Ajax reach Europa League final despite defeat at Lyon

Lacazette return gives Lyon hope of Ajax turnaround
Lacazette return gives Lyon hope of Ajax turnaround
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15 May, 2017

They hung on just enough, claiming a 5-4 success having won the first leg 4-1 at Amsterdam Arena.

Ajax warmed up for the match with a thumping 4-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles over the weekend while Lyon managed to overcome Nantes by 3-2 to gain some traction ahead of the midweek fixture.

Except in the last ten minutes, when they were down to ten men and Lyon needed only one goal for the extra time, Ajax had no more reason left to act out their passive role. We had to hold on at the end after Nick Viergever's red card but we did that.

Viergever was then sent off for fouling Fekir but he sent the free-kick miles over. Three minutes later, Guidetti failed to score on one final chance inside the box.

First of all, in order to understand these two different results and game styles, we need to first understand what happened in Netherlands.

Despite an inspired comeback effort, Lyon fell just short in their quest to reach the UEL final as Ajax were 5-4 winners on aggregate.

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Speaking after the 3-1 second leg defeat in Lyon, Bosz said, "It was a odd semi-final 2nd leg".

Ajax coach Peter Bosz said after the match that his young side's return to a European final was "a victory for football". "It is a cruel disappointment", he said.

Midfielder: Maxime Gonalons (Lyon) One of the key cogs in a splendid display from Lyon, the captain was at the heart of everything for the valiant - if eventually thwarted - French side. The three-goal lead will be hard to overcome, but not impossible for Lyon. We are getting a good price and this is by far the best bet.

There was some dejection after the first leg, but I have stressed that it is still only half-time in the tie and it's still possible for us [to progress]. We lacked defensive solidity in the first leg and we knew it would be hard after that.

"We gave it absolutely everything tonight and we were roared on by our supporters".


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