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Club Brugge KV remain unbeaten in this season's UEFA Europa League as they confront one of the competition's surprise packages, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, in the last eight.

Club Brugge celebrate winning this season's Belgian Cup
Club Brugge celebrate winning this season's Belgian Cup ©Getty Images

Having accounted for Beşiktaş JK in the round of 16, unbeaten Club Brugge KV will look to forge on to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals at the expense of FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

Previous meetings
• The teams have met once before, Yevgen Kucherevskyy's Dnipro coming from 2-1 down to beat Trond Sollied's side 3-2 in Dnipropetrovsk in a 2004 UEFA Cup group game – Dnipro's only previous encounter with Belgian opponents. Dnipro ultimately finished top of the section; Club Brugge bowed out.

• The teams for that game on 21 October 2004 were:
 Dnipro: Kernozenko, Hrystai, Yezerskiy, Shelayev, Kostyshyn, Venhlinskiy (Melashchenko 89), Radchenko, Rusol, Mykhaylenko, Rykun, Nazarenko (Semochko 62).
 Club Brugge: Butina, Simons*, Van der Heyden, Clement, Verheyen, Englebert, Čeh (Stoica 77), Balaban, Gvozdenović (Lange 46), Cornelis, Maertens (Simões 70).

*registered to play for the club in this season's competition

• Club Brugge have won three of their 11 games against Ukrainian clubs, but are without a success in the most recent seven of those fixtures (D4 L3).
 
 Form guide
• Club Brugge are the only unbeaten side left in the competition and have won their last five matches, with the record W11 D3 since entering this season's competition in the third qualifying round. By contrast Dnipro have lost four matches since the start of the group stage – as many as they have won – and have won only one of their seven European away games this season (W1 D3 L3).

Club Brugge are in the quarter-finals for the first time since the advent of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stages. The Belgian side have not reached the latter stages of a UEFA tournament since they made it to the last four in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup, losing to SV Werder Bremen.

Club Brugge have never lost a UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League quarter-final, overcoming AC Milan in 1975/76 and Panathinaikos FC in 1987/88, winning both ties 3-2 on aggregate.

Dnipro have reached the quarter-finals of this competition for the first time. Their biggest European successes were making it to the quarter-finals of the 1984/85 and 1989/90 European Champion Clubs' Cups.
 
 Trivia and links
• With eight-goal top scorers Alan (FC Salzburg) and Romelu Lukaku (Everton FC) both eliminated, the top marksmen left in the competition are SSC Napoli's Gonzalo Higuaín and Club Brugge's Lior Refaelov, with six goals each.

Dnipro remain the most combative side in the competition, with 179 fouls committed (and 171 sustained) and have received 38 yellow cards – 11 more than any other side.

Dnipro's Czech defender Ondřej Mazuch played in Belgium with RSC Anderlecht (2009–11), with Club Brugge's Tom De Sutter one of his team-mates in Brussels.

Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka is the most fouled played in this season's competition by some distance. He has been impeded 36 times – ten more than any other player.

• Due to extra time in the round of 16 decider, Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko and defender Douglas have now played 930 minutes of football in this season's competition – 30 more than any other player.

Club Brugge won their first trophy in eight years on 22 March, beating RSC Anderlecht 2-1 in a thrilling Belgian Cup final. Refaelov scored the late winner.

Dnipro were initially drawn at home but the fixture was reversed according to the draw procedure as the first leg clashed with FC Dynamo Kyiv's home encounter with ACF Fiorentina. 
 
 The coaches
• A goalkeeper for R. Standard de Liège, Mechelen, SL Benfica and Belgium, for whom he earned 58 caps, Michel Preud'homme has been in charge of Club Brugge since September 2013. As a coach, he has claimed league titles in Belgium (Standard, 2007/08) and Saudi Arabia (al-Shabab FC, 2011/12) in addition to the Belgian Cup (KAA Gent, 2009/10) and the Dutch Cup (FC Twente, 2010/11).

Dnipro coach since May 2014, Myron Markevych started out as a midfielder with home-town club FC Karpaty Lviv. While his playing career was not a huge success, he served Karpaty in four spells as a coach before a lengthy stint at FC Metalist Kharkiv earned him a reputation for attacking football. He briefly coached Ukraine in 2010.

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