With both sides sitting on one point after two matches, each is desperate for a win that would see them back in the conversation for the knockout rounds. Should Napoli beat Besiktas, a winner in this match would climb into second and control their own destiny to get out of the group. Coming off a 4-0 defeat to Napoli, Benfica are looking to match their domestic momentum - they've won 18 of their last 19 league matches, drawing the other. Kyiv meanwhile, have clambered into second in Ukraine. They have an exciting young midfielder in Viktor Tsygankov, who has two league goals and came off the bench to score the equalizer against Besiktas last time out. Should this match end in a draw and Napoli win, both teams would be level on points with Besiktas while the Serie A side would become the first team to qualify for the knockout round after three matches.
Last campaign, Dynamo made it to the knockout rounds for the first time before losing to Manchester City 3-1 on aggregate. Prior to that, they had spent three straight seasons in the Europa League. They’ll have a decent opportunity to repeat last season’s feat with Besiktas, Napoli and Benfica alongside them in Group B. In attack, Dynamo are lead by Andriy Yarmolenko, who has been in the first team since 2008 and Brazilian Junior Moraes, who scored 11 in 26 appearances last season. They’ll host their Group B opponents in the Olympic Stadium, with a capacity just over 70,000.
Benfica won their second straight Primeira Liga title last season, with a +66 goal difference along the way. Meanwhile in the Champions League, they had a notable win against eventual runners-up Atletico Madrid and managed a draw against Bayern in the quarter-finals, eventually losing 2-3 on aggregate. In the offseason, as Europe’s biggest clubs did their annual summer prowl of Portugal, Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan and the Euros’ Young Player of the Tournament Renato Sanches departed. Without major reinforcements (other than some of the best looking kits in the world this season), they’ll rely on Jonas, who has scored 52 goals in 61 appearances for Benfica.
The second-highest ever scorer for the Ukrainian national team.
The Brazilian has spent most of his career in Eastern Europe - including the Romanian, Bulgarian and Ukrainian leagues.