Champions League Review: Ajax End Four-Year Absence

Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam have ended their four-year wait for the Champions League proper after the 3-1 aggregate win over Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine in their playoff tie.

The Dutch side had done the bulk of the job in the first leg following the 3-1 win in Ukraine.

Ajax had 15 attempts in the second leg and also hit the post twice through a Dusan Tadic penalty and Hakeem Ziyech but their wastefulness in front of goal counted for nothing after the second leg clash in Amsterdam ended goalless.

The four-time winners would be making a first appearance in the group stage since 2014.

Swiss side Young Boys have also ended their long wait to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Young Boys defeated Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia 2-1 in their second leg on Tuesday to seal a return to the competition proper for the first time in 32 years (since 1986) via a 3-2 aggregate win.

Both sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Switzerland.

Veteran French striker Guillaume Hoarau was the hero for Young Boys as he scored a brace in three minutes to overturn Zagreb’s early lead.

AEK Athens finished a tense second leg clash at home to Hungarian side Vidi with ten men after midfielder Helder Lopes was sent off with ten minutes left as both sides played out a 1-1 draw.

The Greek side secured a Champions League group stage position with a 3-2 aggregate win over their opposition to end a 12-year wait.

They had won the first leg 2-1 in Budapest last week Tuesday.

The losing sides drop down to the Europa League group stage.