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FC Steaua Bucureşti have won their last five European home games and need another win against FC Dynamo Kyiv to have any chance of getting through UEFA Europa League Group J.

Dynamo's Domagoj Vida under pressure from Steaua's Cristian Tănase
Dynamo's Domagoj Vida under pressure from Steaua's Cristian Tănase ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Steaua Bucureşti need a win – and a substantial favour from Rio Ave FC – if they are to join matchday six guests FC Dynamo Kyiv in the top two places in UEFA Europa League Group J.

Steaua need to win – and hope Aalborg BK drop points at Rio Ave – if they are to finish second.

Dynamo would surrender top spot if they lose and AaB win at Rio Ave.

Form guide
• Andriy Yarmolenko scored one and set up another as Dynamo beat Steaua 3-1 on matchday two.

• In the sides' most notable previous meeting, Anghel Iordănescu's Steaua beat Valeriy Lobanovskiy's Dynamo 1-0 in the 1986 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco, Gheorghe Hagi scoring the only goal.

• The teams for that game on 24 February 1987 were:
Steaua: Stângaciu, Iovan, Bumbescu, Belodedici, Bărbulescu, Bălan, Lăcătuş, Bölöni, Hagi (Balint 84), Stoica (Majearu 89), Piţurcă.
Dynamo: Chanov, Bal, Baltacha, Kuznetsov, Demianenko, Evtushenko, Yakovenko, Rats, Zavarov (Morozov 77), Belanov (Mykhailychenko 50), Blokhin.

• When Steaua met Dynamo in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League, current Steaua assistant coach Nicolae Dică scored three times – two in a 4-1 away win and one in a 1-1 home draw – while current Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov was on target for Dynamo in Kyiv.

Steaua are unbeaten in seven European home games (W5 D2) and have won the most recent five, all of them this season.

Trivia and links
• Beşiktaş JK's Gökhan Töre and Dynamo's Andriy Yarmolenko top the assist rankings, both setting up four goals in this season's group stage.

Steaua midfielder Alexandru Bourceanu can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance in the Dynamo game.

Dynamo are competing in the UEFA Europa League group stage for a fourth time, having only once – in 2011/12 – failed to make it through to the round of 32.

The coaches
Steaua coach Constantin Gâlcă was capped 68 times as a midfielder and played in Spain with RCD Mallorca, RCD Espanyol and Villarreal CF among others after making his name at Steaua. He took charge of his old club in June 2014 following a spell working as Romania's Under-17 coach.

Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov formed a deadly attacking partnership with Andriy Shevchenko for the Bilo-Syni, though his goals dried up somewhat after moving abroad. Following retirement in 2009, Rebrov took a job with Dynamo's youth team, but became first team coach in May 2014 after a successful caretaker spell.