Champions League

Besiktas, Dynamo in stalemate

2016-09-29 07:16
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Istanbul - Dynamo Kiev substitutes Nikita Korzun and teenage star Viktor Tsygankov made crucial impacts as the Ukrainians battled to a 1-1 Champions League draw at Besiktas on Wednesday.

Korzun gave away the free-kick that led to Besiktas's first-half opener in Istanbul before Tsygankov came off the bench in the second period to secure a point for Dynamo.

Besiktas, playing their first home tie in the group stage in seven years, went into the game having snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw at Benfica in their opener.

Dynamo, meanwhile, slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Group B favourites Napoli.

Goalkeeper Artur Rudko was handed a Champions League debut by Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov while Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar, who scored twice for Porto against the Ukrainians in the Champions League last season, was preferred to top-scorer Cenk Tosun in the Besiktas starting line-up.

It was another ex-Porto man who opened the scoring for the Turks after 29 minutes when veteran winger Ricardo Quaresma drove a clever free-kick past Rudko from 22 yards and into the top-left corner.

The foul was conceded by Korzun, who had only been on the pitch for five minutes as a replacement for the injured Vitaly Buyalskiy.

The 33-year-old Quaresma almost had a second goal eight minutes from the interval but skewed a right-foot shot just wide of the upright after being put through by Andreas Beck.

It would have been a deserved goal for the Turks who had dominated the opening 45 minutes with their goalkeeper Fabri only called on once to punch away a free-kick by Mykola Morozyuk.

Dynamo stepped on the gas in the early stages of the second half with skipper Andriy Yarmolenko and Domagoj Vida seeing attempts thwarted while Fabri pulled off a fine double save to keep out Denys Garmash.

However, their pressure was rewarded after 67 minutes when Tsygankov levelled, three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Derlis Gonzalez.

It again came from a set-piece when Serhiy Rybalka's free-kick was met by 18-year-old Tsygankov at the far post.

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