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City keen to maintain Dynamo hoodoo

Manchester City FC are in pole position to break new ground by reaching the last eight of the UEFA Champions League at the expense of FC Dynamo Kyiv, who have never won in England.

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Manchester City FC welcome FC Dynamo Kyiv for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie looking well placed to progress to the last eight.

• City are aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time and take on a Dynamo side who have never won a game in England.

• Manuel Pellegrini's side are in pole position to progress having won 3-1 in Kyiv on 24 February thanks to goals from Sergio Agüero, David Silva and Yaya Touré.

Previous meetings
• Dynamo prevailed 2-1 on aggregate when the clubs met in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 16. Andriy Shevchenko and Oleh Gusev struck in a 2-0 first-leg win and City's 1-0 victory back in Manchester, through Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick, was not enough to save them on a night when Mario Balotelli was sent off after 36 minutes.

• The lineups for that second leg on 17 March 2011 were:
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov (Milner 88), De Jong, Barry (Johnson 71), Silva (Džeko 76), Touré, Balotelli, Tévez.
Dynamo: Shovkovskiy, Danilo Silva, Almeida, Yussuf, Popov, Gusev, Eremenko, Vukojević, Yarmolenko (Betão 90), Ninković (Zozulya 46), Shevchenko (Garmash 62).

Match background

Manchester City
• City are seeking a third straight home win in the competition having defeated Sevilla FC (2-1) and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-2) in the group stage. On both occasions they won the game with goals in the final ten minutes.

• City have lost all of their three previous two-legged ties in Europe's elite club competition – against SK Fenerbahçe (first round, 1968/69) and FC Barcelona (round of 16, 2013/14 and 2014/15). On each occasion they travelled away for the second leg and lost.

• If City have yet to reach the quarter-finals, their coach Manuel Pellegrini has been there with two different clubs – Villarreal CF (2005/06, 2008/09) and Málaga CF (2012/13).

• City have never failed to win a European tie after winning the away first leg. There have been six such contests, most recently against FC Porto in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32 (2-1 away, 4-0 home).

• City's record in penalty shoot-outs in UEFA competition is W2 L0:
4-2 v FC Midtjylland, 2008/09 UEFA Cup second qualifying round
4-3 v Aalborg BK, 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16

Dynamo Kyiv
• Group G runners-up Dynamo are looking to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1999 – when coach Serhiy Rebrov was leading their attack.

• Although the Ukrainian title-holders lost 2-1 at Chelsea FC in the group stage, they did win their two other away fixtures – 2-0 victories at Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC and FC Porto.

Dynamo lost 2-1 in north-west England last season when beaten by Everton FC in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie. Rebrov's men bounced back to win the second leg 5-2 through goals by Andriy Yarmolenko, Łukasz Teodorczyk, Miguel Veloso, Oleh Gusev and Antunes.

• Dynamo's overall record away to English clubs is W0 D2 L11.

• Dynamo have twice recovered from losing at home in the first leg of a UEFA competition tie – against Trabzonspor AŞ in the 2004/05 third qualifying round (1-2 home, 2-0 away) and AC Sparta Praha in the 1998/99 second qualifying round (0-1 home, 1-0 away, won 3-1 on penalties). They have lost the other six ties in which they were beaten at home first time, including both when the initial defeat was by a two-goal margin.

• Dynamo's shoot-out record is W1 L0:
3-1 v AC Sparta Praha, 1998/99 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round

Coach and player links
• Rebrov played in England for Tottenham Hotspur FC (2000–04: 75 games, 16 goals) and West Ham United FC (2004–05: 32 games, 2 goals). His two appearances against City came with Spurs in 2000/01: a 0-0 home draw and 1-0 away victory at Maine Road in which he hit the 89th-minute winner.

• Rebrov's last appearance in England as a Dynamo player was in a 4-0 UEFA Champions League group stage defeat at Manchester United FC in 2007/08 – the penultimate European outing of his playing career.

• Overall Rebrov scored three goals in five appearances against English clubs for Dynamo (W1 D2 L2). His only goal for Dynamo in England was a 92nd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal FC in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• With Ukraine, Rebrov faced England in a 2-0 friendly defeat at Wembley in May 2000.

• In his first European campaign with Villarreal, Pellegrini oversaw a 2-0 aggregate victory over Dynamo in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup round of 32, featuring a 2-0 second-leg home success on 24 February 2005.

• In eight seasons in Ukraine with FC Shakhtar Donetsk (2005-13), Fernandinho won six league titles and four Ukrainian Cups. Two of those final victories were against Dynamo (2008, 2011) but the 2008 Ukrainian player of the year also lost the 2007 final to Dynamo, Gusev scoring the winner.

• Fernandinho also faced Dynamo with eventual tournament winners Shakhtar in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup semi-finals, hitting their equaliser in a 1-1 first-leg draw in Kyiv (agg 3-2).

• Fernandinho's team-mates at Shakhtar included Olexandr Rybka.

• Veloso scored in both legs of Sporting Clube's 4-2 aggregate victory over Everton in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 32. Veloso had earlier lost at Man. United with Sporting in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage. 

• Touré had a spell in Ukraine with FC Metalurh Donetsk (2004–05), playing 33 league games and scoring three goals.

• Silva played in Spain's 1-0 home win over Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying tie in March 2015. Yevhen Khacheridi, Denys Garmash and Yarmolenko appeared for Ukraine.

• It was at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk that Dynamo's Ukraine contingent lost to both Samir Nasri's France (0-2) and Joe Hart's England (0-1) at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Garmash scored in Ukraine's 2-0 victory over England in the final of the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Donetsk. Serhiy Rybalka also featured.

Match facts

Manchester City
• City have lost four of their last eight matches, and drew 0-0 at Norwich City FC on 12 March.

• On 28 February, the Citizens defeated Liverpool 3-1 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw, to win the English League Cup for the fourth time. Willy Caballero saved three spot kicks.

• Agüero scored twice in the 4-0 victory over Aston Villa FC on 5 March. Agüero, who has 128 City goals to his name, needs two more to move into the top ten on the club's all-time list.

• Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) has not played since 6 January.

• The City of Manchester Stadium will host England's UEFA EURO 2016 warm-up match against Turkey on 22 May.

Dynamo Kyiv
• Vitaliy Buyalskiy, Danilo Silva, Nikita Korzun and Rybalka are a booking away from a ban. Antunes is available after serving a one-match suspension in the first leg.

• Olexandr Yakovenko, son of former Dynamo and USSR midfielder Pavlo Yakovenko, made his Dynamo debut in the 2-0 home victory against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 5 March.

• Artur Rudko and Roman Yaremchuk debuted for Dynamo in the 1-1 draw away to PFC Olexandriya in the first leg of their Ukrainian Cup quarter-final on 1 March.

• Yarmolenko, who did not feature in any of Dynamo's friendlies during the winter break because of an ankle injury, has scored in all three of their competitive games in March: against Olexandriya, Dnipro and – in their most recent league fixture, on 11 March – FC Karpaty Lviv.

• Olexandr Shovkovskiy played his 412th Ukrainian top-flight match on Friday, matching the record of former Dnipro and FC Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Oleh Shelayev.

• Dynamo have won all seven league games since a 3-0 home loss to Shakhtar on 16 October.