Dynamo visit gives Porto chance to clinch group

Porto have a three-point advantage at the top of Group G and if they avoid defeat at home to Dynamo Kyiv they will qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

Denys Garmash (left) and Danilo compete for an aerial ball in the teams' matchday one meeting
Denys Garmash (left) and Danilo compete for an aerial ball in the teams' matchday one meeting ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Porto's third successive UEFA Champions League victory has extended their advantage at the top of Group G to three points and if they avoid defeat in the home game against FC Dynamo Kyiv they will qualify for the knockout rounds.

• As long as they better Chelsea FC's result against Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, Porto, who are in their 20th group stage campaign, will clinch first place.

• On matchday one, Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored a last-minute equaliser on his UEFA Champions League debut to rescue a 2-2 draw for Dynamo after Vincent Aboubakar had grabbed his second of the night for Porto. Oleh Gusev had put the home side ahead.

Previous meetings
• The teams have met on seven occasions, all in the European Cup, and were twice paired in the group stage in recent seasons. They each won away in 2008/09, before Porto prevailed 3-2 at home and drew 0-0 away in 2012/13.

• The lineups at Estádio do Dragão on 24 October 2012 were:
Porto: Helton, Danilo, Maicon, Otamendi, Mangala, Fernando, James Rodríguez (Miguel Lopes 90+2), Lucho González, João Moutinho (Defour 75), Varela (Atsu 64), Jackson Martínez.
Dynamo: Shovkovskiy, Betão, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Taiwo, Vukojević (Kranjčar 84), Yarmolenko, Garmash, Miguel Veloso, Gusev, Brown.

• Silvestre Varela scored in the 3-2 win, secured by Jackson Martínez's late goal, while Helton also remains in Porto's squad. Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Khacheridi, Buyalskiy, Gusev, Denys Garmash and Niko Kranjčar are still at Dynamo.

• The 1986/87 semi-final was perhaps the teams' most significant tie. Porto won both legs 2-1 en route to claiming the trophy for the first time – they were also crowned in 2003/04.

• Julen Lopetegui's men followed the draw in Kyiv with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea FC and then took maximum points against Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (2-0 home, 3-1 away).

• They have only lost one of their 13 fixtures against Ukrainian sides – Dynamo's away win in 2008. Their overall record is W7 D5 L1 (W4 D1 L1 home).

• Porto won five and drew one of their six home games (including play-offs) in last season's competition, including a 6-0 defeat of FC BATE Borisov.

• They reached the quarter-finals, where they lost to FC Bayern München (winning 3-1 at home, losing 6-1 away), and are unbeaten in their last 12 European home matches (W9 D3).

• On matchday two, the White-Blues won 2-0 away to Maccabi and in the double-header against Chelsea drew 0-0 at home and lost 2-1 away.

• Dynamo have five points, two behind Chelsea and another three behind Porto.

• The win in Israel was Dynamo's first in eight away games in the competition proper – home and away they have recorded only five victories in their last 35 group stage encounters.

• They have played 17 games against Portuguese sides with the record W5 D4 L8 (W2 D1 L5 in Portugal).

Coach and player links
• Antunes twice faced Porto in 2006/07 while with FC Paços de Ferreira and scored against Helton in a 1-1 draw.

• Miguel Veloso played against Porto on ten occasions while with Sporting Clube de Portugal, scoring past Helton in a 3-0 win in 2009/10.

• Have played together:
Veloso and Varela (Portugal) 

Match facts

• Danilo and Maxi Pereira are a booking away from a ban.

• Porto are 20 games unbeaten in all competitions since the 6-1 defeat by Bayern in the second leg of their 2014/15 UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

• The Dragons cruised into the last 16 of the Portuguese Cup on Saturday thanks to Alberto Bueno's first two goals for the club in a comfortable 2-0 win against third-tier SC Angrense – Porto's 400th game in the competition. Sérgio Oliveira made his senior debut.

• Iker Casillas's clean sheet in Spain's 2-0 defeat of England on 13 November was his 100th for his country. He has been capped 165 times.

• Rúben Neves made his senior debut for Portugal in their 1-0 loss to Russia on 14 November.

• André André scored his first international goal as Portugal overcame Luxembourg 2-0 three days later.

• Antunes and Buyalskiy will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

• Dynamo have kept a clean sheet in 16 of their 22 games in all competitions this season.

• Dynamo have won four successive games without conceding in domestic competition since the 3-0 home loss to FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 16 October that ended their 38-match unbeaten run in the Ukrainian Premier League.

• Yarmolenko scored in both legs of Ukraine's victorious UEFA EURO 2016 play-off against Slovenia. Khacheridi, Serhiy Rybalka, Garmash, Serhiy Sydorchuk and Artem Kravets also featured in both matches.