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Dnipro advance at Olympiacos's expense

Olympiacos FC 2-2 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (agg: 2-4)
The Ukrainian visitors responded twice to extinguish home hopes and put themselves into the round of 16 for the first time.

Dnipro's Matheus drives forward under pressure from Arthur Masuaku
Dnipro's Matheus drives forward under pressure from Arthur Masuaku ©AFP/Getty Images

• Dnipro secure qualification with deserved draw in Piraeus
• Artem Fedetskiy's header cancels out Kostas Mitroglou's opener
• Hosts play 39 minutes with ten men after Luka Milivojević's red card
• Both sides score late goals as Dnipro snuff out home hopes
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FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk put on a determined display in Greece, holding Olympiacos FC to a 2-2 draw and wrapping up qualification to the final 16 of the UEFA Europa League.

Having lost 2-0 in Ukraine, Olympiacos stormed out of the blocks to get the early opener that would change the tide. They came close after ten minutes of play, when Kostas Mitroglou received Alejandro Domínguez's cross from the right and fired at goal, only to be denied by Denys Boyko's instinctive save.

Four minutes later, however, the Greek international striker beat the 27-year old goalkeeper with a clinical finish, teed up by Luka Milivojević's perfect through ball. Olympiacos had their early lead and pushed forward for more, but they were not as thorough in their defensive tasks and Dnipro took advantage.

In the 22nd minute, Ruslan Rotan sent in a free-kick and Artem Fedetskiy's first header was saved brilliantly by Roberto, but the Ukraine defender was afforded time and space by the defence to get to the rebound and beat the Spanish goalkeeper for the equaliser.

Dnipro were looking increasingly comfortable on the pitch and came very close to a 2-1 lead in the 34th minute, when Roberto denied Yevhen Konoplyanka's close-range effort. The same players were then involved in the long-range opportunity Dnipro spurned five minutes later.

Things became tougher for Olympiacos after the interval as they were reduced to ten men in the 51st minute, Milivojević seeing red for a foul on Matheus as the latter was launching a counterattack. The match became more physical thereafter and opportunities proved increasingly scarce.

That changed in the final minutes as Olympiacos tried to at least net a winner. After missing chances from Kostas Fortounis, Mitroglou and Dimitris Siovas, they were awarded a penalty when Domínguez was brought down by Fedetskiy. The Argentinian midfielder converted the spot kick in the final minute, but Dnipro still had time to level again, with Nikola Kalinić capping a counterattack to make it 2-2 in added time.

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