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Leverkusen dismantle Dynamo

Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.06CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv Second-half goals ensure Leverkusen advance at Dynamo's expense.

Match statistics

LeverkusenDynamo Kyiv

Goals scored3
Attempts on target7
Attempts off target9
Fouls committed26
Yellow cards3
Red cards0



P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:47 CET
Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.06CET

Leverkusen dismantle Dynamo

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv Second-half goals ensure Leverkusen advance at Dynamo's expense.

By Mark Bennett at BayArena

Bayer 04 Leverkusen strolled into the UEFA Champions League's last 16 with a comfortable 3-0 win against FC Dynamo Kyiv in Group B, with all three goals coming in the second half.

Dynamo exit
Brazilian defender Juan gave the home side the lead six minutes after half-time, Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin made it two and Marko Babic sealed Dynamo's exit from the competition three minutes from the end, but by that time the Ukrainian side were well beaten.

Missing players
Both teams went into the match missing important midfield players. Leverkusen had to replace Jacek Krzynówek, who failed to recover from a calf problem in time, while Dynamo were without Jerko Leko, who is suffering from a leg injury.

Early opportunities
The absences did not detract from a bright start, however, and both sides could have taken the lead inside the opening three minutes. Paul Freier had the first chance of the game, but saw his shot easily claimed by Oleksandr Shovkovskiy and only seconds later Oleh Gusev saw his effort blocked by Jens Nowotny.

Voronin chance
Three minutes later Voronin went close to breaking the deadlock. The Ukrainian international cut inside from the left wing and escaped two tackles, only to see his effort from the edge of the area drift wide.

Shovkovskiy parry
Voronin continued to look Leverkusen's best weapon and went close again on eleven minutes. Shovkovskiy failed to hang on to Robson Ponté's free-kick, but recovered quickly to hook the loose ball to safety with his feet as Voronin closed in fast.

Fading promise
After Babic's optimistic 16th-minute lob was gathered by the Dynamo goalkeeper, early promise faded as the pace of the game slowed significantly. Leverkusen's next chance did not come until the 27th minute when Berbatov headed wide after a Ponté corner.

Vital intervention
Dynamo looked dangerous on the break throughout the first half and their best chance came six minutes before the break. Maris Verpakovskis took on and beat centre-half Nowotny before squaring the ball for Kleber, who was denied a certain goal by Roque Junior's outstretched leg.

Juan opener
Leverkusen finally got the breakthrough they needed six minutes into the second half. Voronin sent in a corner from the right and picked out Brazilian international Juan, who headed the home side into the lead.

Woodwork struck
Five minutes later Leverkusen's Ukrainian international almost doubled the lead. The 25-year-old slipped a tackle on the edge of the area, before firing in a left-footed shot. Voronin's attempt was good enough to beat Shovkovskiy, but struck an upright.

Berbatov blunder
Berbatov then went close two minutes later. After being released by Voronin, the Bulgarian international was through on his own with only Shovkovskiy to beat, but saw his shot blocked by Goran Sablic after rounding the keeper.

Schneider sensational
However, the visitors looked far from giving up and almost got an equaliser on 67 minutes. Rodolfo connected with a Gusev corner, but Bernd Schneider cleared his effort off the line. The 31-year-old was sensational ten minutes later, jinking through the Dynamo defence before intelligently squaring the ball for Voronin, who made no mistake this time.

Late third
Three minutes from the end Babic did even more damage with the third and sealed Leverkusen's place in the first knockout round as Group B winners, forcing Dynamo to join the small band of clubs who have failed to qualify from the group stage despite picking up ten points from their six matches.

Last updated: 09/12/04 9.38CET