Lopes: Ajax loss a disaster

Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Anthony Lopes has described his side's 4-1 loss to Ajax in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final as a "disaster".

Bertrand Traore (25, 71), Kasper Dolberg (34) and Amin Younes (49) all scored for the Eredivisie side where only Mathieu Valbuena (66) was on target for Lyon.

After the game, a disappointed Lopes told the club's official website: "This is a disaster. We showed desire at the start of the match but we petered out. They’re very technical players and pass well. We also had our chances but didn’t capitalise on them. There’s some cause for hope. There are still 90 minutes and we’ll need to aim for a 3-0 or 4-1 scoreline. We now need to digest this disappointment.”

Lucas Tousart shared his goalkeeper's sentiments: "It’s tough. The margin’s pretty heavy for the first leg of a semi. We made some mistakes and paid for them. We need to focus on the return leg. It’ll be a different situation and we need to play a crazy match to make the final. We were certainly in the game. They scored some goals and that made the rest of the game hard. It’s an awful, sad day for the club’s supporters.”

And Alex Lacazette added his frustrations on a night when nothing went right for his team.

He added: "It was a frustrating match because they put us on the back foot at the start of the match. Afterwards, we stopped listening to the coach’s instructions and we didn’t calm things down. I told my teammates that I believe and hope that everyone will believe. I came back on schedule, I worked well and don’t have any pain. I hope to start next Thursday, it’s important.”

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