Monday, August 26, 2013
18/8/13 Dynamo Kyiv 2 Tavriya Simferopyl 0
This was probably a must win game for Oleh Blohin, after an indifferent run of form has seen Dynamo after just 5 games slip out of title contention, with rivals Shakhtar, Metalist and Dnipro finding good form, whereas Dynamo's has been somewhat indifferent. This game presented a perfect chance though, as Tavriya are pointless and at the foot of the table.
From the start it was quite clear what Tavriya's game plan was and what Dynamo's main deficiency is. Tavriya defended resolutely and were happy to soak up the pressure whereas Dynamo lacked a forward who could make any impact. Andriy Yarmolenko was back in the team and playing with a passion that was absent in the team the week before, he was providing the crosses and having the odd white himself, but it was all very speculative. Like Chernomorets the week before Tavriya's game plan was to hit Dynamo on the break, most of their creative play came from the evergreen serhiy Nazarenko, but Shovkovskiy being brought back into goals helped Dynamo to organise their defence properly and Vida, when called upon, was a steady rock at centre back. Nevertheless, the half ended as a stalemate and again Dynamo must have been feeling frustrated.
Fortunately for the home team and fans it didn't take Dynamo long to break the deadlock and Roman Bezus opened the scoring with a goal provide by Yarmolenko. Dynamo were now fired up and looking for more goals. Tavriya, who had been pretty unadventurous anyway were now camped in their own half as the impressive Yarmolenko attempted to extend the lead. He managed to get his name on the score sheet on 77 minutes and it was more or less game over. Dynamo played out the game to seal the victory and their were some relieved faces on the bench. Now, hopefully Dynamo can press on and Blohin will realise that he might be better off using some of the home grown talent rather than some of the imported flops who haven't really lived up to their billing as yet.