FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar Donetsk have met 135 times in their history, but that total will increase by at least four over the next few weeks as the arch-rivals face off both domestically and, for the first time, in European competition, UEFA reports. With both sides through to the last four of the UEFA Cup, they will battle it out to become Ukraine`s maiden finalists in that competition, playing each other home and away on 30 April and 7 May. Overall, Dynamo have the upper hand with 64 wins to Shakhtar`s 29 alongside 42 draws. The teams are also due to meet in the Ukrainian Cup semi-finals and on the last weekend of their Premier League season. uefa.com recalls six of their finest encounters.
Dynamo 1 Shakhtar 0 6 November 2006 Kiev, Valeri Lobanovskiy Stadium
6 November 2006
Kiev, Valeri Lobanovskiy StadiumIn perhaps the clubs` most bad-tempered tussle yet, Portuguese referee Paulo Costa showed nine yellow cards and four reds. Dynamo striker Artem Milevskiy and Shakhtar defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy were the first to receive their marching orders before the visitors` coach, Mircea Lucescu, was sent to the stands. The winning goal arrived with 17 minutes remaining, substitute Maksim Shatskikh the Dynamo hero, but there was still time for another dismissal as Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna walked.
Dynamo 0 Shakhtar 2 14 July 2004 Kiev, Valeri Lobanovskiy Stadium
14 July 2004
Kiev, Valeri Lobanovskiy StadiumIn their first fixture under Lucescu, Shakhtar won easily at the home of their rivals, to register only their second victory at Dynamo in the Ukrainian Premier League. It was a match they completely dominated too, with Mariusz Lewandowski opening the scoring in the first half and Igor Duljaj sealing the success late on. Dynamo reacted by sacking head coach Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko who is now in charge of Ukraine`s national team.
Shakhtar 3 Dynamo 2 26 May 2002 Kiev, Valeri Lobanovskiy Stadium
26 May 2002
Kiev, Valeri Lobanovskiy StadiumBefore the 2002 Ukrainian Cup final, five-time winners Dynamo and Shakhtar, with three successes, had never faced each other in the competition. The game took place 13 days after the death of famed former Dynamo player and coach Valeri Lobanovskiy, who had suffered a stroke after his side`s win over FC Metalurh Zaporizhya. The Bilo-Syni (White and Blues) had just had their run of nine consecutive titles ended by Shakhtar and they were due more disappointment as the Pitmen secured a domestic double in front of 81,000 fans (30,000 of whom had travelled from Donetsk). Coach Nevio Scala then won his next two encounters with Dynamo, a feat no Shakhtar trainer has managed since.
Dynamo 1 Shakhtar 2 7 April 2001 Donetsk, RSC Olympiyskiy Stadium
7 April 2001
Donetsk, RSC Olympiyskiy StadiumThis was the first indicator that Shakhtar could become serious long-term rivals to Dynamo. Although the hosts took the lead through Oleksandr Melashchenko, the home supporters were stunned in the eight minutes after half-time when both Nigeria striker Julius Aghahowa and his Senegalese team-mate Assan Ndiaye struck to give the visitors victory. The win gave Shakhtar the belief they could threaten Dynamo`s dominance and a year later, under Scala`s tutelage, they landed their first national title.
Dynamo 2 Shakhtar 1 23 June 1985 Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium
23 June 1985
Moscow, Luzhniki StadiumDynamo`s Anatoliy Demyanenko kick-started this Soviet Cup final by scoring from a free-kick and 40 seconds later Oleh Blokhin doubled the advantage. Although Sergei Morozov pulled one back, Shakhtar missed a golden opportunity to equalise late on and Lobanovskiy`s team carried off the silverware. The next season, Dynamo went all the way to lift the UEFA Cup Winners` Cup for the second time.
Dynamo 2 Shakhtar 1 27 August 1978 Moscow, Torpedo Stadium
27 August 1978
Moscow, Torpedo StadiumIn the days before Ukrainian independence, Shakhtar forged a reputation as a dangerous cup side who could beat any team on their day. It was no surprise, then, when they made it to the 1978 Soviet Cup final and a meeting with Dynamo, whom they had already defeated twice in the league that term. Shakhtar broke the deadlock early on through Vitali Starukhin, but Blokhin levelled after the interval and the USSR`s all-time leading scorer then hit the winning goal in stoppage time. The Donetsk outfit gained some revenge, though, as their two wins over Dynamo helped deny their nemesis the title.