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October 3, 2012 7:45 PM BST
NSK Olimpijs'kyj — Kyiv (Kiev)
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 47804‎
 
 
33′ (OG) Josip Pivarić
 

Dynamo Kiev - Dinamo Zagreb Preview: Both teams looking to improve upon Matchday 1 defeats

The Ukrainians got off to a disappointing start but will be intent on picking up points here where they will fancy their chances against the Croatian champions

By William Shand

Dinamo Kiev
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS
DINAMO KIEV

Koval
 Danilo, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Taiwo
 Veloso, Raffael
Yarmolenko, Kranjcar, Gusev
Ideye


DINAMO ZAGREB


Kelava
Vida, Tonel, Simunic, Pivaric

Ademi
Rukavina, Sammir, Kovacic, Cop
Begiraj


Following their heavy Matchday 1 defeat at the hands of PSG, DInamo Kiev will look to kick-start their Champions League campaign with a win on home soil against the reigning champions of Croatia.



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Head Coach Oleh Blokhin will be aiming to carry over his side’s good league form (where they have won 8 out of 10 games) and, in Brown Ideye, he has at his disposal one of the most in-form strikers in Europe. Supplementing the attack will be the trio of Oleh Gusev, Andriy Yarmolenko and Niko Kranjcar, who has scored four goals in eight league games from midfield and will no doubt relish facing off against one of his former clubs.

Dinamo Zagreb, similarly, are performing well in their respective league, with seven wins out of 10 and only one defeat. After losing 2-0 to Porto on Matchday 1, there are already murmurs that failure to gain any sort of result in Kiev could spell an end to any continued involvement in Europe after the New Year.

With no injury concerns, Head Coach Ante Cacic will be able to field a full strength side and, in the build up to the match, has been encouraging his team to “think positively” and aim for three points. He will look, in chief, to Brazilian-born attacking midfielder Sammir, and Duje Cop, who will be deployed on the left flank, to provide the Croats with what would be considered an unlikely – but not altogether implausible – victory.



  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This is only Oleh Blokin’s second match in charge of Dinamo Kiev. His first was their 1-0 over Zorya Luhansk on Friday.

  • Dinamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb previously met in the 2003/04 Champions League qualification rounds, with Kiev triumphing 5-1 on aggregate.
  • Dinamo Kiev are participating in their 14th Champions League campaign.

  • Dinamo Zagreb have won seven consecutive Croatian league titles in a row.

  • Despite their impressive domestic pedigree, they lost all six of their Champions League matches last season, conceding 22 goals along the way – a Champions League record.

  • Dinamo’s 2-0 loss to Porto on Matchday 1 was their first defeat in 34 matches since Head Coach Ante Cacic took charge.



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Available Squads
1Oleksander ShovkovskiGoalkeeper
2Danilo SilvaMidfielder
-Taras MykhalykDefender
3Taye TaiwoDefender
34Yevhen KhacheridiDefender
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
5Ognjen VukojevicMidfielder
20Oleh HusyevMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
9Andriy YarmolenkoStriker
11B. IdeyeStriker
35Maksym KovalGoalkeeper
3BetãoDefender
19Denys GarmashMidfielder
11RaffaelStriker
-Artem MilevskyStriker
14Admir MehmediStriker
-Marco RubenStriker
30Ivan KelavaGoalkeeper
4Josip SimunicDefender
13TonelDefender
19Josip PivarićDefender
17Domagoj VidaDefender
14Adrián CalelloMidfielder
6Arijan AdemiMidfielder
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
10SammirMidfielder
77Marcelo BrozovićMidfielder
21Fatos BecirajStriker
33Romeo MitrovićGoalkeeper
2Ante PuljicDefender
3Luis IbáñezDefender
20Sime VrsaljkoMidfielder
7Bryan CarrascoDefender
55Ante RukavinaStriker
90Duje CopStriker
Players to Watch
B. Ideye
B. Ideye
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 23-year-old Nigerian striker has led Dynamo Kiev's scoring charts with a hugely impressive 8 goals in 10 games. Having played in the competition last year in addition to earning 3 caps for his country, he is accustomed to playing at the highest level. Strong and with pace to burn, he will aim to capitalise on any opportunities carved out by the creative trio behind him.
Sammir
Sammir
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With an incredible record of 10 goals from 10 league games (all the more impressive coming from an attacking midfield role), Sammir has been an absolute revelation for Zagreb this season. He has already matched his best scoring season by the beginning of October and, to cap off a wonderful start to the season he was recently included in the Croatia squad for the games against Macedonia and Wales.
Prediction
Both teams need something from the game to have any realistic aspirations of advancing out of the group and will attack accordingly. Expect a close match but, ultimately, the superior quality and the intimidating support of the home side will help ensure the inaugural 3 points of Dynamo Kiev's campaign.
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