AFC Ajax 2-1 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (agg: 2-2, Dnipro win on away goals) Yevhen Konoplyanka's extra-time strike capped a backs-to-the wall performance.
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• Riechedly Bazoer strikes on the hour as Ajax cancel out first-leg deficit
• Lovely finish from Yevhen Konoplyanka turns tie in Dnipro's favour in extra time
• Mike van der Hoorn's header gives Ajax hope at the end but Dnipro hang on
• Ukrainian side successful despite being without five key players – and their coach
• Quarter-final draw in Nyon on 20 March at 13.00CET
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk joined compatriots FC Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, keeping cool heads to get the better of AFC Ajax after extra time in Amsterdam.
The Dutch champions had struggled to lay a glove on their visitors, who went into this round of 16 second leg 1-0 to the good, and were unable to press their advantage after Riechedly Bazoer made it 1-1 on aggregate. Yevhen Konoplyanka silenced the Amsterdam ArenA crowd with a stylish finish seven minutes into overtime, and while Mike van der Hoorn restored Ajax's lead on the night, away goals saw them off.
With five first-choice players absent through injury or suspension, and coach Myron Markevych laid up with a virus, Dnipro rode their luck to begin with, goalkeeper Denys Boyko making a fine save to fend away Anwar El Ghazi's drive after seven minutes. Under Olexandr Ivanov, they then set about stifling their hosts.
Arkadiusz Milik went close with a header for Frank de Boer's side just before the interval, yet the coach cut a frustrated figure until Ajax got a fortunate break on 60 minutes. Egídio failed to cut out a ball from the left, inviting Bazoer to bear down on goal and beat Boyko with a firm hit.
Dnipro reshuffled and might have equalised on 71 minutes, Roman Bezus unsighted as a free-kick dropped onto his head and crept wide of Jasper Cillessen's right-hand post. Extra time then provided the stage for skipper Konoplyanka to make his star turn, cutting in from the left and skirting the edge of the box before curling a low shot inside Cillessen's left-hand post.
Van der Hoorn bravely nodded into the unguarded net after a rebound from Kolbeinn Sigthórsson's header dropped invitingly in the dying minutes, but Ajax could not finish Dnipro off.