Match Review: Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona

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Ansu Fati

We have a look at matchday 4 in this match review which was a must-win game for the Blaugrana’s in the UEFA Champions League. The UCL dream is still alive!

As a Barca fan, these past couple of years have not been the best of memories that we would want to remember as far as Europe’s elite competition – the UCL is to be concerned with.

From being considered title contenders; to now fighting for a spot for qualification through the group, stages are quite the paradox that we have witnessed before our eyes.

As an interim coach, Sergi Barjuan took charge of the Blaugrana’s was left with an uphill task of keeping the Spanish side in contention for the UCL group stage qualification to the round of 16. With Pique and Pedri not travelling to Kyiv, Barjuan fielded a young side with Mingueza, Nico, Gavi, and Fati. The return of De Jong and Dembele to the squad list was a boost for the side as well.

It finally came down to the 70th minute, when wunderkind Ansu Fati, who started the match returning from injury, blasted the ball into the Kyiv net inside the box, which secured a win for the away side in a must-win game. The UCL dream stays alive.

First Half

Typical Barca, dominating possession from the start of the match and attacking through the wings created many opportunities. Despite the constant attacks throughout the first half, Barca came close only through a Nico Gonzalez header saved by the Kyiv goalkeeper minutes before the first half ended.

Busquets vs Dynamo Kyiv

The home side looked dangerous on every counter-attack and created chances that did give the away side a scare. In the 24th minute, after an exchange of passes, Tsygankov left Shaparenko in front of goal, which was their best chance to put Kyiv into the lead, but he pulled his shot off the target. Three minutes later, the number 10 got another chance, but he hit the outside of the net.

Second Half

Following the trend in the first half, the second half started quite similarly. Barca kept ball possession, and Kyiv looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Barca would have thought they had a chance to go into the lead when Ansu Fati was fouled in the penalty area an hour into the game. But after VAR, the penalty decision was overturned by the referee.

Ansu Fati looked more dangerous in the second half of the game than the first, and it was a matter of minutes before he gave the away side the lead. At 65 minutes, the much-awaited arrival of Frenchman Ousmane Dembele took to the pitch coming in for Gavi. At the 70th minute, from a low cross from Mingueza, Fati lashed onto a loose ball and blasted it to the back of the Kyiv net, leaving the goalkeeper no chance to stop his half-volley.

With 20 minutes to go, the home-side responded strongly with a barrage of several attacks on the Barca goal. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen kept the game alive with a crucial save from a shot by Tsygankov.

The Barca defence seemed shaky towards the end of the game, but they eventually held onto the 1-0 lead and came away with the spoils from Kyiv. It was Barca’s first away win in all competitions this season, and it did feel good.

Dynamo Kyiv vs Fc Barcelona
Courtesy: BBC

With this victory, FC Barcelona is placed in second place with six points. Dynamo Kyiv stays in fourth, with one point and still haven’t opened their scoring in this year’s UCL competition.

FC Barcelona will have to make the most of their remaining games against Benfica and FC Bayern Munich to go through to the round of 16 from Group E.

Mark your calendars. Benfica is up next on November 23.

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