FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Really quick preview here before I fall asleep for a few hours until the game. This is it. The big one. The match to end all matches… well not really. If Dnipro fail to win it will simply confirm that this season is indeed a lost cause. If we win, well then there is hope for our team after all.
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So the honeymoon is officially over. Although it took many weeks Dnipro have finally managed to lose a game with me as a blogger. I know it had to happen eventually, but that doesn’t make it taste any sweeter to write about the loss.
Dnipro played decently but got nothing to show for it. Vorobey had a goal in the first half correctly called back for offside, and right before the half Nazarenko hit a curling free kick from right outside the box into the post. IMO if the free kick had been struck in exactly the same way, but a few feet further from the net, Naza would have scored, but alas he didn’t. There were also a couple of questionable no calls against Tavria in their own box. So yeah, we definately could have gotten a better result. (Also, Alsides had one decent chance, and he deserves a medal for how badly he missed it. Despite striking the ball with the correct side of his foot on a half-volley for inside the 9-yard box, he managed to knock it out of bounds about 25 yards from the endline. Read the rest of this entry »
So although much has happened in the past week, there is very little concerning FK Dnipro that I really want to talk about or relive, so I’ll be brief.
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Bleh. This Pretty much sums up the day:
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Well folks the title says it all. I put up the first Dnipro post late last night and just hours later they’ve managed a victory away to Arsenal Kyiv. That’s no coincidence if you ask me.
As for the game, the first half was a drab affair which I dearly wish I had slept through (as a sidenote, whoever decided that this game should be two hours earlier than originaly scheduled, should be shot for making me get up at 7:00 am local time to watch it). In the first twenty or so minutes Arsenal seemed to play a little bit better and managed to create one or two decent scoring oppurtunities, while Dnipro played considerably better for the last ten or so minutes.
Dnipro carried their play into the second half and managed to create one great chance from Nazarenko’s head, and one chance which went of the side of Andriy Rusol’s boot. Their efforts were rewarded however in the 51st minute, when Ruslan Rotan managed to tap in a close range effort after the Arsenal Keeper managed to save consecutive shots from Olexiy Belik and Vitaliy Denisov. Some reports are saying that Denisov actually scored. I’m not entirely sure, as the stream wasn’t of the highest quality and didn’t feature instant replay.
At that point Dnipro closed up shop and the gunners had difficulty creating much, their best two chances coming very late on, one from a corner that went in close, but passed through everyone, and the other chance came from a total blunder by Rusol, followed by a slight blunder by our other CB, Volodomyr Lysitskyi.
All in all, 1-0 is a great result away from home following several unproductive weeks.
Lineup for Dnipro was:
Dnipro: Startsev, Denisov, Rusol, Lysytskyi, Lolo (Davidson 67′), Rotan, Nazarenko, Pashaev, L’opa, Vorobey (Konoplyanka 90+3′), Belik
Man of the Match: Nazarenko, who made a couple of passes and made a sweet shot into the far low corner after Denisov/Rotan had scored, and before the Ref had signalled the goal. Also nearly scored right after the break with a swift header.
Girly Man of the Match: My boy Rusol, who completely shanked a good chance, and then made a horrible giveaway late in the game, before slipping on the grass trying to get back in the play. Thankfully though, Arsenal had no idea what to do with the ball at thier feet.
Also, I have to thank the people at Dnipropetrovsk’s own 9-Channel, who gave me the experience of actually attending Lobanovsky stadium, as their telecast felt less like a professional broadcast and more of a bootlegged version of “Arsenal vs. Dnipro”, complete with shoddy camerawork, someone’s hands right in front of the camera, and the announcer coming back a few minutes late from halftime. No commercials though.
Will post highlights if/when they’re up.
Mind outta the gutter fellows.
Hello and welcome to FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s shiny new blog on the offside. My name is Darcy, and I’d like to invite you to let me be your guide on what is becoming an increasingly depressing season for the club, in which you might frequently hear words such as “lost”, “94th minute penalty” and my personal favorite, “rebuilding”.