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Watertight Panathinaikos welcome Dinamo Moskva

Having never conceded against Russian opponents, Panathinaikos FC will aim to extend that run when they welcome FC Dinamo Moskva in UEFA Europa League Group E.

Giannis Anastasiou passes instructions to his (Panathinaikos players
Giannis Anastasiou passes instructions to his (Panathinaikos players ©AFP/Getty Images

Panathinaikos FC will look to extend their run of clean sheet against Russian clubs to four games as they take on FC Dinamo Moskva in their opening UEFA Europa League Group E game.

Form guide
Panathinaikos have yet to concede in three European matches against Russian opponents, while Dinamo have not scored in their last two games in Greece since beating Olympiacos FC 2-0 in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round.

Panathinaikos have lost only one of their last eight European home games – 2-1 to R. Standard de Liège in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round – though that run also includes three draws.

Dinamo are unbeaten in four European matches this season, with both of their victories coming away from home. Curiously, both those wins were at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Trivia and links
Panathinaikos's Croatian central defender Gordon Schildenfeld has been loaned to the club for a second season by Dinamo, having joined the Moscow side from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2012.

Panathinaikos's Swedish forward Marcus Berg and Dinamo's Hungarian winger Balázs Dzsudzsák played together for PSV from 2010 to 2011.

The coaches
Panathinaikos coach Giannis Anastasiou was capped five times by Greece and played abroad with RSC Anderlecht, Roda JC and AFC Ajax among others. Briefly a first-team coach at Reading FC in England, he took command at Panathinaikos in May 2013.

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, and played international football for the Soviet Union, the CIS and Russia. As a player, he won three Austrian titles with Tirol, going on to coach FC Wacker Innsbruck along with a number of Russian sides including Spartak.

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