ACF Fiorentina will look to maintain their unbeaten record in nine games against Ukrainian sides as FC Dynamo Kyiv return to Italy for their quarter-final second leg.
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ACF Fiorentina secured a draw at FC Dynamo Kyiv last time out, but their shaky home form means there is plenty of life left in this UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie.
• Having equalised late in the first leg, the Italian outfit have not lost in five meetings with Dynamo (W2 D3).
• Strikes from Luciano Chiarugi and Mario Maraschi earned Fiorentina a 2-1 victory in Kyiv in the first leg of the teams' 1969/70 European Champion Clubs' Cup second-round tie. The Florence return finished goalless.
• The teams met again in the 1989/90 UEFA Cup third round, Roberto Baggio scoring the only goal of the tie from the penalty spot in Perugia against Valeriy Lobanovskiy's Dynamo, who played over half that first leg with ten men. The Viola went all the way to the final before losing to Juventus.
• Fiorentina have won only one of their last four European home games (W1 D2 L1); Dynamo have lost three of their last four European away fixtures.
• Fiorentina are yet to lose in nine games against Ukrainian sides: W5 D4.
• Dynamo have won just twice in 19 encounters with Italian clubs, with both of those wins coming against AS Roma in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League. The game in Rome was a 3-0 forfeit success as the match was abandoned after referee Anders Frisk was hit by an object thrown from the crowd. They have thus yet to win a game in Italy over 90 minutes.
• Dynamo won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1974/75 and 1985/86, and last reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 2010/11.
• Fiorentina have never lost a quarter-final in this competition. A pair of 1-0 wins gave Bruno Giorgi's side victory against AJ Auxerre in 1990. There were also two goals in it in 2008 as, after a 1-1 first-leg draw at home, Adrian Mutu's double earned a 2-0 success at PSV Eindhoven.They were beaten by Rangers FC on penalties in the semi-finals.
• This season's UEFA Europa League records:
Fiorentina – W6 D4 L1 F19 A7
Dynamo – W7 D1 L3 F23 A12
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• Dynamo and Napoli are the top-scoring sides left in the competition, having scored 23 goals in their 11 games: an average of 2.09 per match.
• Dynamo's Miguel Veloso played in Italy with Genoa CFC from 2010–12, where his team-mates included Fiorentina's Nenad Tomović. Miguel Veloso and Fiorentina's Matías Fernández had previously played together with Sporting Clube de Portugal (2009–10).
• Dynamo's Jeremain Lens and Fiorentina's Mounir El Hamdaoui – who is not registered to play in the UEFA Europa League – won the 2008/09 Dutch title together during their time at AZ Alkmaar.
• Fiorentina's only Ukrainian player, Olexandr Yakovenko, is out on loan at ADO Den Haag. The winger previously played alongside Dynamo's Dieumerci Mbokani at RSC Anderlecht from 2011–13.
• With 39 strikes to date, Fiorentina's Mario Gomez needs one more goal to move above Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and become the fourth higest-scoring German player in UEFA club competition. Gerd Müller (62), Jupp Heynckes (45) and Ulf Kirsten (43) occupy the top slots.
• Dynamo's Andriy Yarmolenko has laid on six goals in this season's UEFA Europa League – more than any other player in the quarter-finals. He has also scored four. Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne (five goals, five assists) and Club Brugge's Lior Refaelov (six goals, four assists) have also had a hand in ten goals.
• Dynamo defender Betão could make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance in the Fiorentina game.
• Dynamo goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy has made the most UEFA club competition appearances of any of the players left in this season's UEFA Europa League: 134. Only 17 players have played more European games.
• Dynamo's Łukasz Teodorczyk is one of three Polish players who still have a chance of playing in this year's UEFA Europa League final in Warsaw, along with Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla FC) and Oskar Zawada (VfL Wolfsburg).
• Fiorentina boss since June 2012, Vincenzo Montella was known as 'L'Aeroplanino' (the Little Aeroplane) because of his modest stature and trademark goal celebrations during his time as a striker. An Italian international, he won the 2000/01 Serie A title with Roma, and has coached Roma and Calcio Catania since hanging up his boots.
• Dynamo boss Serhiy Rebrov formed a deadly attacking partnership with Andriy Shevchenko for the Bilo-Syni, though his goals dried up somewhat after moving abroad. Having retired in 2009, Rebrov took a job with Dynamo's youth team, but became head coach in May 2014 after a successful caretaker spell.
• Fiorentina's record in five UEFA competition penalty shoot-outs is W3 L2 (W2 L1 at home):
1-3 v Boavista FC (A), 1986/87 UEFA Cup first round
3-1 v Club Atlético de Madrid (H), 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round
4-3 v FC Groningen (H), 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round
4-2 v Everton FC (A), 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16
2-4 v Rangers FC (H), 2007/08 UEFA Cup semi-finals
• Dynamo's record in one UEFA competition penalty shoot-out is W1 L0 (W1 L0 away):
3-1 v AC Sparta Praha (A), 1998/99 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round