UCL matchday 6: Dynamo Kyiv – Beşiktaş

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Updated: December 5, 2016

The Black Eagles stand ahead their single most important European fixture in history, a win would guarantee Beşiktaş a place in the round of 16 of the 2016/17 edition of the UEFA Champions League.

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Beşiktaş have thusfar never been able to survive the group stages of the Champions League, although they came very close during their 2003/4 campaign under Mircea Lucescu, but they bowed out to the Europa League instead when Sparta Prague scored a stoppage time winner in Rome to beat Lazio Roma. This time Beşiktaş are on the exact same point as they were all those moons ago, with one win and 4 draws they are still unbeaten in this season’s campaign however and are therefore the first Turkish club to go without a single defeat in their opening five matches in a UCL groupstage campaign. Tomorow they have the chance to become the first ever Turkish club to go unbeaten during an entire UCL groupstage campaign, but more importantly they could secure the club’s first ever qualification for the round of 16.

While Beşiktaş still hold all the cards in hand, they could even still win the group, Dynamo Kyiv’s faith has already been sealed; they’re out of Europe and will finish bottom in the group no matter what transpires on Tuesday. But the ruling Ukrainian champions won’t want to go out without a fight, they currently have only two points and have lost both their previous home games; they have something to make up for with their home fans.

Many fans aren’t expected at the stadium however, as only 12 thousand tickets have been sold for the home fans, perhaps the cold weather conditions play a part in that but surely the overall season the team has had so far will pay a big part too.

Despite Kyiv’s hopeless position their coach Sergey Rebrov stated in the pre-match press conference that he will field his strongest possible team, despite having a key match against league leaders Shakthar Donetsk next Monday. The weather forecast isn’t really in Beşiktaş’ favour, currently it’s -12 degrees Celsius and similar conditions are expected tomorow evening on top of which some mild snow fall could also occur.

Beşiktaş miss no players due to suspension but both Oğuzhan Özyakup and Gökhan Gönül are somewhat doubtful for the match as they suffered from some minor pains during training, as indicated by Şenol Güneş during the pre-match press conference. But aside from Anderson Talisca and Caner Erkin the Black Eagles should have their full squad available for tomorow’s clash with Kyiv.

The homeside are missing several players due to injury and despite what Rebrov stated prior to the match, he may opt to rest several players regardless. Star player Yarmolenko is expected to start however, as Dynamo Kyiv still hope he’ll make an impact in the hopes of selling him for a large fee to a European top competition during the Summer.

With a win Beşiktaş have certainty of qualification but even with a draw all hope is not lost, but then they depend on the result between Benfica and Napoli as explained below.

Group situation explained

SL Benfica

  • Group winner if they beat Napoli (home)
  • Qualify as 2nd placed team if they draw and Beşiktaş don’t beat Dynamo Kyiv
  • Have the better head to head with Beşiktaş based on away goals

SSC Napoli

  • Group winner if they beat Benfica (away) or if they draw and Beşiktaş don’t beat Dynamo Kyiv
  • Qualify as 2nd placed team if Beşiktaş lose to Dynamo Kyiv
  • Have the better head to head with Benfica (4-2 win in Italy)

Beşiktaş JK

  • Group winner if they beat Dynamo Kyiv (away) and Benfica and Napoli play to a draw
  • Qualify as 2nd placed team if they draw and Benfica beat Napoli or if they win but either Benfica or Napoli also win
  • Have the better head to head with Napoli (2-3 win in Italy)

FC Dynamo Kyiv

  • Already eliminated

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FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) – Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
Location: NSK Olimpijs’kyj
Referee: Craig Thompson (SCO)
Date: Tuesday, December 6th
Time: 20:45 CET
Channel: TRT 1
Group B Matchday 6


Dynamo Kyiv predicted XI:

Rudko; Morozyuk – Khacheridi – Vida – Antunes; Sydorchuk – Harmash – Rybalka(Korzun); Yarmolenko -Gonzales (Gromov) – Junior Moraes

Beşiktaş predicted XI:

Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck (Gökhan Gönül) – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (Gökhan Inler) – Tolgay Arslan; Ricardo Quaresma – Vincent Aboubakar – Cenk Tosun (Olcay Şahan)

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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