Wednesday night showed how over their heads Dinamo Zagreb are in the Champions League competition. After losing all six games last campaign and being downed by FC Porto 2-0 in their opening match this year, Dinamo Zagreb once again lost, this time 2-0 to Dynamo Kiev. It was supposed to be a battle of Dinamos for third spot in this group but Kiev showed their superiority over their Zagreb counterparts. It only took Kiev three minutes to get on the board as Croatian international Ognjen Vukojević whipped in a cross from the right side with Gusev beating Domagoj Vida to the ball to head home.
Kiev looked in complete control throughout the first half, not conceding one shot on goal by Zagreb. In the 33′, Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava played the ball straight to a Kiev player and the following cross resulted in an own goal by Pivarić as he tried to fend off an attacker. Niko Kranjčar got the start for Kiev but was subbed out at half, creating mild chances in the first half.
Dinamo fired away a few shots in the second half, but nothing to worry the Kiev defense. The match would end 2-0 with Dinamo looking outplayed and uninspired against a team they thought they could compete with. Sammir looked selfish on some plays and lazy on defense. How could he possibly cut it against international competition when he could barely get it going against an out-of-form Dynamo Kiev side? Those questions will be answered very soon.
Dinamo Zagreb starting XI:
Vukojević cross to Gusev for opening Kiev goal
Pivarić own goal in 33′