Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

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

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.

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 French side have it all to do if they are to reach the final is Sweden as they now trail 4-1 after an epic first-leg in the Amsterdam ArenA.

The goalkeeper's clearance exposed the hosts, who were left two versus two at the back.

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Lyon had no option but to raise the tempo, but it was not until 79 seconds from the end of the half that they broke through when Matthijs de Ligt was adjudged to have fouled Lacazette.

Lyon responded and with the last kick of the half Lacazette turned in Nabil Fekir's cross at the far post after Viergever mis-kicked his clearance.

Lyon's players also collapsed to the ground at the final whistle, having also come within one goal of a dramatic second-leg turnaround.

Rachid Ghezzal compounded fears by netting again in the 81st minute, but 10-man Ajax - Nick Viergever was sent off - stood firm for the final 10 minutes or so.

Ajax look the most likely opponents for United after the Dutch giants thrashed Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their semi-final at the Amsterdam ArenA - soon to be renamed the Johan Cruyff ArenA.

"The guys were great with the tension, had chances and scored with one", Bosz said. "And if we score three against Ajax, we could go through". "It is a victory for football". 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 mind. At home, Lyon is significantly good, but we have to consider the fact that 2 of the recent 4 games has been lost and one more is like if Lyon's win they are winning by the huge margin of 3 or more goals.

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