Man United, Ajax advance to Europa League final

Man United, Ajax advance to Europa League final

Second-leg matches in the UEFA Europa League semifinals will be played on Thursday evening, with Lyon taking on Ajax and Manchester United looking to hold their advantage at home against Celta Vigo.

Ajax moved to the brink of a first European final in 21 years with a 4-1 first-leg win in Amsterdam last week.

"This is a super feeling".

In the end, it was a victory that had the hallmarks of a classic Jose Mourinho success rather than the type Man United fans became accustomed to during numerous greatest moments of the Alex Ferguson era.

At that moment, the disaster that struck them was a real test; a test created to see whether the team had the character to stand tall throughout the rest of the game.

Lyon's players collapsed to the ground at the final whistle, some with their head in their hands. Four minutes later, Lyon wasted their best chance to level the score, as Maxwel Cornet saw his shot off the post.

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Ajax warmed up for the match with a thumping 4-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles over the weekend while Lyon managed to overcome Nantes by 3-2 to gain some traction ahead of the midweek fixture.

Substitute Rachid Ghezzal nodded in a heavily-deflected third late on as Ajax played the final minutes with ten men after Dutch global Nick Viergever received a second booking.

"There was nothing going on until the last minute of the first half, when everything went wrong. We do not need to be ashamed after how we played, but we are disappointed and frustrated".

"At half-time I told them how proud I was of them playing in such a way in this stadium and supporters". Lyon started to believe and the crowd were behind them so it was hard.

Ajax smashed the French side in the first leg with quite a goal margin but anything can happen in football and with the two teams having their certain dynamics, anything is possible.

"We weren't far away from qualifying". We know that he is able to score at any moment, to grab the attention of defenders.

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