Dynamo Kyiv said “yes” to the invitation from their Moscow counterparts to take part in the 85th anniversary festivities and the two clubs started celebrations with a friendly game, the first one in a three-game tourney.
Both teams missing their key players through injuries and international action, the two coaches lined up a raft of youngsters. In particular, Yuriy Semin opted to play Yarmolenko, Romanchuk, Fedoriv, Zozulya, Olinyk and Lysenko.
The hosts seized initiative and took a lead in the 18th minute. Portuguese Danni volleyed home from the right corner of the goalmouth, in from under the crossbar.
It did not take long for Kyiv to level off. With Millevskyy fouled, Aliyev hammered a 25-meter free kick into the center of the goal.
Moscow instantly regained control and conjured a good scoring chance in the 55th minute. Before goalkeeper Rybka and defender Mandzyuk were able to come to understanding, Kerjakov emerged from behind of the latter and shimmied goalwards. He was impeded, illegally, by Rybka and went on to take a spot kick. The goalkeeper did not miss his chance to parry a penalty he himself received.
The visitors responded with a few minutes left to be played. Aliyev again skillfully delivered a corner, causing a goalmouth scramble. Lysenko, few meters away from the goal, struck only to hit an opponent. The ball, it appeared, crossed the goal-line. The referee, however, gave no signal.
With no extra time, the fixture thus went to penalty shoot-out. It stretched to as may as twelve kicks. Dynamo Kyiv forward Lysenko’s strike was parried by the goalkeeper, meaning Moscow won 6-5 on penalties.