Teams: Dynamo Kyiv, UNT, Valencia
Forum died abruptly?!
Anyway, I think considering everything, Ukrainian clubs did well in Europe over the last two weeks.
3 teams in the Group Stage is really the best we could hope for. Karpaty had some real momentum in their game, but that away goal really ended things for them. At least Dnipro won the return leg. They have to be one of the most under-achieving teams in Europe. Period. Say what you want about their backline, but there are teams with worse defenders who play better football, and are more compact at the back. I think its a chemistry or a coach thing.
So Dynamo actually played some nice football in smalll periods today, very smooth transitions and passing. somehow though they won with a MILEVSKY HEADER! I like Aliev, so happy to see him setting up the goal as well. Lets hope he peaks and scores some freekicks in the group stages.
Metalist completely outclassed Sochaux. Taison's goal is just silly; he beat the same defender twice and ran the length of the field to score! 0:4 in France, well done.
Vorskla are the real super-stars though. What a result! and the young kid getting two nice goals! The Albanians, Dallku and Yanuki were great also (as always). I hope they do better than Karpaty did in the groups last year and pick more than just 1 point.
Shakhtars group is even. Zenit, Porto and the Miners are approximately on the same level I would say. You expect them to qualify, but it will be very tough. Maybe Zenit and Shakhtar can go through as Porto have to travel massive distances to all three away legs...plus they have had a few changes in the squad and have lost key players + the coach...