Dinamo Moskva storm back to beat Anderlecht

FC Dinamo Moskva 3-1 RSC Anderlecht (agg: 3-1)
The Russian side are through to the last 16 of a major UEFA competition for the first time in 19 seasons after recovering from a goal down.

Anderlecht defender Anthony Vanden Borre vies with Yuri Zhirkov
Anderlecht defender Anthony Vanden Borre vies with Yuri Zhirkov ©AFP/Getty Images

• Dinamo Moskva score three in the second half as they recover from 1-0 down
• Aleksei Kozlov's first goal since June 2010 levels the scores after half-time
• Olivier Deschacht, 34, makes his 500th competitive appearance for Anderlecht
• First time Dinamo have reached last 16 in major European competition since 1995/96
• Follow Friday's round of 16 draw on UEFA.com, with live streaming from 13.00CET

FC Dinamo Moskva came from a goal down to beat RSC Anderlecht 3-1 and book their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

Aleksandr Mitrović put the visitors ahead midway through the first period against the run of play, but a fine second-half performance earned victory for Stanislav Cherchesov's side. Aleksei Kozlov equalised from distance before Artur Yusupov tapped in after an Aleksandr Kokorin penalty had been saved, and Kevin Kuranyi ultimately made the game safe in added time.

Despite the hosts' early pressure, Anderlecht took the lead on 29 minutes. Youri Tielemans, 17, may have not got the connection he would have wanted with his shot, but it fell straight to Mitrović, and the Serbian slotted in from close range with Vladimir Gabulov stranded.

The Belo-Golubye pushed for an equaliser and found it two minutes into the second half from an unlikely source. The ball dropped to right-back Kozlov, and he fired a cracking effort past Silvio Proto from range for his first competitive goal in over four and a half years.

That gave the home side impetus and Kokorin, who had endured a quiet first half, finally got into the game. The Dinamo captain forced Proto into a good save at full stretch and then earned a penalty after he was brought down by Fabrice N'Sakala. Kokorin's spot kick was saved, but the ball dropped invitingly for Yusupov to tap in.

Anderlecht searched for the goal that would put them back in the box seat, but their evening only got worse when they were caught on the counterattack, Kuranyi finishing from close range to put the result beyond doubt.