Ajax survive Lyon fightback to book final spot

Ajax survive Lyon fightback to book final spot

Ajax survive Lyon fightback to book final spot

Ajax look the most likely opponents for United after the Dutch giants thrashed Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their semi-final at the Amsterdam ArenA - soon to be renamed the Johan Cruyff ArenA.

That he was allowed so much time and space inside the box was criminal, but it summed up Ajax's incredible fragility, and their wastefulness at the other end during their brightest spell of the game is something that has haunted them for most of the season.

Ajax defender Nick Viergever was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in the 84th minute.

Lyon Lineup: Anthony Lopes, Mouctar Diakhaby, Nicolas N'Koulou, Jérémy Morel, Rafael, Nabil Fekir, Maxime Gonalons, Corentin Tolisso, Alexandre Lacazette, Mathieu Valbuena, Maxwel Cornet.

Facing a 4-1 aggregate deficit, Lyon girded their loins and went out and let Ajax get the first goal, courtesy of youngster Kasper Dolberg.

Both teams ended up squeezing through to the May 24 showpiece in Stockholm after nervy finishes to both second leg matches in the semifinals.

"We have done that and the final result is lovely. It is a victory for football". Although Peter Bosz's men charmed football fans with their thrilling display last week against Lyon and were hailed as a great club once again, there remained a cynicism around the Dutch capital that the job was not finished yet. They're W10-D2-L1 at home in this competition since 2012/13 with their sole defeat coming against Juventus back in 2014 and it's for that reason that they're as short as 1.67 here, despite the heavy defeat in the first leg.

"I am very proud of my players".

At that moment, the disaster that struck them was a real test; a test created to see whether the team had the character to stand tall throughout the rest of the game.

"We weren't far away from qualifying". "We weren't serious enough or good enough defensively in the first leg". We gave everything, as did the fans.

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