Lyon, Ajax, and reversal of fortune

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Ajax overcame Lyon 5-4 in aggregate in the semi-finals of the Europa League as the hosts threatened the Dutch football giants with a 3-1 win in the second leg here.

The French side have it all to do if they are to reach the final is Sweden as they now trail 4-1 after an epic first-leg in the Amsterdam ArenA.

Kasper Dolberg has stressed that he does not see his future anywhere else but Ajax for the time being, vowing to continue improving over the next year.

"There was nothing going on until the last minute of the first half, when everything went wrong". Although Peter Bosz's men charmed football fans with their thrilling display last week against Lyon and were hailed as a great club once again, there remained a cynicism around the Dutch capital that the job was not finished yet.

Ajax's Davy Klaassen celebrates reaching the final as Lyon's Corentin Tolisso, right, .is on the pitch after the second leg semi final soccer match between Olympique Lyon and Ajax in the Stade de Lyon, Decines, France, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

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The Dutch club will contest a European club competition decider for the first time in 21 years with a team assembled for an estimated 22 million euros ($24 million) - a sum dwarfed by the world record 105 million euros United paid for the French global midfielder. "I'm glad it became United" Bosz said.

"A final play is nice, but finals you play to win", he added.

Bosz admitted: "We do not want to relive the same thing as Schalke in the quarter-finals - we want to play our own, high-pressing game". We need to be strong as a group to qualify.

It was made even more intense when Ajax centre back Nick Viergever was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 84th minute. "We weren't serious enough or good enough defensively in the first leg". The talismanic striker was absent in the first-leg of the tie and could be a sore miss, if he was to be unavailable for the second leg as well.

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