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Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

15 May 2017, 12:59 | Marlene Fleming

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Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

The ex-goalkeeper won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and then again with United 13 years later. Less than three minutes into the second half, Younes was able to just get the ball over the line before Lyon could clear it. Lyon got on the scoreboard after the Ajax defender headed a cross right to Mathieu Valbuena who scored an important away goal. Due to last week's 4-1 win, the Amsterdam team will play against Manchester United in Stocholm on May 24th.

It was made even more intense when Ajax center back Nick Viergever was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 84th minute.

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.

And Ajax coach Peter Bosz will be taking nothing for granted on the trip to France with memories of his side's quarter-final clash with Schalke still fresh in the mind.

"The guys were great with the tension, had chances and scored with one", Bosz said in his post-match press conference.

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Son went on to explain that " It's very important we keep looking forward, step by step game by game and get three points ". Many great players have graced The Lane over the years and Ardiles is perhaps one of the most revered of all.

Lacazette was brought down in the area just before the break and he converted the resulting penalty to give Lyon a lifeline in the 45th minute.

"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". Of course wins help to win so we want that.

Marouane Fellaini's 17th-minute header to make the score 2-0 on aggregate should have settled any nerves at Old Trafford, but instead, the Red Devils failed to build on this early boost and grew increasingly tentative as the game wore on.

Both teams ended up squeezing through to the May 24 showpiece in Stockholm after nervy finishes to both second leg matches in the semifinals. "It was very important for us to reach this final and it's always good if there is a possibility to win a trophy".

Dolberg has been pivotal in Ajax's impressive run to the Europa League final this season, scoring crucial goals in both legs of their semi-final victory over Lyon and continuing this form in his league performances, netting 15 goals in 27 Eredivisie appearances.



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