Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv take on Benfica for the Champions League group spot
Aug. 10 – Despite their country being torn apart by the Russian invasion and flattened by heavy artillery, Dynamo Kyiv head to the Champions League group stage after a 2-1 extra-time win over the Austrian Sturm Graz in the third qualifying round on Tuesday. for a 3-1 aggregate win.
Remarkably, Kyiv are now two games away from the competition’s lucrative group stage with a home-and-away game against Benfica. Dynamo will host the first leg next week in Łódź, Poland, where they play their “home” matches due to the war
Dynamo’s four Champions League qualifying games in the past 20 days are the only competitive games they have played all year, mostly with exhausted squads.
Shakhtar Donetsk already earned their place in the Champions League main draw by finishing top of the Ukrainian Premier League when it was dropped last season due to war.
In Tuesday’s other matches, Benfica beat Denmark’s Midtjylland 7-2 on aggregate, while PSV Eindhoven edged Monaco in extra time with a last-minute rally. PSV next face Rangers, who wiped out Union Saint-Gilloise’s two-goal lead in the first leg, winning 3-0 at Glasgow and 3-2 on aggregate.
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