Europa League - Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
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Lyon 3-1 Ajax (agg 4-5)

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Ajax held on to resist a tenacious second-leg fightback by Lyon in France and reach the Europa League final - their first European final since 1996.

The Dutch side scored first through Kasper Dolberg's crafty finish to move 5-1 ahead on aggregate.

But Alexandre Lacazette's two goals before half-time and Rachid Ghezzal's 81st-minute header gave Lyon hope.

And Nick Viergever's dismissal ensured Ajax were on the back foot - with Lyon wasting several late chances.

Ajax play their final league match on Sunday and will then have 12 days to prepare for the final, which will be against Manchester United in Stockholm on 24 May.

And coach Peter Bosz claimed Ajax's return to a European final was "a victory for football".

He added: "The guys were great with the tension, had chances and scored with one.

Alexandre Lacazette is devastated
Lacazette led the Lyon fightback as they came within a goal of taking it to extra time

"There was nothing going on until the last minute of the first half, when everything went wrong.

"Lyon started to believe in it, the crowd were behind them and then you know it is difficult.

"At half-time I said 'Do not panic.' But in the end, especially after the red card for Nick Viergever, we had to survive.

"We have done that and the final result is beautiful. Call it a victory for football."

By contrast, Lyon coach Bruno Genesio felt the result was a "cruel disappointment".

He said: "The players played a great match, we really rushed Ajax. Unfortunately it was not enough."

Lacazette said: "We weren't far away from qualifying. We weren't clinical enough in front of goal and not effective enough defensively.

"It could have been different if I'd been fit to start the first leg."

Jubilant scenes at the final whistle
There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Ajax reached their first European final in 21 years

Line-ups

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 20Rafael
  • 3NkoulouBooked at 61mins
  • 5DiakhabyBooked at 49mins
  • 15MorelBooked at 18minsSubstituted forRybusat 74'minutes
  • 8TolissoBooked at 19mins
  • 21Gonalons
  • 27Cornet
  • 18FekirBooked at 61mins
  • 28ValbuenaSubstituted forGhezzalat 77'minutes
  • 10Lacazette

Substitutes

  • 11Ghezzal
  • 12Ferri
  • 13Jallet
  • 14Darder
  • 29Tousart
  • 30Gorgelin
  • 31Rybus

Ajax

  • 24Onana
  • 3VeltmanBooked at 49minsSubstituted forTeteat 65'minutes
  • 5Sánchez
  • 36de Ligt
  • 26ViergeverBooked at 84mins
  • 10KlaassenBooked at 50mins
  • 20SchöneSubstituted forvan de Beekat 59'minutes
  • 22Ziyech
  • 9Traoré
  • 25Dolberg
  • 11YounesSubstituted forKluivertat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 4Riedewald
  • 16Westermann
  • 30van de Beek
  • 33Boer
  • 45Kluivert
  • 77Neres Campos
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak
Attendance:
53,810

Match Stats

Home TeamLyonAway TeamAjax
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home23
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Lyon 3, Ajax 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lyon 3, Ajax 1.

Foul by Maxwel Cornet (Lyon).

Davy Klaassen (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Nkoulou.

Nabil Fekir (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bertrand Traoré (Ajax).

Attempt missed. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal with a cross.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Kenny Tete.

Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rafael with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corentin Tolisso.

Attempt missed. Nabil Fekir (Lyon) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Nick Viergever (Ajax) for a bad foul.

Nabil Fekir (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nick Viergever (Ajax).

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Justin Kluivert replaces Amin Younes.

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 3, Ajax 1. Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maciej Rybus with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bertrand Traoré (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mouctar Diakhaby (Lyon) because of an injury.

Donny van de Beek (Ajax) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Davy Klaassen following a corner.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Maciej Rybus.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Rachid Ghezzal replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

Attempt saved. Maciej Rybus (Lyon) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette with a headed pass.

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenny Tete (Ajax).

Offside, Ajax. André Onana tries a through ball, but Kasper Dolberg is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Maciej Rybus replaces Jérémy Morel.

Foul by Mouctar Diakhaby (Lyon).

Davy Klaassen (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Mouctar Diakhaby.

Attempt blocked. Bertrand Traoré (Ajax) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Davy Klaassen.

Attempt missed. Kasper Dolberg (Ajax) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bertrand Traoré with a cross.

Offside, Lyon. Mathieu Valbuena tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.

Jérémy Morel (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bertrand Traoré (Ajax).

Attempt missed. Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nabil Fekir with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Nick Viergever (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nabil Fekir (Lyon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nick Viergever (Ajax).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe641186213
2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nic640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz 056231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6402139412
2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakt Donsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3FC RB Salzb62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Buc613257-26
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