Dynamo Kyiv See Out Late Pressure To Seal Progress
D Boyko, T Kedziora, I Ordets, E Khacheridi, M Burda, I Bebou (E Salvio 72), D Garmash, S Sydorchuk (V Buyalskyi 77), D Gonzalez, A Besedin, A Kravets (R Yaremchuk 72)
P Pentz, F Klein (C Kobald 80), Tarkan Serbest, A Borkovic, C Cuevas, D Cancola (C Martins Pereira 69), J Jeggo, Lucas Venuto, A Grunwald, D Prokop, B Edomwonyi (M Jakolis 61)
Die Vielchen’s dreams of reaching the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League were ended in the Third Qualifying Round for the second successive season tonight as Dynamo Kyiv walked away from the Olympyskyi with a 2-1 victory to seal their place in the final round of qualifying. It was a spirited performance from Christopher Steegmann’s Austria Wien side but the Ukrainian giants were just too strong for their visitors and two stunning goals showed that, on this occasion the little bit of extra quality possessed by the home side was enough to carry them on through and relegate Die Vielchen into the Europa League for the second time in as many years.
After the 0-0 draw in Wien last week, Die Vielchen knew that a score draw was enough to send them through and that if they could score the first goal, Dynamo Kyiv would have to score twice without reply to progress but unfortunately for Steegmann and his team the game didn’t work quite to plan. The home side knew that they were the heavy favourites to progress and with the might of the Olympyskyi behind them it was understandable as to why they were. Alexandr Khatskevich named a strong side in the same 442 shape that had nullified Austria Wien’s attack in the first leg in the hope that it would work to similar effect when the two sides met again in the Ukrainian evening.
Sergiy Sydorchuk, one of the changes made to his starting eleven by Khatskevich was the man to break the deadlock on the night and in the tie in general. Within ten minutes the midfielder had surged into space outside the Austria Wien penalty area before unleashing a fierce effort which flew past Patrick Pentz and into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the hosts and give Die Vielchen the unenviable task of trying to claw their way back into the game. It had appeared that James Jeggo had found the equaliser for Austria Wien just eight minutes later, but his cushioned header past Denys Boyko was ruled out for a handball from the Australian midfielder, with large controversy surrounding the decision to disallow the goal.
As a result it meant that the game was still very much in the balance and another Dynamo Kyiv goal would severely damage Die Vielchen’s chances by posing Steegmann’s side with the task of needing to score twice to pull level. With Austria Wien pressing for an equaliser on the night, Kyiv’s tactical plan worked out as Besedin was played into space before driving the ball past Pentz in the Austria Wien goal to make it 2-0 and consign Die Vielchen to the Europa League. Lucas Venuto did provide Austria Wien with a spark of hope in the closing stages as he volleyed home a well timed finish from a tight angle with just minutes left on the clock but it wasn’t enough to light the fire that would see Die Vielchen comeback from defeat and ultimately it was Dynamo Kyiv that progressed into the next round of the competition.
Austria Wien meanwhile will have another Europa League campaign to look forward to this season with the draw being made on Friday 28th August, once qualification for the competition has been finalised and the 47 teams joining Austria Wien in the Group Stages are known. Steegmann and his coaching team will now turn their attentions to the weekends Bundesliga game against newly promoted Blau-Weiss Linz with Austria Wien looking to bounce back from the draw with Admira Wacker and return to winning ways on the domestic front.
It was a positive result, a clean sheet at home in the first leg is always a good result but our poor form in front of goal was slightly concerning and it cost us ultimately
We got the goal in Ukraine, just didn’t keep the score down ☹
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