History predicting tough Ukrainian test for Olympiacos
Olympiacos will play Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 32 in the 2018/2019 UEFA Europa League, and taking into account the club’s previous history against Ukrainian opponents, it promises to be a real test.
Overall, Olympiacos have played 11 separate matches against Ukrainian teams, tallying two wins, four draws and five losses. Olympiacos have never beaten a club from Ukraine in Greece, and in four knockout ties in European competition, the Erythrolefkoi have only emerged victorious once.
Let’s take a closer look at Olympiacos’ competitive history against Dynamo Kyiv and Ukrainian opponents in general:
MATCHES AGAINST DYNAMO KYIV
1975/1976 European Cup first round. Olympiacos - Dynamo Kyiv - 2:3 (2:2, 0:1)
In the first leg at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, Dynamo Kyiv took an early two-goal lead with markers from Viktor Kolotov and Leonid Buryak, but Olympiacos responded as Michalis Kritikopoulos and Konstantinos Aidiniou equalised for a 2:2 draw. Nevertheless, it didn’t help Olympiacos qualify, as the club lost 0:1 in the Ukrainian capital to exit the tournament 2:3 on aggregate.
MATCHES AGAINST DIFFERENT UKRAINIAN TEAMS
1992/1993 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round. Olympiacos - Chernomorets Odessa - 3:1 (0:1, 3:0)
Olympiacos were in real trouble after losing the first leg 0:1 at home. The odds were stacked against them in Ukraine, but Olympiacos defied the odds, thrashing Chernomorets 3:0 with goals from Giorgos Vaitsis, Hennadiy Lytovchenko and Oleh Protasov. Olympiacos would later be knocked out in the quarter-finals.
2006/2007 UEFA Champions League group stage. Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympiacos - 2:2
At the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Donetsk, Olympiacos twice took the lead as Michalis Konstantinou and Nery Castillo scored, but Shakhtar refused to be beaten and the Ukrainians equalised on two occasions to snatch a point.
2006/2007 UEFA Champions League group stage. Olympiacos - Shakhtar Donetsk - 1:1
Once again, the Thrylos couldn’t get the better of Shakhtar, stuttering to a 1:1 draw which condemned Olympiacos to last place of Group D. Castillo conjured up an equaliser in the second half, but Olympiacos couldn’t find the second goal they needed, as Shakhtar held on for the one point which sealed third spot in the group for the Ukrainians.
2008/2009 UEFA Cup group stage. Metalist Kharkiv - Olympiacos - 1:0
On matchday three of the group phase, Olympiacos made the trip to Ukraine, conceding a 0:1 defeat to Metalist Kharkiv. However, despite the loss, the Greeks still progressed to the next stage in third place of Group B with six points. Olympiacos were then ousted from the competition by St. Etienne.
2011/2012 UEFA Europa League Last 16. Metalist Kharkiv - Olympiacos - 2:2 (0:1, 2:1)
Olympiacos were in the box seat after winning the first game 1:0 in Kharkiv. In the second match, Ivan Marcano hit the target to seemingly book Olympiacos’ spot in the next round, but in the final nine minutes, Metalist suddenly scored two goals to shock the Thrylos and knock them out on the away goals rule.
2014/2015 UEFA Europa League Last 32. Dnipro - Olympiacos - 4:2 (2:0, 2:2)
Once again, Ukrainian opposition prevented Olympiacos from progressing. Playing their home matches in Kyiv, Dnipro proved too strong, winning 2:0 in Ukraine and then playing to a 2:2 draw on the road to comfortably dispatch Olympiacos. Dnipro would qualify for the final of the competition in which they lost 2:3 to Sevilla.
DYNAMO KYIV HISTORY AGAINST GREEK CLUBS
In the 1975/1976 season, Dynamo clinched a 3:2 aggregate victory against Olympiacos in the Champions League first round, however Olympiacos’ match took place in Thessaloniki because of a stadium ban.
Two years later, Dynamo saw off PAOK’s challenge in the same competition with 4:0 and 2:0 victories.
In 1995, Dynamo Kyiv faced Panathinaikos in the Champions League, but they were then excluded from the tournament. In the 1998/1999 campaign, the two clubs traded 2:1 home victories in the competition.
Dynamo managed to sneak past AEK in the Last 32 of the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League on away goals. At the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Viktor Tsygankov scored the decisive goal in a 1:1 draw, and the Ukrainian club frustrated AEK in a 0:0 tie in Kyiv to progress to the Last 16.