Popular clubs fight for Champions League group spots

15 Aug 2022 | 08:28

Benficawho won the European Cup in 1961 and 1962 and has reached the final five times since, face to face Dynamo Kyiv.

Wwander Benfica coach Roger Schmidt worried whether Alex Grimaldo will recover from the dizzy spell that forced him off in Saturday’s 1-0 tournament win at Casa Pia, the Ukrainians have made it clear they have heavier concerns.

The game will be in Lodz, where Dynamo living in exile after Russia invaded Ukraine.

When the team returned to training in Poland after winning in Austria to eliminate Sturm Graz In the previous round, the club’s website made it clear that this was not just a football match.

The players, it said, “recognized that they continue to fight for the honor of the country by adding points to the UEFA rankings.”

All Kyivan people are homesick and look forward to the day they return to Ukraine, but the fact that they bring to our nation and our warriors positive emotions leaves them with emotions. They only have one goal left, which is to qualify for the Champions League group stage. “

The two clubs met in the group stage last season.

They drew 0-0 in Kyiv in the opening round, Dynamo’s only point. The Portuguese team won 2-0 at home in the final round to compete Barcelona second in the group.

Returning to the group stage this year brings a nice reward.

Each club is guaranteed €15.64 million ($16.04 million) for participation. They can also collect 2.8m euros for each win in the group stage and 930,000 euros for a draw. Which team is eliminated, relegated to the Europa League group stage, where they are guaranteed 3.63 million euros.

PSV Eindhoven, who needed an extra time goal to knock out Monaco in the previous round, faced Rangers.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, who replaced Schmidt as coach at the 1988 European Championships, faces former international teammate and club rival Giovanni van Bronckhorst, in Glasgow on Tuesday.

– ‘It’s not easy’-

The two coaches are longtime Dutch teammates.

They played on opposite flanks the last time the clubs met in the Champions League.

Rangers, with Van Bronckhorst in midfield, won at home and away in the group stage in 1999. Van Nistelrooy scored PSV’s goal at Ibrox as Rangers won 4-1.

We are ready,” van Bronckhorst announced After a 4-0 win over St. Johnstone on Saturday.

We have two days to prepare and refresh the players again and make sure we have our game plan and execute the best game plan we can. “

It’s a big game for us.

The third former champions in action are the 1991 winner Red Star Belgrade, who visited Macabbi Haifa on Wednesday.

The Israelis made it through to the final round by scoring three goals in the final 30 minutes for a stunning 4-0 win in the second leg at Olympiakos.

Red Star coach Dejan Stankovic, who won the Champions League while playing for Inter, told Serbian media that he was impressed by calling Macabbi “a quality team in all areas. blame them.”

“It won’t be easy. It’s not easy to get into the Champions League,” he said.

Fixtures (1900 GMT unless otherwise stated)


Bodo / Glimt (NOR) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), FC Copenhagen (DEN) v Trabzonspor (TUR), Rangers (SCO) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)


Qarabag (AZE) v Viktoria Plzen (CZE) (1645), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v Benfica (POR), Maccabi Haifa (ISR) v Red Star Belgrade (SRB)