Ajax through to Europa League final after tense second leg against Lyon

Clyde Nash
May 15, 2017

However, United was last in the final of a European competition in 2011, when it was outclassed by Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.

Former Dutch national team manager Danny Blind (father of United's Daley) played a record 482 times for Ajax, with Marco Van Basten their leading goalscorer, claiming 142 goals in 154 games before moving to Italy.

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

The victory in the last round over Nantes with the score 3: 2, for Lyon was very important psychological character.

Ajax is through to the Europa League finale, despite a 3-1 loss against Olympique Lyon on Thursday.

Bruno Genesio has a lot to mull over as the injuries are starting to pile up.

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The match on Thursday will be the sixth full-time meeting between these teams.

Lyon, though, could not get over the hump, and were thusly banished from Europe. Sad! We can regret the first leg but take vast pride in how we played the second.

Bailly will miss the final through suspension.

"The boys didn't play a phenomenal match but they fought, they gave everything they had to give and I'm really pleased for them because 14 matches and we are in the final so it's good", United head coach Jose Mourinho said, as reported by the club's website.

The young Colombian worldwide central defender put in another powerful and composed performance at the heart of the Ajax back line. However, all eyes will be on Hakim Ziyech.

The Denmark global has seen his reputation grow this term, finding the net in both legs of the Dutch side's Europa League semi-final win over Lyon to take his tally for the campaign to 22.

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In the first leg, Bertrand Traore opened the scoring with a header off of a set piece in the 25th minute.

Despite his double strike, Alexandre Lacazette admitted Lyon needed to be better in front of goal.

"They could also play together". It wasn't pretty, but the hosts did just about enough against a side who are now 12th in La Liga.

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

Lyon are expected to come out victorious on the night. "I see Ajax winning the competition now".

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