Dynamo Kyiv – Club Brugge: Club Brugge Survive Dramatic Finish To Advance To The Play-off Round of the Champions League (3-3)
The Champions League’s third qualifying round served up a truly exciting game of football. The hosts, Dynamo Kyiv, came into this clash looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg. Their opponents, Club Brugge, were looking to hold firm and secure a spot in the playoff round. Ninety minutes later the final whistle allowed us to catch our breaths. End-to-end attacking and transition play highlighted a truly dramatic tie.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Dynamo Kyiv manager Alyaksandr Khatskevich lined up the home side in a 4-3-3 formation. Their backline had Tomasz Kedziora and Vitalii Mykolenko as fullbacks who would frequently support the attackers during offensive play. Volodymyr Shepelev would be the deepest midfielder flanked by Vitaly Buyalskyy and Oleksandr Andrievsky,while the frontline was made up of nominal wingers. Viktor Tsygankov and Benjamin Verbic flanked striker Gerson Rodrigues.
Phillipe Clement matched his counterpart and sent Club Brugge out in a 4-3-3 shape as well. Mats Rits would be the Shepelev equivalent, sitting as the deepest part of the midfield three. He would have Ruud Vormer and Hans Vanaken to his sides. Fullbacks Clinton Mata and Eduard Sobol would also provide attacking support. The attacking trio consisted of Percy Tau and Emmanuel Dennis as wingers flanking David Okereke up front.
Kyiv would advance their fullbacks up high during their buildup, with Shepelev dropping to form a triangle with the center-backs. They would look to break past the first line of pressing while Buyalskiy and Andrievsky would stay high to pin the Brugge midfield back. Brugge would be organized in . . .