Ajax withstood a brilliant comeback from Lyon away from home to reach the Europa League final despite a 3-1 defeat on Thursday. Lyon had a definite plan to attack reluctantly to overturn a 4-1 deficit in the Netherlands. Game saw a flurry of chances and Kasper Dolberg opened the scoring but Alexandre Lacazette’s double on the stroke of halftime put the hosts ahead and second-half substitute Rachid Ghezzal added another after the break. Ajax was on the back foot early in the second half, but Lyon lacked accuracy, until Ghezzal’s 81st-minute deflected header gave the Parc OL hope. Maxwell Cornet’s strike in the 87th whizzed past the post as Lyon increased the pressure, but the visitors held out until the final whistle.

On the other hand Manchester united didn’t seem very comfortable against the Spaniards even after an early goal by Marouane Fellaini after 17 minutes. United allowed the advantage to slip by playing defensively and saw themselves chasing the game when Facundo Roncaglia headed the visitors level in the 85th minute, meaning another goal for the Spaniards could have put them through on away goals. Guidetti had a chance to win the tie for Celta with the last kick of the game but failed to control the ball six metres from an open goal after Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off.

Now Manchester United will face Ajax in their first Europa League final on 24th of may at Stockholm, which will in no ways be a walk in the park for the Old Trafford side and will make for a delightful watch.

Who do you think will lift the Europa trophy?

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