The match had 5 red cards issued: 2 to Dynamo Kyiv players and 3 to Shakhtar Donetsk players. The match also had 6 yellow cards (Gladkiy got two), 4 of which were given to Shakhtar Donetsk players and two were given to Dynamo Kyiv players. This was in part because of players' violent behavior and also because referee Victor Shvetsov made several misjudgments.
All sixteen Ukrainian Premier League clubs do not have to go through qualification to get into the competition, so Dynamo and Shakhtar both qualified for the competition automatically.
Dynamo Kyiv had a lot of instability on the road to the final. At the beginning of the season, the manager Anatoliy Demyanenko resigned after some рoor results at the beginning of the season. He was replaced by former Dynamo player and coach Yozhef Sabo, who resigned from his post shortly afterwards due to personal health problems. In November 2007, Dynamo appointed assistant coach Oleh Luzhny as interim coach, who was in charge until 8 December, and managed to get Dynamo through the quarterfinals. Finally, in December 2008, the team appointed former Russia manager, Yuriy Semin.