Dnipro advance as Seleznyov sinks Napoli

Dnipro 1

Napoli 0

(Dnipro win 2-1 on aggregate)

Dnipro advanced to their first European final after Yevhen Seleznyov’s second-half header gave them a 2-1 aggregate win over Napoli in the Europa League.

Having scored late on in the first leg, the Ukrainian side held a slender advantage heading back to Kiev courtesy of an away goal, and they improved on that with a 1-0 win that sets up a final against four-time winners Sevilla in Warsaw.

Dnipro were lucky to escape the first period without conceding a penalty as Jaba Kankava hauled Christian Maggio to the floor, but could have edged in front as Seleznyov’s long-range effort was well tipped round the post by Mariano Andujar.

Rafael Benitez’s side grew desperate in the closing stages, and the Spanish coach sent on captain Marek Hamsik from the bench along with Dries Mertens but they could not find their way past an increasingly assured Boyko. Higuain again saw an effort turned away from goal with just over 10 minutes to go, but in the end it was Dnipro who looked the more likely to score.

Nikola Kalinic had a shot well-saved on the break before Matheus headed against the bar in stoppage time when he should have extended the lead before the whistle was finally blown to send Dnipro through.

  • First-half goals by Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson ensured that Wycombe booked their place in the League Two play-off final with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth that sealed a 5-3 aggregate win.


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