Bayern make Dynamo pay for Kosovskiy miss

NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv – 07/04/1999 – Semi-finals
Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Kyiv
Shevchenko 16, 43 Kosovskiy 50
3 - 3
Bayern
  • Tarnat 45
  • Effenberg 78
  • Jancker 88
Bayern
Back from the brink

"We lost it in the first leg; we lost confidence in our own strength." Olexandr Shovkovskiy

1998/99

• Manchester United FC scored a record 20 goals in the group stage – including six in 3-3 draws home and away against Spanish champions FC Barcelona – and advanced despite winning just two of their six games.

• Juventus, Galatasaray AŞ and Rosenborg BK all finished level on eight points in Group B; the Turkish and Norwegian sides missed out on head to head record while Juve took top spot despite winning just one game.

• FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Andriy Shevchenko and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke finished joint top scorers with eight goals apiece, the latter in his first season of UEFA Champions League football.

Matches often hinge on pivotal moments, but few can have been as decisive as this. An hour into this semi-final and FC Dynamo Kyiv had mighty FC Bayern München on the ropes, trailing 3-1 and lashed into submission by Andriy Shevchenko's chastening forward play. Then Vitaliy Kosovskiy was sent through with only Oliver Kahn to beat, with the chance to finish Bayern off – what happened changed the whole complexion of the tie.

Kosovskiy opted to chip; the 88,000 fans braving the rains at the roofless Olympic Stadium held their breath before succumbing to an exasperated gasp as the effort sailed just over the bar. Bayern had been let off the hook and, emboldened, they gradually tiptoed forward. Stefan Effenberg pulled one back with a clever free-kick 12 minutes from time and Carsten Janker's late effort on the turn snatched an improbable 3-3 draw.

It had all begun so brightly for the hosts, whose quality was beautifully underlined on 16 minutes. Valiantin Belkevich was the instigator, volleying a fine through ball with the outside of his foot; Markus Babbel misjudged his approach but not Shevchenko, who gathered and checked inside before impressively side-footing past the advancing Kahn and into the far corner.

Twelve months earlier the 22-year-old had been living in a flat with his parents but now, having captivated Europe all season, he had the run of the house. Two minutes before half-time he demonstrated another of the qualities that had suitors, led by AC Milan, queuing at his door, whipping in a free-kick that evaded everyone and bounced inside the far post.

Bayern replied almost immediately with a set piece of their own after earning a foul 35 metres from goal. Disappearing inside his own half for the run up, Michael Tarnat re-emerged to unleash an Exocet that swerved inside the upright. Kosovskiy restored the three-goal cushion after the restart, but his tidy left-footed volley was soon eclipsed by that chip.

"I didn't cry after the match but my disappointment was profound," he recalled in 2009. "I guess if I'd scored my second then, Bayern would not have got back into the game. I'm still sure that Dynamo were stronger that season; the German side basically got three goals out of nothing." Bayern went on to complete a remarkable comeback on home turf; they would receive a heavy dose of their own medicine in the final, however.

Star players

  • Matthäus

    The man Diego Maradona described as his greatest opponent, Matthäus was a versatile midfielder whose switch to sweeper allowed him to extend his international career to two decades. He won the first of 150 caps after emerging at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, but is best remembered for spells with FC Bayern München and FC Internazionale Milano. His annus mirabilis came in 1990, when he won the FIFA World Cup and Ballon d'Or.

  • Shevchenko

    Ukraine's record scorer (at almost a goal every other game in over 100 caps), the prolific Shevchenko made his name at FC Dynamo Kyiv, claiming five league titles and three domestic cups. In 1999 he joined AC Milan, where a haul of 173 goals had made him the second-highest marksman in Rossoneri history; he also converted the winning penalty in the 2003 UEFA Champions League final. The 2004 Ballon d'Or victor, he returned to Dynamo after a frustrating spell at Chelsea FC.

  • Effenberg

    FC Bayern München's 2000/01 UEFA Champions League-winning captain, Effenberg was as flamboyant off the pitch as on it. At times he rubbed people up the wrong way – he was limited to 35 caps for Germany after being sent home from the 1994 FIFA World Cup – but the playmaker was irresistible with a ball at his feet, helping Bayern to three successive Bundesliga titles between 1999 and 2001 in his second spell at the club.

What happened next?

• Mario Basler was drafted into the FC Bayern München side for the return and his stunning first-half strike was enough to take the Bavarian giants through to the showpiece.

• Leading 1-0 in the final, Bayern were seconds from victory when added-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær earned Manchester United FC a famous win.

• Bayern won the first of three successive Bundesliga titles, completing the hat-trick on the final day of the 2000/01 campaign; four days later they beat Valencia CF to claim the UEFA Champions League.

• FC Dynamo Kyiv won the second of three successive league and cup doubles in 1998/99 and went on to make it nine Ukrainian titles in a row before FC Shakhtar Donetsk ended their monopoly.

• Andriy Shevchenko joined AC Milan in summer 1999 and enjoyed great success, peaking with 2003 UEFA Champions League glory. He retired as Ukraine's record scorer and appearance maker.

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