Ajax pushes through to Europa League final against Manchester

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Ajax played a good first half and Kasper Dolberg even scored the first goal. Get the full report and reaction. They let Alexandre Lacazette get two goals in two minutes right before halftime, and the game was on.

Viergever was the hero for Ajax in the 3-2 loss to Schalke in the previous round, but his hand in two goals and the unsafe free-kick he gave away before being sent off suggests Bosz may be better off without him when they face United.

That he was allowed so much time and space inside the box was criminal, but it summed up Ajax's incredible fragility, and their wastefulness at the other end during their brightest spell of the game is something that has haunted them for most of the season.

The goalkeeper's clearance exposed the hosts, who were left two versus two at the back.

Amin Younes had his chance to make it 3-0 in the first half saved by Lopes.

Rachid Ghezzal compounded fears by netting again in the 81st minute, but 10-man Ajax - Nick Viergever was sent off - stood firm for the final 10 minutes or so. 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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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.

"Two minutes before the break, everything went wrong". Reaching the finals is handsome. "It is a victory for football".

Despite losing to Lyon, Ajax and their fans were in the dancing spirit after sealing a spot in the Europa League final. "A final play is nice, but finals you play to win".

"I am very proud of my players".

"We ground it out with this young team", Ajax captain Davy Klaassen said. We need to be strong as a group to qualify. "We were so close to the final, it's hard to take", Lacazette said.

"It could have been different if I'd been fit to start the first leg". We lacked defensive solidity in the first leg and we knew it would be hard after that.

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