With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look at Chelsea's past home encounters with Ukrainian sides...
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Our clubs have been paired together once before, in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage when Chelsea, competing as English champions, got the better of our Ukrainian counterparts, drawing 0-0 in Kiev and winning 2-1 in London thanks to a brilliant, late Willian free-kick. Both clubs went on to reach the knockout phase, Chelsea as group winners, but exited together in the round of 16.
Kiev’s Aleksandar Dragovic scored at both ends in that previous meeting between these two sides at the Bridge in November 2015. It was the second of the back-to-back matches in the middle of the group stage and, following a 1-3 home defeat by Liverpool, Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, and John Mikel Obi were all left out by under-pressure coach Jose Mourinho.
Star of the show – as he was across a difficult season – was Willian. The Brazilian fizzed the cross that forced Dragovic’s errant own-goal, then fired in the winning free-kick after Dynamo’s defender had made amends from a corner. See the highlights here.
Chelsea’s only other previous encounter with Ukrainian opposition was against Dynamo’s great rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2012/13 Champions League group stage. The defending European champions made up for a 1-2 away loss by winning 3-2 at the Bridge. Willian, in his pre-Chelsea days, scored both Shakhtar’s goals.
Several Chelsea players were targeted with laser pens from the home stands during the Blues’ 0-1 Europa League defeat at Steaua Bucharest on 7 March 2013. The return leg at the Bridge was won 3-1, and the Londoners went on to win the competition for the first time.
Our only previous meeting at Stamford Bridge
CHELSEA 2 DYNAMO KIEV 1
Champions League group G, 04.11.15, 7.45pm
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry (c), Baba; Ramires, Matic; Willian (Cahill 90+1), Fabregas (Pedro 78), Oscar (Hazard 78); Diego Costa. Unused subs: Blackman, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy.
Manager: Jose Mourinho.
Scorers: Dragovic own goal 34, Willian 83
Dynamo Kiev (4-1-4-1): Shovkovskiy (c); Vida, Khacheridi, Dragovic, Antunes; Rybalka; Yarmolenko, Sydorchuk (Harmash h/t), Buyalskiy, Gonzalez; Kravets (Junior Moraes 55).
Unused subs: Rybka, Veloso, Petrovic, Morozyuk, Gusev.
Manager: Serhiy Rebrov.
Booked: Gonzalez, Antunes, Buyalskiy, Dragovic
Scorer: Dragovic 77
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)
Chelsea’s biggest home win in Europe
29/09/1971 - Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage Cup Winners’ Cup - 1st rd 2nd leg
Dynamo’s biggest away win in Europe
02/09/1965 - Coleraine 1-6 Dynamo Kiev Cup Winners’ Cup prelim rd 1st leg