavaev, Baluta, Shaparenko, Heorhii Tsitaishvili, Denys Garmash and Mikkel Duelund have also been suffering with illness.

Boyko, Bushchan's usual replacement, missed Saturday's game due to illness which left 18-year old Ruslan Neshcheret, who made his first-team debut at Dnipro at the weekend, and 19-year-old Valentyn Morgun as Dynamo's only available goalkeepers.

Tymchyk has been sidelined since suffering an adductor injury in Dynamo's 0-0 home draw with Desna Chernihiv on 11 September.

On 30 October Vladimir Kostevych underwent surgery on his cruciate knee ligament injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least six months.

Mykyta Burda tore an Achilles tendon on 5 September and is expected to be out for at least six months; he has not been included in Dynamo's UEFA Champions League squad.


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