Dynamo Kyiv VS Club Brugge, a low-scoring draw

Match Time:2/18/2021 23:00 Thursday  (GMT+8)

UEFA Europa League --  Dynamo Kyiv   VS   Club Brugge

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Dynamo Kiev and Club Brugge return to continental action on Thursday evening with a last-32 fixture in the Europa League.  

 

Both clubs finished in third position in their Champions League groups before Christmas, giving them a second shot at going deep in a European competition this season.  

 

Match preview

Having been drawn alongside Juventus and Barcelona for the Champions League group stages, those associated with Dynamo Kiev would have been quick to acknowledge that earning a place in the Europa League was a best-case scenario.   

 

As expected, four defeats were recorded during those fixtures, leaving Kiev to edge out Ferencvaros in their final game to earn third place in Group G.  Mircea Lucescu will be satisfied with gaining an opportunity in this competition, even if the Ukrainian side are regarded as rank outsiders to reach the latter stages.  

On the plus side, their domestic form has been excellent with 33 points from 14 matches keeping them above rivals Shakhtar Donetsk.  

 

Kiev returned from their scheduled break with a 3-1 victory over Olimpik Donetsk, needing to overturn an early deficit to see off the mid-table side.  

 

Opponents Brugge came agonisingly close to reaching the Champions League last 16, only missing out to a Lazio side who held on to claim a share of the spoils on matchday six.  

 

While Philippe Clement and his side were naturally left frustrated, there is a feeling that Brugge can become dark horses on the European scene if they continue their recent progression.  

 

Already sitting 13 points clear in the Belgium top flight, Clement can afford to place full focus on this competition as they bid to go beyond the last-32 stage for the first time since 2015.  Brugge have won their last 10 matches in all competitions, netting at least two goals in each of those encounters.  

 

Dynamo Kiev Champions League form: LDLLLW 

Dynamo Kiev form (all competitions): WLWDWW  

Club Brugge Champions League form: WDLLWD 

Club Brugge form (all competitions): WWWWWW  

 

Team News 

Having played just one competitive game in two months, Lucescu could stick with the same players which featured at the weekend.  

 

Artem Besedin netted a double in that fixture as he made his first appearance since being handed a year-long doping ban by UEFA.  

 

Clement may also stick with the same starting lineup due to Brugge having not played since a 3-1 win over Royal Antwerp on February 10.  

 

That would see Manchester United loanee Tahith Chong remain on the substitutes' bench after his January switch from Werder Bremen.  

 

Dynamo Kiev possible starting lineup: 

Bushchan; Karavaev, Kedziora, Popov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Buyalskyi, De Pena; Besedin  

 

Club Brugge possible starting lineup: 

Mignolet; Mata, Kossounou, Mechele, Denswil; Vormer, Rits, Vanaken; Lang, Dost, De Ketelaere    

 

Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Club Brugge

 

Dynamo Kyiv VS Club Brugge, a low-scoring draw

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