Ajax pushes through to Europa League final against Manchester

Lacazette is set to return to his side's starting line-up against Ajax on Thursday as they attempt to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit.

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

"We are Manchester United and we always want to win every game". "I have no words for it".

The France worldwide is the heartbeat of the side, and his absence stopped Lyon producing any kind of venom.

Ajax progressed to the Europa League final, holding on to advance despite a spirited victory for Lyon in France.

But Lyon top scorer Alexandre Lacazette netted twice inside a minute just before halftime to give Lyon hope. "A final play is nice, but finals you play to win". They had enough chances to force extra time and had only themselves to blame for not doing so.

"But in the end, especially after the red card for Nick Viergever, we had to survive".

UEFA have said on tickets for the final: 'A total of 37,000 of the overall 48,000 tickets will be available to fans and the general public, with the two finalists receiving up to 10,000 each and 17,000 being available for sale to supporters worldwide'.

"Inside my heart is racing", "We needed to play football and we did that".

"The players played a great match, we really rushed Ajax".

They will face Manchester United in the showpiece match in Stockholm on May 24 after the Premier League side beat Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. United advanced 2-1 on aggregate. Traore scored his second of the game on a lovely piece of passing from the Ajax attack.

Onana's long kick out was poorly dealt with by Lyon's center backs and German midfielder Amin Younes fed a quick pass to Dolberg in lots of space down the left.

The Lyon defence was often outpaced in a lively start to the game and midway through the first half, Ajax were rewarded.

A dejected Lyon were handed a lifeline just prior to the interval, though - Lacazette thumping home from the penalty spot after going down under pressure from Matthijs De Ligt.

Ghezzal's header deflected in wickedly off the unfortunate Viergever, who received his marching orders soon after for a late lunge on Rybus. Coach Peter Bosz is delighted, he said to RTL7. The French striker has 31 goals in 40 games in all competitions this season.

  • Jo Lloyd