With just one point from their first two fixtures, both FC Dynamo Kyiv and SL Benfica are desperate for a first victory to strengthen their challenge in Group B.
• Should another draw ensue, and SSC Napoli beat Beşiktaş JK, then the Italian side will become the first ever to qualify with three games remaining.
• The sides have met once before, in the 1991/92 European Champion Clubs’ Cup group stage when Dynamo won 1-0 at home. Nineteen-year-old Rui Costa came on as a substitute for Benfica.
• The line-ups in Kyiv on 27 November 1991 were:
Dynamo: Koutepov, Luzhny, Tsveiba, Aleksanenkov, Shmatovalenko, Kovalets, Moroz, Zaets, Salenko, Moroz, Sharan (Betsa 77).
Benfica: Barros, Kulkov, Madeira, Bento, Veloso (Costa 65), Thern, Paneira, Schwarz, Águas, Isaías (Pacheco 75), Yuran.
• Oleh Salenko got the only goal for Victor Kolotov’s team, but Sven-Göran Eriksson’s Benfica well and truly turned the tables in the return, Brito and Sergei Yuran both scoring twice in a 5-0 win.
• The Ukraine champions began their 16th group stage campaign on the wrong foot, conceding two first-half headers from Arkadiusz Milik to go down 2-1 at home to SSC Napoli. Denys Garmash had put the hosts ahead; Serhiy Sydorchuk was later sent off for two bookings.
• On matchday two 18-year-old Viktor Tsygankov scored his first UEFA Champions League goal just three minutes into his second competition appearance to earn a 1-1 draw at Beşiktaş JK.
• Before last season the Kyiv club had won only four of their 31 previous group stage fixtures. An improved campaign helped them add another three wins to that total as they reached the last 16 for the first time since 1999/2000.
• In the group stage they faced FC Porto, drawing 2-2 at home with Oleh Gusev and Vitaliy Buyalskiy on target. They won 2-0 away with an Andriy Yarmolenko penalty and Derlis González securing the victory.
• Dynamo have played 18 games against Portuguese sides with the record W6 D4 L8 (W3 D3 L3 in Ukraine).
• The Eagles had one of their own players to blame for their inability to take all three points on matchday one. Talisca, loaned to Beşiktaş, earned the Turkish visitors a 1-1 draw in Lisbon.
• Their second fixture found Benfica on the wrong end of a scintillating attacking display at SSC Napoli, who took a 4-0 lead by the 58th minute. The Lisbon side made the scoreline respectable with two late goals.
• They won two of their five away matches in last season’s competition, 2-1 at both Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday two and FC Zenit in the round of 16. They also drew at FC Astana and were knocked out by FC Bayern München in the quarter-finals (0-1 away, 2-2 home).
• Benfica have a good record in Ukraine, beating FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-0 on their first visit to secure a 4-0 aggregate triumph in the 1989/90 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals.
• They also won 2-1 at FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage and their overall record is P9 W5 D0 L4.
Coach and player links
• Growing up, Antunes supported Benfica; he was a product of SC Freamunde and also played for FC Paços de Ferreira (two spells) and Leixões SC. He faced Benfica on two occasions – losing 3-1 with Paços in 2006/07 and 4-0 with Leixões in 2009/10.
• Derlis González played for Benfica U19s in 2012/13.
• Júnior Moraes replaced Jonas to make his first appearance for FC Santos in 2007.
• Played together:
Eliseu & Antunes (Málaga CF, 2012–14)
Andreas Samaris & Antunes (Panionios GSS, 2011/12)
• International team-mates:
Eliseu, Rafa Silva, André Almeida, Pizzi & Antunes (Portugal)