Spartaks vs Dinamo Minsk by Luke
Spartaks did actually really well in the first leg away in Minsk, not only managing to get a narrow defeat, but also impressing quite a lot in that game. They have started the game a bit more defensive, but as the game progressed all the players understood that there is no need to be afraid of more reputable side.
Players of Dinamo took the lead in eighteenth minute with a goal from Bykov, but from that moment on the game was quite balanced with both sides having some good moments. Side from Belarus didn't control the game completely and didn't outplay the opponent as it was supposed to be, with the visiting side equalizing in 80th minute via Ulimbasevs. However, only two minutes later, players of Dinamo re-installed their lead with another goal from Bykov. Could be said that they have conceded the second goal due inexperienced players.
Even though the team suffered defeat, their performance surely gives them some boost in front of the second match as the team understood they can play with Dinamo and will surely be looking to attack here from the first minute and make the game as interesting as possible. They have no problems in the lineup for this one as well.
Dinamo, on the other side, surely expected a better result than a narrow victory with a conceded goal in front of own fans. Still, having in mind that the match was completely balanced, they can be satisfied with a victory at the same time, since the visitors proved to be no pushovers at all.
In the mean time, Dinamo had a domestic league game on Sunday evening winning over Slavia Mozyr 1:0 at home, thanks to a goal from Rassadkin in the second half. Once again they showed that the team isn't in the best possible form, but still a victory will boost their morale further. Currently, they are at third position with six points less than first placed BATE Borisov and a point less than second placed Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
Defenders Umaru Bangura and Roman Begunov continue to be long term absentees, as well as right full back Aleksey Kozlov.
Dinamo didn't have that easy game in the first leg and now can run into problems here. They know that they can't afford to defend here, on contrary - I expect the visiting team to go for a victory here. Something that should open up the game to the maximum. Both teams should be quite attacking ones from the start and I see more than decent chance for the game to end up with three goals scored ore more.