Ukraine: Dynamo get better of champions in Super Cup (+video)
Another chapter was written in Ukraine’s biggest club rivalry tonight as Dynamo Kyiv started off the 2011-12 campaign with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Super Cup.
Shakhtar were the favourites going into the match having won the league and cup double last season. Dynamo, however, were not in the mood to let Shakhtar win the first piece of silverware in the new domestic season and started off well in Vorskla Stadion, Poltava, by taking the lead after just five minutes thanks to Oleg Gusev converting from the penalty spot.
Parity was restored just eight minutes later as Fernandinho, one of Shakhtar’s significant Brazilian contingent, equalized with a well-struck shot from inside the penalty area. But the game swung back Dynamo’s way just after the half-hour mark when Papa Diakhate regained the lead for the capital side having risen highest in the box to get his head on a Gusev free-kick.
The game would be sealed late in the game with Artem Malevskiy converting from close range following a wonderful breakaway move to give Dynamo a two goal lead they would never relinquish. It was some revenge for Dynamo who have had to take a back seat in the last couple of seasons as Shakhtar have enjoyed the status as Ukraine’s top club side after winning back-to-back championship titles. Some consolation can at least be had following their fifth win in Ukraine’s traditional season opening fixture which they also won in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Both teams begin their Ukraine Premier League campaign this weekend with home fixtures. Champions Shakhtar face off against Obolon Kyiv, who finished in 10th place in the 2010-11 campaign whilst Dynamo Kyiv have a potential tricky fixture against Metalist Kharkiv, who are an established third force in Ukrainian football having finished in third place for the last five seasons.