Ajax into Europa League final

Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

Following the win, four-time European champions Ajax will meet Manchester United in the May 24 final in Stockholm.

Ajax is through to the Europa League finale, despite a 3-1 loss against Olympique Lyon on Thursday. Manchester United drew the match but go through to the final 2-1.

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. "I have no words for it". By halftime the home team was ahead 2-1.

Marouane Fellaini headed a 17th-minute goal to give United a two-goal cushion on aggregate, building on Marcus Rashford's victor from the first leg.

Thus, the result was a dramatic one for a Europa League semi-final, Ajax maintained the attacking flow and as their opponent's line between defense and offense was broken, the one goal they conceded was due to their own complacent attitude.

There was more hope when Viergever was handed a second yellow card in the 84th minute. 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.

Maxwel Cornet nearly forced extra time with a shot which flew inches wide of the far post in the final minute, but a clearly rattled Ajax managed to hold on.

Lyon's players collapsed to the ground at the final whistle, some with their head in their hands.

Ajax's youthful defence did face some hairy moments on Wednesday as Lyon pressed to force the match into extra time. "We weren't clinical enough in front of goal and not effective enough defensively", Lacazette said.

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"Above all, we are disappointed with the way the first leg went".

The Dutch club will contest a European club competition decider for the first time in 21 years with a team assembled for an estimated 22 million euros ($24 million) - a sum dwarfed by the world record 105 million euros United paid for the French worldwide midfielder.

Ajax had a plan to make it interesting, though.

"Lyon started to believe in it, the crowd were behind them and then you know it is hard."At half-time I said "Do not panic".

Onana's long kick out was poorly dealt with by Lyon's center backs and German midfielder Amin Younes fed a quick pass to Dolberg in lots of space down the left. As for the Europa League, where the Dutch were the next round, especially thanks to home matches.

Dolberg had scored in the first leg last week and is making a name for himself, having also netted 15 league goals this season.

Fekir will play just behind Lacazette, with Gonalons and Tolisso completing the midfield.

Ghezzal's header deflected in wickedly off the unfortunate Viergever, who received his marching orders soon after for a late lunge on Rybus.

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