First leg score: Dnipro-1 1-2 AEK Larnaca
Having already won the first leg on the road, AEK Larnaca are in a great position to come through this tie.
A week ago, goals from Omri Altman and Hrvoje Miličević saw the Cypriot side race into a 2-0 lead in Košice.
Dnipro-1 did get one back in stoppage time, courtesy of Oleksandr Svatok, but this could not spark a late comeback.
Back at AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis, the hosts will be confident of completing the job.
The Green-Yellows actually began this current European campaign in Champions League qualifying, ousted by Midtjylland on penalties.
Nevertheless, José Luis Oltra’s side bounced back from that in style, causing an upset by beating Partizan Belgrade in this competition.
So, AEK Larnaca are on the verge of their third Europa League group stage appearance, after 2011 and 2018.
Meantime, this is a first-ever European tie for the phoenix club that is Dnipro-1.
The previous club, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, got to the Europa League Final in 2015, but were relegated and then folded shortly after.
Given that they’re playing home matches in Slovakia, and hadn’t played a competitive game since December before the first leg, Oleksandr Kucher’s side were always big underdogs.
Baring an astonishing comeback in Larnaca, Dnipro-1 will be settling for a spot in the Europa Conference League group stages.