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UEFA Champions League

  • November 21, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • NSK Olimpijs'kyj, Kyiv (Kiev)
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 36712

Dynamo Kiev - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side require a point to progress from Group A

Dynamo Kiev - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Ancelotti's side require a point to progress from Group A

Champions League - Paris Saint Germain vs Dynamo Kiev (Ibrahimovic)

The visitors need just a draw or better to qualify for the last 16, but face a Ukrainian outfit who have been formidable at home in the Champions League so far



Danilo, Mykhalyk, Khacheridi, Taiwo
Garmash, Miguel Veloso
Yarmolenko, Kranjcar, Gusev

Paris Saint-Germain
Van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Chantome, Verratti, Matuidi
Pastore, Lavezzi

Dynamo Kiev coach Oleg Blokhin will recall the likes of Denys Garmash and Maxym Koval for the visit of Paris Saint-Germain to the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The duo were rested in the 1-0 defeat to Metalurg Donetsk at the weekend, leaving the capital side further adrift of Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the domestic league.

Ironically, Blokhin could well name the same 11 players that lost 4-1 to PSG on matchday one, though Marco Ruben and Ognjen Vukojevic could be contention for starting berths.

Carlo Ancelotti's side head east without a number of players including star winger Jeremy Menez. The 25-year-old sits out the game, having limped off in the shock 1-2 defeat to Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 at the weekend.

Christophe Jallet has still not recovered from the injury that forced him out of the international friendlies last week, with the captain joining Kevin Gameiro, Thiago Motta and Mathieu Bodmer on the sidelines.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns from suspension, for the first game after his four-goal haul against England, having notched four assists in his last outing for les Parisiens - in the 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb. Marco Verratti (rested) and Mamadou Sakho (suspension) will also make their comebacks.

  • Dynamo Kiev sit third in Group A, with just four points out of a possible 12. They are yet to be beaten at home in this season's group stage.
  • The Ukrainian side beat PSG 3-0 in a Europa League encounter in 2009, the last time the two sides met in Kiev.
  • Oleg Blokhin's men will be eliminated if they do not win on Wednesday evening.
  • Dynamo Kiev's Olympic Stadium hosted the final of Euro 2012, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a scissor-kick against France here in the group stage.
  • Paris Saint-Germain could join Porto in the last 16, with a point on Wednesday. They sit in second place with nine points, one behind their Portuguese rivals.
  • The French side have not won in their last three Ligue 1 games.
  • Ibrahimovic tops the assists chart with four - all of them came against Dinamo Zagreb in the previous Champions League outing.
  • PSG have only won one away game in this competition since 1997 - and that came against Zagreb on matchday three.


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Available Squads
-Maksym KovalGoalkeeper
2Danilo SilvaMidfielder
3Taye TaiwoDefender
34Yevhen KhacheridiDefender
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
19Denys GarmashMidfielder
20Oleh HusyevMidfielder
25Haruna Abdulkarim LukmanMidfielder
-B. IdeyeStriker
1Oleksander ShovkovskiGoalkeeper
-Ognjen VukojevicMidfielder
-Andriy BogdanovMidfielder
9Andriy YarmolenkoStriker
-Artem MilevskyStriker
14Admir MehmediStriker
-Marco RubenStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
Players to Watch
Maksym Koval
Maksym Koval
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The goalkeeper has a point to prove after shipping four goals against the Ligue 1 side on matchday one. Replacing the revered Olexandr Shovkovskiy, Koval possesses great control of his area, as well as brilliant reflexes. He will need to come good once again if Dynamo are to win.
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The former Napoli star has shrugged off a woeful start to life in Paris, and has shown flashes of the brilliance he was once associated with. In Ibrahimovic's absence, Lavezzi looked more like his usual self in his two previous games, and could well warrant another start in place of the injured Jeremy Menez, alongside compatriot Javier Pastore.
The visitors have fared better away from home this season, but they will experience a hostile atmosphere in Kiev. Ancelotti's side will want to rebound from the 'crisis' he has spoken about recently, and they have enough quality to get the point - or better - needed to qualify.
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