On September 15, FC Dynamo Kyiv played the Europa League group stage matchday 2 game. The White-Blues hosted AEK Larnaca FC in Krakow.
After several defeats in a row, Dynamo succeeded in the domestic league game against FC Lviv, so Mircea Lucescu’s men were approaching this game in a good mood. Besides Kyivans played in a new home kit from New Balance.
Still there were issues before the game. Mykola Shaparenko, Heorhiy Bushchan and Ruslan Neshcheret will be out for quite a while due to injuries. Shepelev had health problems too.
Although home side had the first dangerous attack as opponent blocked the shot by Sydorchuk and then keeper coped with the cross from Kedziora, visitors opened the score. Gyurcso took a free kick perfectly and made it 0:1.
Dynamo tried to attack, but actually didn’t create true opportunities. Shot by Andriyevskyi was blocked while cross by Tsyhankov wasn’t a problem for opponents. Meanwhile Dubinchak had to save his team as AEK attempted to hit the open goal.
The White-Blues almost equalized halfway through the first half. Buialskyi hit the target after low cross by Dubinchak, but VAR noticed that Vladyslav was offside, so the goal was disallowed.
Afterwards visitors were doing better. Trichkovski was in a promising positions, but at first Boiko was there for his team and then AEK player sent the ball wide.
Generally Cyprus side players were better in terms of motion and looked more fit. Our performers mostly counted on set pieces, but neither free kicks nor corners resulted in anything.
Early in the second half Ukrainian side tried to attack, but couldn’t approach AEK goal close enough. What should be mentioned is decent strike by Syrota from distance and attempt of Kedziora Piric coped with. On the other side of the field Boiko saved after shot by Olatunji.
Then the speed decreased and the game was mostly happening in the midfield. Crosses into the penalty area were cleared or blocked by opponents. Shots from distance were inaccurate. Thus the score didn’t change any more. 0:1 – second defeat of our team in the Europa League group stage.