Man United, Ajax advance to Europa League final

Taylor Byrd
May 14, 2017

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

But Ajax, who finished with 10 men after Nick Viergever was sent off in the finale, held firm to reach their first European final since 1996 when they lost in the Champions League.

Dolberg has already talked down a move to Manchester United and Manchester City, but there could be further interest from elsewhere during the summer for a player contracted to Ajax until 2021.

Maxwel Cornet nearly forced extra time with a shot which flew inches wide of the far post in the final minute, but a clearly rattled Ajax managed to hold on.

"We ground it out with this young team", Ajax captain Davy Klaassen said.

"A chance to play in the final is nice, but finals you play to win", he added. They had enough chances to force extra time and had only themselves to blame for not doing so.

The idea of conceding another goal after the two by Lacazette was seemingly so horrifying for Ajax players and coach Peter Bosz that they did not even think about scoring another and finishing the Lyon's hopes in the first place.

"From the end of the first leg, I wanted to keep the disappointment out of the mind, and stress the fact that it is only half-time".

The winners will play either Manchester United or Celta Vigo, who trail 1-0 to the Premier League side, in the 24 May final in Stockholm. United advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

Maxime Gonalons (Lyon captain): "We had two games where we showed two very different sides of ourselves".

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.

Lyon could face a European ban after being charged by UEFA for supporters' actions in their Europa League exit on Thursday.

One minute later, Lacazette gave the home side the advantage on the night when he latched onto a pass across goal from Nabel Fekir.

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