Watch & Download: Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax [Europa League] Highlights 2016/17
Ajax will confront Manchester United in the last of the Europa League after barely defeating Lyon with a 5-4 total triumph.
Kasper Dolberg’s stunning objective demonstrated crucial as 10-man Ajax clung on seal their place in the Europa League last in spite of a 3-1 thrashing to Lyon, who saw their sensational endeavor at rebound miss the mark.
Ajax, champs of the UEFA Cup in 1992, held a 4-1 lead from the main leg in Amsterdam, and Dolberg’s 6th Europa League objective of the battle – an unobtrusive dink over Anthony Lopes – promoted their favorable position 27 minutes into an exciting challenge.
Be that as it may, innocent shielding from Peter Bosz’s young side permitted Lyon over into the tie – Alexandre Lacazette netting twice in the space of 76 seconds on the stroke of half time.
Ajax substitute Donny van de Beek went tortuously near putting the attach to bed in the second half when he shook the woodwork, before Rachid Ghezzal moved Lyon inside an objective of driving additional time, his header from Maciej Rybus’ circling check redirecting in off Nick Viergever.
Matters were aggravated for Viergever when he grabbed a moment yellow card minutes after the fact, however the undermanned guests clung on for a 5-4 total triumph in the midst of maintained late weight from Lyon to set up a last against Manchester United on May 24.
Having weathered an early Lyon storm, Ajax had the better of the opening stages – Amin Younes and Hakim Ziyech both neglecting to take advantage of plated edged possibilities.
Yet, the guests did not need to hold up too long to lead the pack.
Snappy deduction from Andre Onana arranged for Younes to play in Dolberg who – in the wake of timing his race to flawlessness – flung an eminent complete over the onrushing Lopes.
A sad Lyon were given a help recently before the interim, however – Lacazette pounding home from the punishment spot in the wake of going down under weight from Matthijs De Ligt.
That objective started Lyon into life, and they had their second a moment later when Lacazette directed in Nabil Fekir’s cross-cum-shot to finish the turnaround.
Ajax’s energetic safeguard was cut open again after the restart, however Mouctar Diakhaby couldn’t matter the complete subsequent to associating with Mathieu Valbuena’s free-kick.
Fekir ought to have turned from supplier to goalscorer with 25 minutes remaining, yet Ajax got away unscathed as the forward skewed over from short proximity.
Van de Beek was a bristle far from settling the tie with a rankling strike that struck the upright – and Lyon had a third minutes after the fact.
Ghezzal’s header avoided in underhandedly off the sad Viergever, who got his walking orders not long after for a late jump on Rybus.
In any case, for all their strength, Lyon couldn’t make the most of the numerical favorable position – Lacazette and Maxwel Cornet both going close as Ajax stood firm to guarantee a place in an European last interestingly since 1996.