FC Dinamo Moskva have been one of the surprise packages of this season's UEFA Europa League, but may need their biggest shock yet to oust SSC Napoli.
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FC Dinamo Moskva's long unbeaten UEFA Europa League run ended at SSC Napoli in the first leg, but they will look to avenge that defeat and reach the last eight.
What they say
Stanislav Cherchesov, Dinamo Moskva coach: "At 3-1 we have a chance of qualifying. If it had been 4-1 then there would be almost none but despite playing for so long in the first leg with ten men we still have a window of opportunity. In the last round we had to beat Anderlecht [having drawn 0-0 away] but that didn't mean we forgot all about tactics. I believe in the team, and the fans can help spur us on."
Rafael Benítez, Napoli coach: Dinamo have dangerous players, especially in attack with the likes of Kevin Kuranyi. They are a dangerous side but the most dangerous thing for us would be not being fully focused after the victory in the first leg. I work every day with my players and I know full well how angry they get when they don't earn a good result [like Sunday's defeat at Hellas Verona FC]. They want to do things well and prove that they are a good side.
• Kuranyi gave Dinamo the lead inside two minutes as the sides met for the first time in the first leg, but Gonzalo Higuaín's hat-trick – and the dismissal of visiting midfielder Roman Zobnin – tilted the tie in Napoli's favour.
• Dinamo have yet to win a home game against Italian opponents (D1 L1), but Napoli have never won in Russia either (D1 L1).
• Current Dinamo coach Stanislav Cherchesov played in goal for the FC Spartak Moskva side that beat Napoli 5-3 on penalties after two 0-0 draws in a 1990/91 European Cup second round tie.
• Prior to the first leg, Dinamo were unbeaten in 13 European games (W9 D4) including all 12 of their games in this season's competition. They have won their last four European home games, but only one of them by a margin of more than one goal.
• Napoli have not conceded in three of their last four European away games, the exception being a 2-0 defeat at BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
• One of only three clubs left in the round of 16 who started out in the third qualifying round, Dinamo were the only side to make it through the group stage with six straight wins.
• Napoli have not reached the quarter-finals of a major UEFA tournament since they won the UEFA Cup in 1988/89, beating VfB Stuttgart over two legs in the final.
• Dinamo have not featured in the last 16 of a European competition since the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, when they bowed out to SK Rapid Wien in the quarter-finals. Their biggest European success to date was reaching the final of the 1971/72 European Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost to Rangers FC.
Trivia and links
• Higuaín's hat-trick against Dinamo was the 37th in the UEFA Europa League and the record-extending fifth by a Napoli player in the competition, following trebles by Edinson Cavani (two), Eduardo Vargas and Jonathan De Guzmán. No other club has registered more than three UEFA Europa League hat-tricks.
• Higuaín is one of six players to have scored six since the start of the UEFA Europa League group stage. Only Everton FC's Romelu Lukaku (7) and FC Salzburg's Alan (8) have scored more.
• Napoli midfielder Marek Hamšík and Dinamo defender Tomáš Hubočan are team-mates with Slovakia.
• Dinamo forward Aleksandr Kokorin turns 24 on the day of the second leg.
• Napoli (1989) are among five former UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League winners in the round of 16 along with FC Internazionale Milano (1991, 1994, 1998), AFC Ajax (1992), holders Sevilla FC (2006, 2007, 2014) and FC Zenit (2008).
• Napoli are one of five Italian clubs in the round of 16; only once before has one nation been represented by so many sides at this stage, West Germany having provided five contenders in the 1979/80 UEFA Cup.
• Dinamo coach since April 2014, Stanislav Cherchesov made his name as a goalkeeper with FC Spartak Moskva, 1. FC Dynamo Dresden and FC Tirol Innsbruck, also playing international football for the Soviet Union, the CIS and Russia. As a player, he claimed three Austrian titles with Tirol, going on to coach FC Wacker Innsbruck along with a number of Russian sides including Spartak.
• Napoli coach since May 2013, Rafael Benítez won two Spanish titles and the 2003/04 UEFA Cup with Valencia CF, the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League with Liverpool FC and the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League with Chelsea FC. The Spaniard lifted the Coppa Italia in his first Napoli campaign. Benítez could match Giovanni Trapattoni in becoming only the second coach to win the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League for a third time.
• Benítez (Chelsea, 2013) is one of three coaches involved in the round of 32 who have won the UEFA Europa League since the competition took on its current incarnation, along with Zenit's André Villas-Boas (FC Porto, 2011) and Sevilla's Unai Emery (Sevilla, 2014). Benitez is the only coach in the last 32 to have won the UEFA Champions League.
• Dinamo's record in three UEFA competition penalty shoot-outs is W3 L0 (W1 L0 at home):
4-3 v 1. FC Dynamo Dresden (H), 1974/75 UEFA Cup second round
3-0 v FC Universitatea Craiova (A), 1977/78 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round
3-1 v FC Hradec Králové (A), 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round
• Napoli's record in three UEFA competition penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2 (W0 L2 away from home):
3-4 v Toulouse FC (A), 1986/87 UEFA Cup first round
4-3 v Sporting Clube de Portugal (H), 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round
3-5 v FC Spartak Moskva (A), 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round