Kiev - Vitaly Buyalskiy scored a last
minute equaliser to rescue a point for Dynamo Kiev in a 2-2 Champions League
draw with Porto in Ukraine on Wednesday.
Midfielder Oleh Gusev had opened the
scoring for the Ukrainian champions in the Group G encounter at the National
Olympic Complex, but a brace from Cameroon international forward Vincent
Aboubakar turned the tie on its head.
The point left Dynamo and Porto joint
second in the group behind favourites Chelsea, who thrashed Maccabi Tel-Aviv
"We studied Dynamo's play thoroughly
as they're a strong and very well-organised team," Porto manager Julen
"Our homework paid off as we've scored
twice tonight. Overall I'm pleased with the outcome though we had good chances
to win this match."
Porto, who remained unbeaten in seven
visits to the Ukraine, created the first opportunity when Algerian forward
Yacine Brahimi shot inches over the crossbar with a well-struck free-kick in
the 15th minute.
In the 20th minute, Dynamo skipper Gusev
put his side 1-0 up as he converted Denis Garmash's cross from the right past
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas from the edge of the six-yard box.
The visitors pulled level just three
minutes later when Miguel Layun found the unmarked Aboubakar in the area with a
pinpoint cross from the left, and the Cameroonian netted with a header from 10
With just a minute to go before the break,
Garmash missed a clear chance to restore Dynamo's lead as he miscued an
excellent cross by Gusev, allowing Casillas to push the ball out for a corner.
After the break, last season's
quarter-finalists Porto, whose manager Lopetegui was serving a touchline ban,
dominated possession but to no immediate avail as Dynamo defended stoutly,
stifling the visitors' attacks.
In the 76th minute, Dynamo's Brazilian
forward Junior Moraes failed to find the net with a close-range header from a
Aboubakar gave Porto the lead with nine minutes
remaining when he shot home into the far corner following an error by Dynamo
goalkeeper Oleksandr Rybka, who failed to clear a Maxi Pereira cross.
But second-half substitute Buyalskiy saved
the day as he headed home a rebound after a free-kick by Serhiy Rybalka with
just a minute to go.
"The draw seems to be the fairest
result," Dynamo head coach Serhiy Rebrov said.
"It was our Champions League debut
after a two-year break. Maybe it's the reason for our numerous mistakes.
"We knew that Aboubakar was very
dangerous in the area and we tried to keep him under control but he needed just
two final touches to score a brace."