Ajax lose in Lyon but reach Europa final

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UEFA chaged Lyon with the setting off of fireworks, throwin objects, invading the pitch and blocking stairways as Lyon crashed out in the semifinals 5-4 on aggregate to Ajax despite winning the second leg 3-1.

Kasper Dolberg scored early for Ajax but a quickfire Alexandre Lacazette double - the first from the penalty spot - just before the break reignited Lyon's hopes of a first European final.

An Ajax goal had been coming before Dolberg finally opened the scoring, and the openness of Lyon's defence and unstable midfield suggested Ajax were in for a simple evening.

Kasper Dolberg has stressed that he does not see his future anywhere else but Ajax for the time being, vowing to continue improving over the next year.

Much like for the first 25 minutes of last week's encounter, Bruno Genesio's Lyon probed and pressed straight from kick-off, but their sloppy defending allowed the visitors to settle much quicker than they did in Amsterdam. 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. But in the end, especially after the red card for Nick Viergever, we had to survive.

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

"Lion" on his way to the semi-finals LE beautifully figured with AZ and "Roma", but to defeat the stronger "Ajax" silenok did not have the French. "Call it a victory for football".

"We ground it out with this young team", Ajax captain Davy Klaassen said.

"We weren't far away from qualifying". The talismanic striker was absent in the first-leg of the tie and could be a sore miss, if he was to be unavailable for the second leg as well.

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