Not the best scoreline, but one of the best matches in terms of drama as Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica played out a very entertaining 0-0 draw that included goalkeeper heroics, VAR, and missed chances.
Dynamo Kyiv started the first half on the front foot, but just before the 10th-minute mark, Dynamo Kyiv came close through a Shaparenko free-kick which was saved well. Other than that, Dynamo enjoyed 74% of the possession, but could not create any big chances and had only one shot on target. Yaremchuk came close for Benfica just before the halftime whistle.
The second half started with Benfica trying to penetrate the Dynamo Kyiv again, like the whole game, but they could not until the very last. Yaremchuk and co. came pretty close, but they could not break the deadlock. But at the very death, Shaparenko thought he scored one only to be ruled out for offside, which ended the game all square.
Denys Boyko: 9/10
Star of the show as Dynamo Kyiv’s keeper guarded the goal extremely well and did not let Benfica score.
Tomasz Kedziora: 7/10
Was not an easy outing playing on the backfoot the whole game, but Kedziora did well to stop crosses.
Illia Zabarnyi: 7/10
Pivotal in keeping the game all square as Zabarnyi and his partners in the defense pocketed the attackers.
Oleksandr Syrota: 6/10
A big performance in terms of effort but Syrota was beaten many times, and if luck was not on his side, they might have conceded.
Vitalii Mykolenko: 6/10
Had a difficult game blocking the ball but Mykolenko did his best and as the score was goalless, he had a part to play in it.
Mykola Shaparenko: 8/10
Almost turned out to be the hero of the game, only to be left in agony as his effort in the 93rd minute was adjudged offside.
Serhiy Sydorchuk: 7/10
A very silent game for Sydorchuk as he hardly got to impact the game but that was the story for the whole of the Kyiv midfield.
Viktor Tsigankov: 5/10
Not a good performance, as he had contributed nothing in the game. Tsigankov was not really in the game, and did not do anything convincing.
Carlos De Pena: 6/10
De Pena was working in the game and was also keeping all the defenders on toes whenever in possession but was not up to that point.
Vitaly Buyalsky: 6/10
With just only one shot, Buyalsky failed to get any room for some impactful play as he was dominated by the Benfica defense.
Ilya Shkurin: 5/10
A disappointing outing for an otherwise in-form striker as Shkurin could not make any chances for himself and struggled to influence.
Denis Harmash: 6/10
This substitution proved to be nothing as Harmash replaced the struggling Skhurin and could not impact the game until the last minute of the second half.
Alexander Karavaev: NA
Benjamin Verbic: NA
Odisseas Vlachodimos: 7/10
Vlachodimos did well saving the 2-3 chances that Kyiv had, but was a spectator most of the game.
Nicolas Otamendi: 7/10
A solid performance from the Benfica captain as he was one of the main characters in the show of dominating the Kyiv attackers.
Jan Vertonghen: 7/10
The veteran was the best defender out of the three and did his best to not let the Dynamo Kyiv players have any pockets of space.
Another crucial player in the Benfica defense as Morato was key in not letting Skhurin loose with some heavy defending.
Gilberto Junior: 5/10
Gilberto was the poorest out of all Benfica players as lost a lot of possession and misplaced many passes during the game.
Joao Mario: 8/10
Benfica’s one of the best players throughout the game as his work in the midfield let to the attacking inputs from the Portuguese side. Controlled the game well and was sharp in the turn of possession.
Julian Weigl: 6/10
An average game for the German in the midfield as he could not get himself into the game right away but slowly grew onto it.
Alex Grimaldo: 6/10
An outing to forget for Grimaldo as he struggled in tracking back and his only highlight being the crosses that resulted in nothing.
Rafa Silva: 7/10
Looked really dangerous on the ball and definitely one of the decent Benfica attackers from the first half as Rafa tried his best.
Poor performance from an otherwise brilliant player as Everton lacked both attitude and gameplay and hence was subbed.
Roman Yaremchuk: 6/10
A disappointing outing for an otherwise in-form striker as he got a lot of chances but it wasn’t just his night.
Nemanja Radonjic: 7/10
Radonjic looked good when he came in for Everton, but could not be convincing in terms of clutch moments.
Darwin Nunez: 6/10
Nunez came in to put some pressure on Dynamo Kyiv, and had some good moments too, but failed to put any considerable impact.
Valentino Lazaro: 6/10
Lazzaro replaced the poor Gilberto in hope of some magic, but luck was not on his side either as nothing really changed.
Adel Taraabt: NA