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FC Dynamo Kyiv are closing in on a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 but must be wary of a shock result against eliminated Rio Ave FC in Group J.

Dynamo flattened Rio Ave on the Portuguese side's group stage debut
Dynamo flattened Rio Ave on the Portuguese side's group stage debut ©Getty Images

FC Dynamo Kyiv lie within sight of the UEFA Europa League round of 32, but eliminated Rio Ave FC can still throw a spanner in the works with a revenge win in their Group J encounter on matchday five.

Form guide
Rio Ave lost 3-0 at home to Dynamo on matchday one – their heaviest defeat in UEFA competition – but Dynamo are without a win in their last four home meetings with Portuguese sides (D2 L2).

• European debutants Rio Ave have lost their last three UEFA away matches – all by one-goal margins; Dynamo have won both of their Group J home fixtures by two goals.

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

Trivia and links
Rio Ave striker Ukra got his unusual nickname as a child because his long, fair hair supposedly made him look Ukrainian.

Rio Ave's Belarusian midfielder Renan Bressan is by far the most experienced European campaigner in their squad. He faced Dynamo twice with FC BATE Borisov in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage; his side drew 2-2 in Kyiv but lost 4-1 at home.

Dynamo boast Portuguese talent in the form of Miguel Veloso. During his days at Sporting Clube de Portugal, the midfielder was a team-mate of Rio Ave left-back Tiago Pinto.

The coaches
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.

• As a defensive midfielder, Rio Ave coach Pedro Martins' career peaked during a three-year spell at Sporting – during which he earned, in 1997, his only cap for Portugal. As a coach, he worked his way up the leagues, joining Rio Ave in 2014 after a four-year stint at CS Marítimo.

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