Ajax squeeze past Lyon to meet United in final

Ajax Amsterdam survived some late scares in Thursday's Europa League semi-final to advance 5-4 on aggregate against a spirited Olympique Lyonnais.

  • Lyon 3 Ajax Amsterdam 1 (Ajax win 5-4 on aggregate)
  • Dolberg opens the scoring with a chip
  • Lacazette levels from the spot
  • He grabs his brace soon after
  • Ghezzal gets the third but it's not enough

Match summary

Ajax got off to a good start when Kasper Dolberg finished smartly from Amin Younes' superb pass. Lyon rallied and grabbed two goals before the break from Alexandre Lacazette.

Rachid Ghezzal's late goal then set up a big finish which nearly came when Maxwel Cornet fired inches wide in the game's closing moments.

Match report

Ajax got off to a good start and nearly added to their aggregate lead when Hakim Ziyech set up Amin Younes, who saw his lob over Anthony Lopes land on the roof of the net.

The Dutch side did go ahead in the 27th minute when a superb through ball by Younes picked out Kasper Dolberg, who finished with a pinpoint chip.

Lyon were offering very little and seemed deflated by the opener, but found two quick goals before the break. For the first in the 45th minute, Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the box and he converted the penalty.

A minute later the prolific striker grabbed his second with a tap in from Nabil Fekir's low cross. After the break there were few chances although Lacazette nearly set up Maciej Rybus, but keeper Andre Onana did well to block his effort in the 58th minute.

Donny van de Beek then went close to making it safe when he fired in a powerful strike that hit the post in the 81st minute. However, moments later Lyon grabbed another goal when substitute Rachid Ghezzal headed home from a deflection off Nick Viergever.

The defender then saw red moments later for a second yellow card as the home team chased a goal which would make it an incredible 5-5 on aggregate. In the 88th minute Maxwel Cornet so nearly grabbed the leveller but saw his shot roll agonisingly wide of the far post with Onana beaten.