Europa League - Shevchenko off as Braga hold Kiev
Andriy Shevchenko was sent off as Dynamo Kiev were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting Braga in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final in Ukraine.
Former Chelsea striker Shevchenko was introduced at half-time by the hosts, but departed just 15 minutes later when he was shown a second yellow card.
Already booked for a late lunge on Miguel Garcia, Shevchenko was shown a second yellow after playing on and knocking the ball into the net despite being flagged offside.
In scenes reminiscent of Robin van Persie’s sending-off for Arsenal in Barcelona, Shevchenko claimed he had not heard the referee’s whistle.
But his pleas fell on deaf ears and 10-man Kiev had to settle for a draw after Andriy Yarmolenko’s early strike had been cancelled out by an own-goal from Oleg Gusev.
On a bobbly pitch, the hosts took just six minutes to go in front when a cross from the right by Oleg Gusev was met by the head of Yarmolenko, whose effort flew into the top corner to give Artur no chance.
Kiev could have increased their lead two minutes later. A long ball over the top put Yarmolenko clear down the left and Artur inexplicably came racing out of his goal - Yarmolenko skipped by him, but shot into the side netting from a tight angle.
The visitors were level on 13 minutes. Hugo Viana's corner was drilled low across the ground and struck a Kiev player, which replays later showed to be Gusev, before flying into the net.
Braga’s joy was almost short-lived as, three minutes later, Artur made a brilliant save by tipping a Yarmolenko shot over after a superb backheel by Artem Milevskiy had put the striker in. It would have been a tremendous goal.
Milevskiy then sliced wide from 10 yards in the 20th minute, before a dipping shot from Gusev from long range was tipped over the bar by Artur.
Artur again had to be alert just before the break, pushing over a header from Artem Kravets after the Kiev man had rose highest to meet Gusev’s corner.
The second half began with a flurry of yellow cards after some poor tackles went flying in, including a caution for Shevchenko for a wild lunge on Garcia.
And, after Shevchenko saw red, Kiev’s hopes were hamstrung as Braga controlled proceedings.
There was finally some football to talk about in the 63rd minute when a short corner from Viana found Silvio, who let fly from range, only to see it fizz just wide of the far post with the keeper beaten.
Two minutes later, there was another chance for the visitors. Viana's free-kick was deflected into the path of the unmarked Rodrigo Lima, who got too much on his header and sent it over. A subtle glancing effort could have put his side in front, although it was a difficult effort with his back to goal.
In a poor second half, Paulo Cesar tried to create something out of nothing in the 76th minute when he smashed a shot from distance which flew into the side netting at the near post.
The game then petered out, but Braga will be delighted with the result ahead of the return leg in Portugal.