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Figo caps Madrid fightback

Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 0.14CET
FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 Real Madrid CF Luís Figo helps Madrid recover from two goals down to draw.

Match statistics

Dynamo KyivReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target9
 
2
Corners4
 
4
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed23
 
15
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 0.14CET

Figo caps Madrid fightback

FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 Real Madrid CF Luís Figo helps Madrid recover from two goals down to draw.

Real Madrid CF came back from two goals down to draw with FC Dynamo Kyiv to ensure both teams remain level on points at the summit of UEFA Champions League Group B with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who drew with AS Roma.

Experience pays off
Madrid were on the verge of a second successive away defeat in the competition when they went two down inside 25 minutes through Ayila Yussuf and Maris Verpakovskis. But the memory of their Matchday 2 victory against Roma, when they recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2, galvanised them, and Raúl González and Luís Figo levelled the game.

Defensive boost
There was a double boost for Dynamo as defenders Goran Gavrancic and Rodolfo passed late fitness tests before kick-off. Diogo Rincón was also recalled. Figo was back for Madrid but Walter Samuel joined David Beckham and Jonathan Woodgate among those that did not travel.

Yussuf opener
Never mind a game of two halves, the first period was a half of two halves. Madrid dominated the early stages but failed to threaten. It was Dynamo, attacking on the break like an away side, who scored with their first effort. Rincón created the chance, exchanging passes with Yussuf, who hit a low shot from 20 metres. The effort cannoned off the leg of the lunging Francisco Pavón, bounced into the turf and looped into the net, wrong-footing Iker Casillas.

Decisive finish
If that goal was fortunate, there was nothing lucky about Dynamo's second, with Rincón again a key figure. The Brazilian threaded the ball into Verpakovskis, who took advantage of Míchel Salgado standing off him to cut inside and drill a fierce shot low into the far corner.

Raúl nears record
Madrid captain Raúl, who inspired that win over Roma, started the comeback again, with a sharp turn and shot after Figo's defence-splitting pass on 38 minutes. That strike left him one goal away from equalling Alfredo Di Stéfano's record of 49 goals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup.

Penalty award
As half-time approached, Casillas was called upon to punch away an Oleh Gusev drive from nine metres. But Madrid got back on level terms just before the break after Ronaldo was tripped by Badr El Kaddouri in the area. Figo, on the eve of his 32nd birthday, made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-2.

Double chance
The second half started in much the same vein, with Madrid keeping the ball better but Dynamo looking dangerous on the break. Casillas was relieved to see Kleber slice a decent chance over the bar, after good work down the right by Verpakovskis. Then Yussuf volleyed over when unmarked from a corner.

Important block
Madrid had not had one shot on goal in the second half when coach Mariano García Remón made his first change, replacing Michael Owen with Albert Celades. The switch almost cost the visitors, as Celades’s first touch gave the ball away and allowed Kleber to break. Only a diving intervention from Pavón prevented him shooting.

Figo strikes
Ronaldo came into the game more as well, and his clever pass set up Figo for a burst into the box. The Portuguese winger’s shot was punched clear by Olexandr Shovkovskiy. Better was to come on 68 minutes, when the Dynamo captain dived full-stretch to dramatically push another curling Figo effort around the post.

Cautious end
There was a cautious end as neither team were prepared to risk chasing the win for fear of conceding. The draw leaves both sides on level points with Leverkusen, who visit Madrid on Matchday 5 when Dynamo welcome Roma.

Last updated: 04/11/04 11.02CET

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Lineups

dynamo kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK) (C)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
4
RodolfoRodolfo
Yellow Card75
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
9
KleberKleber
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
13
SabljićGoran Sabljić
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
15
Diogo RincónDiogo Rincón
Yellow Card57
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
17
GhioaneTiberiu Ghioane
Yellow Card61
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal38
20
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution85
9
RonaldoRonaldo
Substitution87
23
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Goal23
Yellow Card67
Substitution75
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Goal44
Yellow Card86
Substitution90+2
30
El KaddouriBadr El Kaddouri
Substitution65
11
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution59
32
GavrančićGoran Gavrančić
14
GutiGuti
37
YussufAyila Yussuf
Goal13
Yellow Card78
22
PavónPaco Pavón

Substitutes

21
RevaVitaliy Reva (GK)
13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
3
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
4
Borja FernándezBorja Fernández
7
LekoJerko Leko
Substitution85
8
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution87
8
BelkevichValentin Belkevich
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
10
CernatFlorin Cernat
Substitution75
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
Substitution59
16
ShatskikhMaksim Shatskikh
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution90+2
26
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
Substitution65
27
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa

Coach

Jochef Sabo (UKR) Raul Masso Zambudio (ESP)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Panos Mavropoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Georgios Douros (GRE)

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