2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos (55' OG)
  • Alexey Ionov (61')
  • Marcus Berg (14')

Dinamo Moscow 2-1 Panathinaikos

Dinamo Moscow produced a strong second-half performance to come from a goal down to beat Panathinaikos 2-1 and maintain their grip at the top of Europa League Group E on Thursday.
Marcus Berg headed Panathinaikos into the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour in Khimki before William Vainqueur's shot was deflected to level the scores 10 minutes after the break.
Aleksei Ionov's mazy lone run and strike added the Russian's second goal and claimed the victory.
The result puts Dinamo in total control of their group with five wins from five games to sit top.
In stark contrast, Panathinaikos are rock bottom, with just a single point thanks to a 1-1 draw against PSV Eindhoven.
Kevin Kuranyi hit the post for Dinamo in the fifth minute in what could have been a perfect start for the home side, although replays showed that we would have been offside.
Dinamo's defence was at fault as Christopher Samba failed to deal with a cross from the left wing from Nano, which Berg headed in from close in front of goal to break the deadlock in the 14th minute.
The home side went close in the 34th minute when Vainqueur saw his dipping volley tipped over the bar by Pana keeper Stefanos Kotsolis.
Kuranyi went close again soon after with a well-worked move down the right picking him out, but the Brazilian-born German player was unable to get his shot away on the turn.
A glaring miss at the other end from Emir Bajrami was the last chance of the first half. The Panathinaikos midfielder had beaten the offside trap and was in the middle of the area when he received the ball from Berg but put it wide from close range.
Dinamo levelled shortly after the break, however, thanks to a massive slice of luck, when Vainqueur's shot was put past the goalkeeper thanks to a big deflection.
Alexander Buttner then went close for Dinamo after a lay-off from Vainqueur allowed him to flash a shot just wide of Kotsolis' right post.
Dinamo did claim the lead in the 61st minute after a strong start to the second half when Ionov broke into the box and beat the Pana defence to slide the ball low past Kotsolis.
Another flowing move forward by Dinamo ended with Mathieu Valbuena hitting the bar from a scissor-kick as the Russian side looked to press home their dominance.
Kuranyi squandered a great chance to put Dinamo out of sight when he raced clear through only to send his shot wide when one-on-one with the Panathinaikos keeper.
However the extra goal was not needed, with the home side in total control and able to protect their lead.