Dortmund’s four-game away streak started in disappointment as they crashed out of the Europa League in Amsterdam despite holding a three-goal advantage with just fifty minutes of the tie remaining. The side were without Sven Bender and Marco Reus as both continue recover from minor knocks.
It all started so well as Mats Hummels headed home inside the opening half-hour to put BVB 4-1 up on aggregate, but the side failed to string three passes together for the remaining hour and when Siem de Jong slammed home a rebound moments before the break, the home side sensed a comeback.
Comeback, they did. De Jong was onside when he put Ajax in front on the night just ten minutes after the break, and after André Schürrle had a goal ruled-out for offside, substitute Lasse Schöne sent the tie to extra-time when the Dortmund defence dozed off at a corner and he made it 3-1 to the hosts, 4-4 over the two legs.
With legs tiring, it was Schöne who scored what was to be the decisive goal three minutes into extra-time with a fantastic effort that crashed home off the far post when he controlled just inside the box, spun and fired towards Weidenfeller’s goal.
Schürrle was marginally offside with another chalked-off effort five minutes later, and even when Ajax were forced to ten men when the dangerous Thulani Serero limped off, they couldn’t find the goal that would book them a quarter-final place, with Lars Bender – BVB’s stand-out player on the night – slamming wide from 12 yards out.
Welcome to the Amsterdam ArenA here in the Dutch capital for the second leg of the Europa League last sixteen between Ajax
Just one change for the hosts from the first leg last week, as Clemente Rodríguez replaces Niklas Moisander at left back. Dortmund have made four changes from their 3-1 win, with Praet, Fischer, Lewandowski, and Reus all making way for Julian Koch, André Schürrle, Stevan Jovetic, and Mario Götze.
A 2-0 win for Ajax would see them through, otherwise they’ll need to score at least three goals should they concede to a Dortmund side who have scored at least three goals in ten of their twelve matches in 2015.
The match officials are English, as they were last week, with Martin Atkinson in the middle. The quarter-final draw will be made tomorrow, and we’ll keep you up-to-date with tonight’s other scores.
 Dortmund kick-off on their first visit to Amsterdam in 19 years.
 Ryan Babel blazes the first effort of the night high over the bar.
 Willian has scored the first goal of the night, putting Shakhtar in front against Málaga, and 1-0 up on aggregate.
 Great play from Götze until the finish as he beats his man and cuts inside but he lashes wide, looking as if he didn’t know whether to cross or shoot.
 Schürrle tests Vermeer from 22 yards but it’s straight at the Ajax ‘keeper.
 Mario Götze looks like being the key man for Dortmund tonight as he hits the goal line and bends a great cross back towards the far post but Perisic’s powerful header is beaten away by Vermeer.
 Viergever has a crack from 25 yards but he scoops it over the bar.
 Siem de Jong is booked as he clatters into Neven Subotic in midair in the centre circle.
 Just the one goal in tonight’s eight second legs, meaning that currently no tie is level on aggregate.
 Goal in Porto, as Kléber puts the home side in front against Aston Villa and squares the tie at 2-2.
 Perisic wins Dortmund the first corner of the game as his run into the box is ended by Diamé’s challenge.
 Hummels meets the corner from Götze, but his header is straight at Vermeer.
 Julian Koch gets a talking to as he somewhat cynically brings down Diamé in the centre of the park. Was never getting back to make a good challenge!
 Dortmund break quickly, and it’s Bender who brings the ball forward with pace. he wins a corner off Viergever, but the set piece is cleared by the hosts.
 Willian has a second for Shakhtar at home to Málaga, and he doubles the aggregate lead.
 Götze gets on the end of a Schürrle cross and tries a fierce volley that cannons off Matholo and goes behind for a corner.
 AJAX 0-1 (1-4) DORTMUND: Huge goal for Dortmund as they really wanted to score first and give Ajax a mountain to climb. Götze’s corner is headed away by De Jong, but Ivan Perisic clips it back into the near post where captain Mats Hummels flicks a header home past a diving Vermeer.
 Ajax have had twice the possession of the visitors today, but are 0 to 4 down on shots on target. BVB look happy to drop deep, let the hosts knock the ball around, nick it off them and hit them on the break. Ajax need to test Weidenfeller before the break.
 Tarik Elyounoussi has put Celtic in front at home to Manchester City, but they trail 2-4 on aggregate.
 First corner for Ajax as Schmelzer heads behind a cross for Serero. Koch nods the delivery from Eriksen behind for a prompt second. Perisic is held by Viergever at the setpiece and Dortmund have a free-kick.
 Adam Szalai has scored for Mainz in their tie against Lazio, 1-3 on aggregate to the Italians.
 AJAX 1-1 (2-4) DORTMUND: As he did in the first leg, Siem de Jong equalises just before the break by slotting home a rebound after a Weidenfeller save. The Dortmund ‘keeper had to get down quickly to push away a curling Diamé shot, but he can’t stop De Jong slotting home. A few glances over at the assistant, whose flag stays down.
 One additional minute. Ajax coming forward with confidence now.
[45+1] Mario Götze collects his first caution of the season when he bundles Diamé over on halfway. As Ajax hit the freekick across the park, the whistle goes for the break.
HALF-TIME: AFC Ajax 1-1 (2-4) Borussia Dortmund (Europa League).
[HT] No further goals to report across Europe, so the eight teams going through are currently: CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Lazio, Toulouse, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Trabzonspor, and Borussia Dortmund. Anythign can change in forty-five minutes though!
[HT] Double sub for Ajax: On come Lucas Andersen and Lasse Schöne, taking the place of Rodríguez (5.8) and Babel (6.6).
[HT] Two changes at the break for Dortmund too: Götze (6.8) and Jovetic (6.7) are replaced by Dennis Praet and Robert Lewandowski.
 Ajax kick-off the second half!
 Charles N’Zogbia has equalised for Villa at Porto within thirty seconds of the restart, that puts them 3-2 up on aggregate.
 Dortmund’s passing has been poor so far and as they concede possession in the middle under little pressure, Surman is out from his dugout to bellow at his players.
 Souza has missed a penalty for Porto!
 Corner for Ajax, won by Serero. Bender across to knock his cross behind. Hummels heads the delivery behind for another, which is overhit and goes out.
 Vermeer comes off his line and claims the ball just ahead of Schürrle who gets behind and almost onto Schmelzer’s ball over the top.
 AJAX 2-1 (3-4) DORTMUND: A goal that blows this tie wide open as Siem de Jong scores a competition-high ninth goal of this season’s Europa League campaign. Diamé is the creator again as he holds up the ball 25 yards out before knocking it over the centre-back for De Jong to slot home.
 Julian Schieber replaces Koch (6.7) as Dortmund make their third and final change. BVB’s 21-match unbeaten streak under threat here today.
 Christian Eriksen is off the field receiving treatment after he goes down under an innocuous Schmelzer challenge.
 Schürrle is played through by Praet but his first touch takes him too wide and his shot can only hit the side netting from 15 yards out. Ajax make their final change replacing Eriksen (6.9) with Niklas Moisander.
 Siem de Jong gets on the end of a Serero floated cross but Weidenfeller saves his header well. Dortmund giving the ball away far too easily, and they look vulnerable down their left flank.
 Julian Schieber is off-target from 20 yards.
 Falcao has opened the scoring in Madrid between Atletico and CSKA, but the Russians still lead 4-3 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Trabzonspor – the only side to win away from home last week – are ahead against Inter through Mierzejewski.
 Schieber again fires a couple of yards wide from just outside the box.
 Offside! André Schürrle has slammed what he thinks is an equaliser for Dortmund, but the flag’s up on the far side. His touch from Schieber’s pass to control before lashing home is sublime, but he was half a yard behind the last defender.
 Caution for Neven Subotic as he bundles De Jong over from behind. Lucas Andersen receives the ball from the free-kick but drills a shot through a packed penalty area well wide.
 Willian has completed his hat-trick for Shakhtar who are going through against Málaga, while Olympiakos are now in front at home to Tolouse but they trail 3-4 over the two legs.
 If Dortmund are going to draw level tonight, you get the feeling that André Schürrle will be involved. He’s getting behind the Ajax defence and onto cross-field passes.
 Corner for Ajax as Praet deflects a Sorero shot wide. They win a second as Schmelzer hammers the delivery behind.
 AJAX 3-1 (4-4) DORTMUND: It’s all square as Dortmund fall asleep at the the corner and Lasse Schöne has a simple tap-in. Serero’s cross drops into him at the near post and he has time to set himself and drill under Weidenfeller. We’re nine minutes from extra-time!
 Ivanschitz has hit a penalty for Mainz to put them 2-0 up against Lazio, they now only trail 2-3. Porto the only home side not winning tonight.
 Julian Schieber has a golden chance but he’s denied at point blank range by Kenneth Vermeer. Schürrle’s ball over the top drops for the striker but the Ajax ‘keeper stands tall and pushes it behind.
 Siem de Jong, already on a booking, clearly trips Dennis Praet but escapes any punishment at all as Martin Atkinson allows play to continue, and Ajax win a corner. Subotic heads it behind, for Ajax’s eighth corner of the game.
 Disallowed! Lucas Andersen climbs all over Schürrle and powers a header home for a fourth, but the officials have spotted it this time and chalk it off.
 Nick Viergever fouls Praet on the edge of the Dortmund box and is cautioned.
 Another corner for Ajax as Serero has a cross headed behind by Beck. Dortmund clear but have their counter attack quashed.
 Three minutes added on between us and extra-time.
 Some late goals to tell you about: Edin Dzeko has equalised for Man City at Celtic, restoring their three-goal aggregate lead. Mitroglou has doubled Olympiakos’ lead at home to Toulouse meaning they’ll go through on away goals. Lastly, in Mainz, Adam Szalai has made it 3-0 to the hosts sending that tie to extra-time!
[90+3] Siem de Jong is a whisker away from a hat-trick that would send Ajax through! The ball drops to him on the edge of the box as Subotic heads away a deep Serero cross, but he’s denied by the fingertips of Roman Weidenfeller.
FULL-TIME (90′): AFC Ajax 3-1 (4-4) Borussia Dortmund (Europa League).
[FT] Stunning news from Mainz as Devante Park has hit a 92nd minute fourth goal which turns the tie completely on its head. Mainz through against Lazio after losing 0-3 in Rome! Elsewhere, Miranda has been sent-off in stoppage time for Atletico who beat CSKA 1-0 but go out on aggregate.
[FT] Only one tie going to extra time, and that’s here, so seven of the eight quarter-finalists are: CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, FSV Mainz, Olympiakos, Aston Villa, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Trabzonspor.
 We’re back under way! Dortmund kick-off the first half of extra-time.
 De Jong clips one over the bar from distance.
 Lewandowski rifles a shot towards goal but Viergever throws himself in the way and blocks the powerful drive.
 De Jong hits a tame shot straight at Weidenfeller from 20 yards.
 AJAX 4-1 DORTMUND (5-4): What a turnaround here as the Dortmund players sink to their knees. Diamé plays the ball into the box where Lasse Schöne holds up under pressure from Hummels, spins, and bends one in off the far post from 15 yards. Brilliant finish.
 Surman out of the dugout encouraging his boys. They just need one goal and have 25 minutes to find it, but they MUST stop giving the ball away. At least the tie can’t go to penalties now!
 Another Ajax corner, and it’s all Serero causing problems up the right. Dortmund clear away though.
 Offside! André Schürrle has the ball in the back of the net for the second time tonight, but this too is disallowed. It’s a great volley at the far post, but up goes the flag and it’s the correct call.
 Offside! Now Lucas Andersen finishes with a neat chip over Weidenfeller from the edge of the box but he’s a yard offside behind the Dortmund backline. I need a stiff drink!
 Serero wins Ajax another corner, but Ajax concede possession with a foul in the box as he whips it in.
 Now Dortmund have a corner, won by Schürrle as he draws a sliding challenge from Ajax captain Alderweireld. One becomes two as Van Rhijn knocks it behind. Schürrle eventually hits an effort well wide.
 Marcel Schmelzer makes a brilliant sliding tackle on Serero, and the Ajax man looks hurt. I’d say it’s about time someone closed him down, but not to that end result.
HT/ET: AFC Ajax 4-1 (5-4) Borussia Dortmund (Europa League).
[HT/ET] Thulani Serero isn’t coming back out for the last fifteen minutes. Ajax down to ten men, Dortmund have to score to go through. This is going to be end-to-end stuff!
 AJax kick-off what will be the last quarter of an hour of European football for one of these two sides.
 Lars Bender with a glorious chance as the ball is worked across the box for him 15 yards out but he fails to hit the target, screwing his shot back wide of goal. He holds his head in his hands at the miss.
 Lars Bender is shown a yellow card after a frustrated lunge on Diamé.
 Great save by Weidenfeller at the feet of Andersen after the Ajax youngster beats the offside trap.
 I’ve not watched such a frustrating Dortmund performance such as this. Brief moments of teamwork undone by baffling moments of individual ineptitude in the simple things. Ajax first to every ball and very much deserving of going through.
 Schöne fizzes a shot over the top from distance.
 Subotic brings down Schöne five yards outside the box and may be fortunate to escape a second booking. Weidenfeller holds onto the tame curling free-kick from the same player.
 Dennis Praet is cautioned as he takes away Diamé’s legs. Dortmund two minutes from continental elimination here. That booking will mean he picks up a one game ban for the next continental match he’s eligible to play in.
 Lewandowski has a shot charged down by Van Rhijn, before Vermeer makes an excellent full-stretch save to tip away a curler from Schürrle.
 Roman Weidenfeller is up for the corner. All or nothing now for BVB! Toby Alderweireld hammers the corner away. One minute remaining.
RESULT: AFC Ajax 4-1 (5-4) Borussia Dortmund (Europa League). [PKM]
An absolutely astonishing turnaround from an Ajax side trailing 4-1 on aggregate just moments before half-time. Dortmund were absolutely abysmal in retaining possession, giving away pass and pass in the middle third, clearly missing the presence of Sven Bender alongside brother Lars.
The goal that sent it to extra-time was unforgivable in the lapse of concentration to let Schöne score, but in truth it was the inability to stop Seraro down Ajax’s right. When he went off injured, BVB tried to make the man advantage count but Bender and Schieber fluffed efforts and Dortmund have crashed out here tonight.
They remain involved on two fronts domestically though, and the’re next in action on Wednesday night at Nürnberg for a place in the German cup final. How the BVB board feel about being knocked out of both European competitions before the quarter-finals remains to be seen.
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