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Dynamo scent opportunity as Porto seek lifeline

FC Dynamo Kyiv face FC Porto in the Ukrainian capital on Matchday 4 knowing that a second win against Jesualdo Ferreira's men would put them on the verge of a place in the last 16 for the first time since 1999/00.

Dynamo won the day on Matchday 3
Dynamo won the day on Matchday 3 ©Getty Images

Surprise winners at FC Porto on Matchday 3, FC Dynamo Kyiv welcome the Portuguese champions to the Valeri Lobanovskiy Stadium on 5 November knowing that a repeat performance would put them on the verge of a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

• Not since the 1999/00 season have Dynamo progressed from this stage of the competition yet they gave their prospects a significant boost by defeating Porto at the Estádio do Dragão through Olexandr Aliyev's solitary strike after 27 minutes.

• After previously drawing 1-1 at home to Arsenal FC and 0-0 at Fenerbahçe SK, Dynamo moved on to five points with that victory in Portugal, two behind Group G leaders Arsenal and two clear of third-placed Porto.

• Jesualdo Ferreira's Porto will be determined to make amends after suffering only their second defeat in their last 22 UEFA Champions League home ties, although they will have to improve on their previous away performance in the competition – a 4-0 loss at Arsenal on Matchday 2.

• Having started the group stage brightly, by beating Fenerbahçe 3-1, Porto need at least a draw to maintain credible hope of progress, although they have the incentive of knowing victory would lift them back above Dynamo into second place.

• Dynamo have played nine competitive games against Portuguese opposition, winning three and losing six.

• The Ukrainian side succumbed to defeats both at home (1-2) and away (0-3) against Porto's Portuguese Liga rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal in last season's group stage.

• Porto beat Dynamo on their one previous visit to Kiev to secure a place in the 1986/87 European Champion Clubs' Cup final.

• Porto won the first leg at the Estádio das Antas, their former home, on 8 April 1987. Paulo Futre (49) and António André (57) found the Dynamo net before Pavel Yakovenko (73) pulled a goal back.

• By the tenth minute of the return leg in the Ukrainian capital on 22 April, Porto had their final place secured having raced into a 2-0 lead through goals from Celso (3) and Luís Eduardo (10). Although Olexiy Mykhaylychenko, now Ukraine national coach, pulled a goal back 60 seconds later, the damage was done and Porto advanced, proceeding to beat FC Bayern München in the final to claim their first European Cup.

• Porto's only other previous meeting with Ukrainian opposition came in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals where they defeated FC Shakhtar Donetsk 4-3 on aggregate after a 3-2 home victory and 1-1 away draw. Porto reached the final of that competition too, but finished runners-up after losing to Juventus.

• Dynamo's assistant coach, Sergei Ovchinnikov, knows Portuguese football well having played as a goalkeeper for both SL Benfica (1997 to 1999) and Porto (2000 to 2002).

• The other Matchday 4 game in Group G pits Arsenal against Fenerbahçe.