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B. Itzhaki
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E. Tibi
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45' + 1'
S. Rybalka
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N. Igiebor
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D. Harmash
1 - 0

Match Stats

56% 43%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 2
Total Passes 515 398
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Chelsea CHE Chelsea 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13 W W W D L
2 Dynamo Kyiv DYN Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 W W L D W
3 Porto POR Porto 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 L L W W W
4 Maccabi Tel Aviv MTA Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 0 6 1 16 -15 0 L L L L L


8th Finals
UEFA Europa League


That's all we have time for tonight. Thanks for joining me and have a great night!
FULL-TIME - Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv: The Ukrainian side reach the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 1999-200, though their performance on the night was far from convincing. Garmash's first-half strike proves enough to send them above Porto in Group G and through to the knockout stages behind pool winners Chelsea.
It's taken short and the referee blows his whistle, sending Kiev through!
Another free-kick for Maccabi! This one has to be better, it's their final chance.
Maccabi are awarded a free-kick in a deep position on the right and they pack the box with bodies. Zahavi comes away to take the set-piece but his delivery is woeful and fails to beat the first man. So disappointing from the Israeli.
We are into the first of a minimum of three additional minutes.
Finally, there's a bit of pace to Kiev's attack but Teodorczyk's attempt to feed Gusev on the right is intercepted. The ball quickly comes to Rybalka, who produces a venomous shot from 25 yards which Rajkovic does well to hold.
Ł. Teodorczyk
Júnior Moraes
Rebrov's final change sees Junior Moraes make way for Teodorczyk.
B. Itzhaki
Yellow Card
Itzhaki clips Antunes with a late challenge in front of the dugouts that earns him a yellow card.
Carlos Garcia concedes another free-kick for a clumsy challenge on Junior Moraes, but this time Rybalka's delivery is headed away by the Maccabi defence. Kiev slowly build another attack but Gonzalez whips his cross straight into the arms of Rajkovic. There wasn't anyone attacking that for Rebrov's team!
Rybalka curls a free-kick into the middle which lands on the head of Khacheridi. The centre-back is unable to make the most of the opportunity, however, angling his header far from the target.
B. Itzhaki
T. Chaim
Itzhaki comes on in place of Ben Haim for the final few minutes. Jokanovic is backing his team to steal a draw here - that's a positive change.
E. Tibi
Yellow Card
Tibi is shown a yellow card for pulling back Gonzalez as the Paraguayan looked to break down the left.
Dasa clips a great pass over the top of the defence for Ben Haim to chase, but the curl on the ball takes him away from goal. He checks back and tries to produce a cross, but he cannot get it past the first man! Kiev can't let themselves be cut open like that.
Rebrov's team attack down the right and whip a cross into the middle which is instantly repelled by the Maccabi defence. Kiev end up running the ball out of play and conceding a throw-in, which the visitors will take their time over.
There is no real sign of urgency from Kiev despite the delicate nature of this situation. Rajkovic has been largely untested in this half, which has been a rather drab affair.
We are approaching the final 15 minutes now, and one goal for Maccabi would see Kiev eliminated from the competition, with Porto taking their place in the last 16. It's going to be a tense until either Rebrov's team get their second, or the final whistle is sounded.
G. Vermouth
D. Micha
Finally, Vermouth does come on in place of Miha.
D. Peretz
N. Igiebor
Well, Igiebor appeared to be ready to come back on but has been replaced by Peretz.
Vermouth was set to come on for Miha, but Igiebor is struggling following that awkward block from Rybalka's free-kick a few moments ago, which appeared to catch him in a rather private area. There could well be a change of plan here.
Kiev are back on top in terms of possession, but Maccabi are proving difficult to break down. Rybalka tries his luck from 25 yards but his shot is deflected behind for a corner, which comes to nothing. Kiev are yet to get the second goal that would completely ease their nerves.
Rybalka's free-kick bounces up in front of Igiebor, with the Nigerian unable to make sufficient contact to get it clear. Gonzalez aims a header on target from the loose ball but is unable to generate enough power on the effort to trouble Rajkovic.
A stray pass from Zahavi is gathered by Junior Moraes, who carries the ball out to the left flank. Dasa follows in pursuit and gets too tight to the Brazilian, who goes to ground under pressure from the right-back, winning a free-kick.
Miguel Veloso
D. Harmash
Garmash goes off to be replaced by Miguel Veloso for Kiev.
Zahavi! The former Palermo man has not had many chances tonight, but he's made a mess of this one. After some neat, interlinking play the striker fires an effort from 20 yards way off target.
Rebrov's side have really stepped off the pace in the past few minutes and Maccabi are starting to look a real threat. Miguel Veloso is being readied on the touchline - not the most attacking of substitutes.
STAT: Kiev have kept a clean sheet in 18 of their 25 fixtures this season.
JUST WIDE! Antunes, a player capable of fine strikes from distance, lashes a bouncing ball narrowly outside of the upright. Rajkovic was well positioned and looked to have had it covered, but the Portuguese clearly feels he could have done slightly better as he wheels away and puts his hands on his head.
Dasa should have done better there! The right-back races into space on the right but fails to make the most of the opportunity when the ball comes his way, getting the angle of his cross all wrong and putting it behind for a goal-kick.
Chelsea have gone 2-0 up against Porto, providing an additional boost to Kiev's hopes of progression. However, if they let one goal in they'll slip down to third and be heading into the Europa League, so it's still finely balanced for them.
Gusev darts away on the right and fires a low cross into the box which Maccabi can only put behind for a corner. Kiev fail to make the most of the subsequent set-piece, with the Israeli side instantly looking to break.
Miha slides a pass into the path of Ben Haim but the winger's shot is blocked. The ball comes back to the 23-year-old and his shot is deflected into the arms of Shovkovskiy.
What a miss! Rybalka's delivery finds Garmash in space eight yards out from goal but he doesn't make a strong enough contact with the ball and is unable to redirect the set-piece on target! That is a let-off for Maccabi.
Kiev have a free-kick in a dangerous area, with Carlos Garcia fouling Garmash after the midfielder latched onto a brilliant pass from Antunes. There wasn't much in it, but the hosts may fancy their chances of adding to their tally from this.
We are back underway!
HALF-TIME - Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv: The Ukrainian side are on the brink of a place in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Garmash's goal giving them the advantage at the interval. They've controlled much of the match but look vulnerable to the counterattack, with Shovkovskiy almost gifting Jokanovic's team a goal moments before the interval. Stay tuned for the second half!
There is the half-time whistle!
S. Rybalka
Yellow Card
Rybalka goes into the book for a cynical block on Ben Haim on the far side. We are going to have just one minute of added time.
We're edging towards the interval and this is far from secure for Kiev. They've been fairly dominant but look capable of conceding tonight. Rebrov will want his side to add a second goal as soon as possible.
N. Igiebor
Yellow Card
Igiebor picks up a yellow card for deliberate handball.
ALMOST AN INCREDIBLE EQUALISER! Zahavi's bends the free-kick on target and Shovkovskiy can only punch it up into the air. The goalkeeper watches it loop up and attempts to claim it at the second attempt, but spills it! The spin on the ball almost takes it inside the upright, but he breathes a sigh of relief after following it wide.
Danilo Silva
Yellow Card
Danilo Silva is shown a yellow card.
Ben Haim refuses to give up on the ball, hounding Danilo Silva and nicking the ball away from him with the Brazilian floundering. He clips the Israeli's heels and concedes a free-kick wide on the left, earning a booking in the process.
Miha clips a brilliant cross from the left towards the back post, which, for some incredible reason, Antunes decides to duck out the way of. It catches the approaching Dasa off-guard, and, with the ball bouncing just as he arrives, he is unable to steer the ball on target and test Shovkovskiy.
Khacheridi steps up from the back to thwart an attempted break and smashes a long ball forwards. It almost turns into a great pass to set Gonzalez in behind the opposition defence, but the flag goes up as he was too slow in coming back from an offside position.
The tempo has slowed down a fair bit now, with Maccabi getting everyone back behind the ball as Kiev stroke possession across their defence slowly. They won't want to rest on a single-goal lead, though, as it is by no means secure.
STAT: Kiev are on a run of five straight wins in all competitions since losing 2-1 to Chelsea, scoring 15 and conceding just once before tonight.
Yellow Card
Antunes receives a booking for his challenge on Ben Haim.
Antunes is caught in possession by Ben Haim and, in his haste to make a challenge and avoid being exposed, he hacks the Israeli down. It earns him a yellow card and that will keep him out of Kiev's next European fixture.
Almost a costly error from Ben Harush as he steps on the ball and is pounced upon by white shirts. Garmash releases Danilo Silva down the right, but the eventual cross in is dealt with by Carlos Garcia. That could have been a lot worse had it reached Junior Moraes.
Rybalka doesn't seem to have put his shooting boots on tonight! The midfielder lashes a wild effort off target from 25 yards, turning and shaking his head at his shot. Junior Moraes is hobbling after a collision with Tibi in the box. Rebrov won't want to lose another player to injury!
A great break from Maccabi catches Kiev short at the back. Rikan gets to the byline and picks out Miha in the centre of the box, but he's put off by the pressure of Dragovic and slices his volley wide! That was the best moment of the match for Jokanovic's team.
Igiebor hands possession straight to Kiev 20 yards from his own goal and Junior Moraes looks to slip a pass into the path of Gonzalez. However, the former Basel man made his run too early and is adjudged offside.
Great feet from Gonzalez! The Paraguayan beats Dasa but is brought down by the trailing leg of the recovering Alberman just outside the left-hand corner of the box. Rybalka again goes for goal from the set-piece but he aims it too close to Rajkovic, who collects comfortably.
Maccabi win a corner and Zahavi whips it low towards the near post. Carlos Garcia gets away from his marker and attempts to flick it on with a header, but he can only direct the ball straight out for a goal-kick.
With Chelsea 1-0 up in Group G's other fixture, Kiev are heading through second as things stand, with Porto dropping into the Europa League. Rajkovic attempts to double the hosts' lead with a curling shot from 20 yards but his execution is poor and the ball sails harmlessly over.
Yarmolenko's night has come to and end, however, and Gusev is his replacement. That's a blow for Rebrov, but with a goal already in the bag and the winter break following this fixtures, he may not be too worried.
O. Husyev
A. Yarmolenko
Yarmolenko makes way for Gusev.
D. Harmash
GOOOOOAAAL!! GARMASH OPENS THE SCORING! Rybalka rifles a free-kick towards the near post which Ben Haim steers back towards his own goal. Rajkovic does brilliantly to dive down and claw the ball off the line, but Garmash is on hand to smash the rebound into the back of the net!
Yarmolenko has stayed down following a tackle from Rikan, and as there's no crowd in the stands you can hear the agony it has left it in. It seemed fairly innocuous, but he's holding his hamstring and it could be the end of his night.
GREAT SAVE! Junior Moraes is released by a fantastic pass down the right from Yarmolenko, rushing onto it and firing an early shot towards goal despite the tight angle. It looks to be heading on target but Rajkovic jumps up and tips the effort over the bar!
Kiev look a little shaky at the back now that Maccabi are starting to play with a bit more adventure. Khacheridi has to clear two crosses in quick succession, with his team-mates not showing much desire to help out defensively. Garmash attempts to launch a counter-attack but is stopped on the half-way line.
Khacheridi dives in on Miha as Maccabi go on a rare foray forward. However, the defender claims innocence and the referee agrees, signalling for play to continue.
Danilo Silva feeds Yarmolenko on the right-hand side of the box and the Ukrainian does well to spin away from Ben Harush and fire a cross towards the near post. It's cleared behind for a corner, which is taken short and quickly repelled by Maccabi.
Carlos Garcia clatters through the back of Junior Moraes 25 yards from goal, with the Brazilian flicking the ball away beforehand. Rybalka shoots direct from the set-piece but it flies straight into the wall, with claims for a handball ignored by the referee.
Kiev have dominated possession since kick-off, with Maccabi seemingly content to sit back and try to soak up the pressure. It's a dangerous game to play, especially with the hosts needing a win.
GOAL! No, it's ruled out! A cross from the left is flicked on by Garmsh in the centre of the box, with Junior Moraes poking home at the far post. However, the Brazilian had strayed into an offside position and has no complaints about play being pulled back.
We are underway in the Ukrainian capital!
The teams are heading out onto the pitch, so kick off will be upon us in just a few moments! Of course, there aren't any fans in the stadium with Kiev forced to play two matches behind closed doors after racist incidents when hosting Chelsea earlier in the competition.
MACCABI TEL AVIV SUBS: Lifshitz, Ben Basat, Itzhaki, Ziv, Mitrovic, Vermouth, Peretz.
MACCABI TEL AVIV (4-2-3-1): Rajkovic; Dasa, Carlos Garcia, Tibi, Ben Harush; Igiebor, Rikan; Miha, Alberman, Ben Haim; Zahavi.
DYNAMO KIEV SUBS: Rybka, Miguel Veloso, Gusev, Vida, Buyalskiy, Belhanda, Teodorczyk.
DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Shovkovskiy; Danilo Silva, Khacheridi, Dragovich, Antunes; Sydorchuk, Rybalka; Yarmolenko, Garmash, Gonzalez; Junior Moraes.
MACCABI TEL AVIV TEAM NEWS: Former Chelsea centre-back Tal Ben Haim is suspended so Eytan Tibi comes into the centre of defence, while Yosef Shlomy is replaced by Dor Miha in Slvaisa Jokanovic's only other change.
DYNAMO KIEV TEAM NEWS: Rebrov makes three changes from the side that beat Metarlurg Zaporizhya 6-0 at the weekend, with Danilo Silva, Sergiy Rybalka and Junior Moraes coming into the starting line-up.
Anything less than a win for Kiev will result in them finishing third and dropping into the Europa League. If they win and Chelsea and Porto play out a draw in the simultaneous fixture they will finish top of the group and gain a potentially safer draw in the knockout stages.
Kiev were 2-0 winners when the sides met in Israel, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Junior Moraes on target as the Ukrainian team won away from home in the Champions League for the first time in seven years. For Maccabi, that was one of five straight losses in a group stage in which they have conceded 15 goals, scoring just once.
Hello and welcome to tonight's LIVE text commentary of Dynamo Kiev's Champions League meeting with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Having beaten Porto last time out, Sergiy Rebrov's side know a win against the bottom side in Group G will send them into the last 16. It should be an entertaining evening at the Olympiyskiy and I will be guiding you through all the action as it happens.