Dynamo Kyiv out to end wait with knockout blow

Serhiy Rebrov led the Dynamo Kyiv attack the last time they reached the last 16 in 1999/2000; 16 years on and he is a win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv away from ending the wait.

Olexandr Shovkovskiy was Dynamo Kyiv's goalkeeper in 1999 as he is now
Olexandr Shovkovskiy was Dynamo Kyiv's goalkeeper in 1999 as he is now ©AFP/Getty Images

Possible lineups
Dynamo:
Shovkovskiy; Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Khacheridi, Antunes; Rybalka, Sydorchuk, Garmash, González, Yarmolenko; Moraes.
Out: none
Doubtful: Kravets (unspecified)

Maccabi: Rajković; Dasa, García, Tibi, Ben Harush, Rikan; Alberman, Igiebor, Peretz; Ben Chaim, Zahavi.
Out: Radonjić (ankle), Ben Haim (suspended)
Doubtful: Azulay (hamstring)

Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo coach
I don't agree that Maccabi are underdogs. They are a very strong team who eliminated Basel [in the play-offs], which is very telling. They created opportunities against us [on matchday two], as well as against Porto and Chelsea, but they have been a bit unlucky in the group.

That's why my players have to avoid thoughts of us being favourites. We have to play as a team in attack and defence. We understand the importance of the result and we must not miss this opportunity.

Dynamo had great times [in the late 90s] and our fans would be happy to return to those heights.

Highlights: Maccabi 0-2 Dynamo Kyiv
Highlights: Maccabi 0-2 Dynamo Kyiv

Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach
It is a game against one of the biggest teams in Europe in the most important club competition – that is motivation enough for us. It's a pity we will play behind closed doors, though. It's no advantage for us.

We have had a great tournament overall. We eliminated two very strong teams, Basel and Plzeň, in the qualifiers. Obviously we are not happy being without a point but it has been a great experience.

We want to become established in this competition and this is another step towards doing that.

Maccabi wrap up for training in Kyiv
Maccabi wrap up for training in Kyiv©AFP/Getty Images

Weekend results
Metalurh Zaporizhya 0-6 Dynamo Kyiv (Yarmolenko 8, Petrović 22, Garmash 47, Teodorczyk 61, Gusev 86pen 90+2)
Dynamo Kyiv head into the winter break level on points with Shakhtar at the Ukrainian Premier League summit after racking up their biggest top-flight victory of the campaign against winless bottom side Metalurh Zaporizhya.

Hapoel Kfar-Saba 0-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Maccabi's four-game lsraeli Premier League winning run came to a halt after they were held to a goalless draw which allowed Hapoel Beer Sheva to join the leaders on 29 points.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Dynamo: WWWWWL
Maccabi: DWLWWL

Reporter's view: Igor Linnyk
It's been a while since Dynamo got to the knockout phase, in fact it was back in 1999/2000 when current coach Serhiy Rebrov was still playing under Valeriy Lobanovskyi. The home side have everything in their favour apart from the empty stands, but Dynamo should experience no lack of commitment in the decisive clash against point=less Maccabi.

Did you know?
Dynamo's 2-0 matchday two win in Israel was their first UEFA Champions League group-stage away victory in seven years; the match background has this and more.

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