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Dynamo fight back for Beşiktaş draw

A fine Ricardo Quaresma free-kick put Beşiktaş in front but, just as the home side started thinking of a first Group B win, 18-year-old Viktor Tsygankov earned Dynamo Kyiv a draw.

Matchday 2 highlights: Beşiktaş 1-1 Dynamo Kyiv
Matchday 2 highlights: Beşiktaş 1-1 Dynamo Kyiv

Beşiktaş were made to pay for their profligacy as Dynamo Kyiv recovered from Ricardo Quaresma's splendid free-kick to force a draw in Istanbul.

Şenol Güneş side looked to take the game to their visitors from the first whistle, and broke through in the 29th minute as Quaresma's 20-metre free-kick found the top corner of Artur Rudko's net despite the best efforts of the UEFA Champions League debutant.

Dynamo found a reply with their own set piece, 18-year-old Viktor Tsygankov scoring his first UEFA Champions League goal just three minutes into his second competition appearance, stealing in at the far post to equalise. Andriy Yarmolenko might have given the visitors victory, yet was denied by Fabri in a late one-on one.

Key player: Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş)
When the hosts were at their best in the first period, Quaresma was the player through whom most of their attacking play moved. His stunning strike was perfect and later the Portuguese attacker could have doubled his tally for the night, a shot with the outside of his right boot flying just over. If Beşiktaş's last two seasons were defined by their well-drilled passing combinations, now they earn points only by beautiful free-kicks. A fortnight ago it was Talisca against Benfica; here it was Quaresma.

Weakness at set pieces 
This campaign turns out to be all about dead balls for Beşiktaş. It was a Talisca marvel that saved the day in Lisbon a fortnight ago and in Istanbul, Quaresma opened the scoring for them. However, at the other end, poor defending cost Beşiktaş two points. It certainly leaves Şenol Güneş some thinking to do.

Beşiktaş' Marcelo (left) tangles with Júnior Moraes of Dynamo Kyiv
Beşiktaş' Marcelo (left) tangles with Júnior Moraes of Dynamo Kyiv©AFP/Getty Images

Dynamo's ineffective possession
A wise man said yesterday: "It's all about having effective possession." That was Carlo Ancelotti and he knows what he's talking about. Serhiy Rebrov probably agrees with his more decorated colleague but possession without penetration has been one of Dynamo's major shortcomings this term. Previously renowned for their counterattacking style, now Dynamo try to build their attacks patiently yet this mainly leads to central defenders exchanging passes. Dynamo were unable to capitalise on their spells of dominance, and were lucky to be able to count on their dead-ball experts when their combination game did not work.

Reporters' views

Çetin Cem Yılmaz, Beşiktaş (@UEFAcomCetinCY)
It was always going to be a close game, and Beşiktaş will regret not holding onto their lead and hitting Dynamo on the break after they went 1-0 up. At times, Quaresma and Talisca were too good for the visitors' defence, but Beşiktaş's rhythm was not sustained, and disappeared for good after the visitors' equaliser. For Beşiktaş, the priorities should be set-piece defending and starting to get goals from their strikers – either Vincent Aboubakar or Cenk Tosun.

Bogdan Buga, Dynamo (@UEFAcomBogdanB)
Rebrov faced big problems in midfield with Serhiy Sydorchuk suspended and Valeriy Fedorchuk injured. After Vitaliy Buyalskiy's first-half knock, the coach then had to rely on Nikita Korzun, and that was major problem for Dynamo. The young Belarusian international appeared uncomfortable as Dynamo lost control of midfield, which could have turned out much worse but for the efforts of Yevhen Khacheridi, covering brilliantly in central defence and helping secure the point.

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