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.
ajax's lineup for the last 5 mins of this lyon match: pic.twitter.com/igKx7wq4u9
— Aaron West (@ayyy_west) May 11, 2017
Ajax are into their first European final since 1996.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 12, 2017
How are we even able to play "Glory Glory Man United" at the end of this horror movie. Clearly Ajax look the favorites to me #mufc
— Patriot (@PatriotOfori) May 11, 2017
Just the 77 shots in the two games between Ajax and Lyon. (via @OptaJohan)
— Michiel Jongsma (@JongsmaJongsma) May 11, 2017
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.
Manchester United's ability to play down to level of the opposition this season is one of the biggest concerns. Frightened by Celta Vigo.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 11, 2017
Manchester United vs Celta Vigo Highlights (HD) pic.twitter.com/ImHhohqne7
— José (@MourinhoMindset) May 11, 2017
Mourinho celebrating with the Manchester United fans. I love this fucking club & his passion.. Winner ??❤ pic.twitter.com/JEOpa7O32j
— Ahsan (@Ahsi_7) May 11, 2017
— Katie Flynn (@Kate_flynn86) May 11, 2017
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.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 11, 2017
There is a boyfriend somewhere explaining to his girlfriend how Ajax lost 3-1 and Manchester United draw 1-1 and still meet in the final
— Kung Okwonfree (@Okwonfree) May 11, 2017
Who do you think will lift the Europa trophy?