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Ratings: Pogba and Mkhitaryan win it for United, Fellaini played a part

Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 and lifted the UEFA Europa League at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday evening, earning a place in the UEFA Champions League next season. Paul Pogba took the lead for United with a decent shot, which was deflected and beat the keeper. It doesn’t matter how the goal was scored, the fact it was a goal was enough. Ajax had a lot of the ball throughout the match, not doing enough with it. United were in control of the game, even without Michael Carrick on the pitch. Many had suggested that the Dutch side were going to teach United a lesson this evening – I am not sure what that was.

United went into the break 1-0 up and from the start of the second half, they created chances and doubled down through Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Chris Smalling nodded the ball to him inside the six-yard box. That was enough for United, with much of the second half left to play, they had their name on the trophy. Jesse Lingard was United’s first substitute, replacing Mkhitaryan in the 74th minute of the match. Ten minutes later, Anthony Martial replaced Marcus Rashford and in the last minute of the match, the captain Wayne Rooney replaced Juan Mata with Antonio Valencia, the captain for the evening, giving Rooney the armband for the remainder of the match.

Manchester United have completed their major trophy haul, now winning every trophy they could win, which will annoy their rivals as yet again, United lead the way in terms of success, something which many seem to value when it is there for the short-term, with United looking to establish long-term success once again. Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, that is where United could be after he managed to guide them to three trophies this season; the FA Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Goals: Paul Pogba 18′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 48′

Assists: Marouane Fellaini 18′, Chris Smalling 48′

Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini; Mata (Rooney 90′), Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Lingard 74′); Rashford (Martial 84′)

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Jones, Fosu-Mensah; Carrick

Bookings: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 31′, Marouane Fellaini 52′, Juan Mata 78′

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

Put in a decent performance, paying back the manager for the faith shown in him in this competition this season. Saved a Bertrand Traore effort, which was the only threat throughout the match.

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25 Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian played efficiently on the right flank, which makes United much better when he's playing. Put in a good effort in the first half on goal, forcing Onana to make a tough save, which much have hurt the speed he welted the ball.

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Chris Smalling

The England defender put in a good performance in what could be a transitional summer for him, seemingly playing his last competitive match for the club, if the papers are to be believed. There seemed to be a lack of communication which annoyed Pogba, but ended with United getting what they and Manchester wanted.

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17 Daley Blind

Played a good game against his former club. Defended well and never took his eye off the game, which may suggest his future could lie at the Old Trafford club. Stood up to Pogba for his teammate and defensive partner, Smalling.

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Matteo Darmian

The Italian played a great part in defence for United, despite early criticism from the manager. Mourinho did not have to give him orders again, showing his ability under pressure, not that Ajax caused all that much.

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21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder had a good game, doing what he needed to do, but not for the plaudits. He sparked the attack at the start of the second half, with United doubling their lead through Mkhitaryan. Future captain for the club? Big changes could be coming.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Despite not being a fans favourite, Fellaini did what he needed to do against Ajax. His height was an advantage, as was Smalling's. The Belgian was better on the ground, playing a part in Pogba's opening goal and nearly getting one himself with a header.

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8 Juan Mata

It was not the best performance for Mata this evening, but he played his part and did not make mistakes, which is all you can ask for. His footballing intelligence was a good thing for the game, but as far as offering much, the likes of Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Rashford offered much more.

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6 Paul Pogba

This performance from the Frenchman will have shown up his critics, who have been on his case all season. If they are still crowing about how much of a let down he has been, football is not a game they understand. Pogba has had a tough few weeks, which will be somewhat satisfied by the victory in Sweden this evening. Next season will be Paul Pogba's season, he'll silence even more ABU's.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Played a good game, but struggled at times in the wide areas. Scored his eleventh goal of the season, the winner if you will, not that Ajax responded at all during the game. Not the best of seasons for the Armenian, but he's solidified his foundations at the club, on to the next one.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The Mancunian striker was careless in possession at times, but threatened his opposition, which helped when creating other chances. He may not have scord this evening, but he played his part in his first European final, which hopefully more to come.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Had the chance of a one-on-one with the keeper, but ran out of energy on the run.

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9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Rashford. The Frenchman had little of the ball, but to be fair to him, the job was done before he entered the pitch.

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Ratings: Pogba and Mkhitaryan win it for United, Fellaini played a part

Replaced Mata. Came on in the last minute of the match, taking the captain's armband. Did not really get involved in the match much, but seemed to get a good end to the season, which could well be his last at United.

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Report: Manchester United win the Europa League for Manchester!

Manchester United won the UEFA Europa League beating Ajax 2-0 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday evening. The only major European trophy the club have never won in the history. Paul Pogba scored the opening goal, putting United 1-0 up in the 18th minute of the match. United doubled down in the 48th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, earning their name on the trophy. Ajax were touted as the better team, but despite having the majority of the ball in Stockholm, they did little with it. United won a Mickey Mouse treble this season; the FA Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League. Take me Holm!

Jose Mourinho restored his first team after Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, keeping the faith in Sergio Romero. Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford also returned to the starting XI with Paul Pogba the only player to start both this UEFA Europa League final and the last match. United have made it 79 consecutive seasons of having at least one youth player in their matchday squad with Pogba and Rashford starting and Fosu-Mensah and Lingard on the bench. After the minute’s silence after Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, the fans were in full voice, spurring the team in their bid for glory.

Paul Pogba could have played a big part in the opening minute with his volley going wide of the mark which also saw Andre Onana and Joel Veltman collided in the box as Pogba tried to put his team ahead. United had a lot of the ball in the opening eight minutes of the match, getting forward a lot and pressuring Ajax to play deep, which recently has been the other way around. Ajax had their first bit of real pressure in the thirteenth minute with Davy Klaassen waiting in the United box, but United dispossessed the Dutch side, making the clearance. Amin Younes played the ball for Bertrand Traore, who had a shot on goal for the Dutch side with Sergio Romero thwarting the effort and catching the ball, regaining possession for United.

Paul Pogba opened up the scoring in the 18th minute of the match after a poor Ajax throw-in was intercepted by Juan Mata who passed to Marouane Fellaini who set up the Frenchman, who apparently was having a poor season, despite being the main man on the pitch for United, not to mention the fact that when he wasn’t playing, United missed him. 1-0 to United on their quest to a European title. United seemed to be boosted by that opening goal. In the 24th minute, Antonio Valencia had the ball on the right flank, beating his man, getting into the box and firing a powerful effort towards the goal with Onana putting a top to it, luckily for him. In the 31st minute of the match, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was booked for a challenge on Veltman.

Ajax had a spell of pressure on United around the 33rd minute of the match, having their most credible created chance of the game, which was thwarted by United. Ajax were starting to awaken towards the end of the first half, but United were never out of control. Pogba, Ander Herrera and Fellaini were doing enough in the midfield to stop Ajax from advancing and turn the tide on them. Traore got through on goal for United with Matteo Darmian defending well, then fouled in the box by the on-loan Chelsea player, with United being awarded the free-kick. There was one minute of additional time played at the end of the first half. Ajax may have had more of the ball in the first half, but it was United who were on top at the break.

No changes at the start of the second half for either team. United picked up where they left off, getting forward and threatening the Dutch side. United had the perfect start to the second half, doubling the lead from a corner with Smalling nodding the ball into the six-yard box and Mkhitaryan hooking the ball into the roof of the net. United fans were saying we should not underestimate this Ajax side, it would seem they were overestimating them. Another goal for United should be game over, providing they keep playing like they have been for the remainder of the match. United were playing well this evening, which is a surprise after the season they have had, but when you account for the fact the season is over after tonight, it might suggest where this has come from.

In the 65th minute of the match, United pressured the Dutch side again. The cross came in for Fellaini, who was in the box, god the header on goal which went straight into Onana’s hands. Unlucky for the Belgian. United seemed determined to keep both hands on the trophy which could be their fifth European trophy in the history of the club, and more importantly, a place in the Champions League. Ajax won a free-kick on the edge of United’s box for a handball by Mkhitaryan, which was ball to hand and harsh for United. Hakim Ziyech took the free-kick, hitting his own player in the box and United clearing the danger. Jesse Lingard replaced Mkhitaryan in the 74th minute of the match, United’s first change of the night so far.

United were still on top inside the last ten minutes of the game with Ajax not really getting a look into the game. They still had a lot of the ball, but just were not doing anything with it. United’s height seemed to thwart the majority of attacks. United made their second change of the evening in the 84th minute with Anthony Martial replacing Rashford. Just after the change, Lingard was on the run, but ran out of pace, getting dispossessed just inside the box getting nothing from his attack. United were still two goals to the good. In the last minute of the match, Wayne Rooney made his 559th appearance for United, replacing Mata. Four minutes of added time at the end of the half, with United just having to see it through to get their hands on the only major trophy they have never won before. Manchester United have won the UEFA Europa League and a place in the Champions League next season, eat that, Arsenal.

Goals: Paul Pogba 18′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 48′

Assists: Marouane Fellaini 18′, Chris Smalling 48′

Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini; Mata (Rooney 90′), Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Lingard 74′); Rashford (Martial 84′)

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Jones, Fosu-Mensah; Carrick

Bookings: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 31′, Marouane Fellaini 52′, Juan Mata 78′

Confirmed XI: Manchester United ready for their biggest night of the season…

Manchester United and Ajax will go head to head for the UEFA Europa League at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden this evening in the biggest match of the season for both clubs. United are grieving after the terrorist attack in the city on Monday, which seems to have given the match a solemn atmosphere to it. United will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence ahead of the match in respect for the victims of the attack at the Manchester Arena. United have fallen short of UEFA Champions League qualification in the Premier League this season, finishing sixth, the first time they have done so in the Premier League era. Jose Mourinho’s side will need to rise to the challenge of the young Ajax side, who seem to attack with flair and pace but have a defensive and discipline weakness. United will miss the defensive surety of Eric Bailly (suspended) and Marcos Rojo (injured) and the passion, ability, and presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (injured). Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will also miss the match through injury.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian;

Herrera, Fellaini;

Mata, Pogba, Mkhitaryan;

Rashford

Substitutes:

De Gea; Jones, Fosu-Mensah; Martial, Lingard, Carrick; Rooney

Ajax:

Onana;

Veltman, Sanchez, de Ligt, Riedewald;

Klaassen, Schone, Ziyech;

Traore, Dolberg, Younes

Substitutes:

Boer; Tete, Westermann; De Jong, van de Beek, Campos; Kluivert

Manchester United and Ajax have met four times in the history of both clubs, both in the same competition or at least for the same trophy. United faced the Dutch side in the UEFA Cup back in 1976, losing 1-0 away on the 15th September 1976, winning 2-0 in the home leg a fortnight later. Sammy McIlroy and Lou Macari were the players to put United through to the next round of the UEFA Cup that season. United then met Ajax 36 years later in the UEFA Europa League, after United were ejected from the Champions League group stages under Sir Alex Ferguson. United beat Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena on the 16th February 2012 2-0 with Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez scoring the goals. At Old Trafford a week later, United were defeated 2-1 with Hernandez scoring the only goal for United, with the Red Devils winning 3-2 on aggregate. This will be the fifth competitive meeting between the two sides.

Preview: Jose Mourinho to guide United to glory in Stockholm, for Manchester

Ajax -v- Manchester United

Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

UEFA Europa League Final 2016/17

Wednesday 24th May 2017; KO 19:45 BST

Live on BT Sports 1HD

The end of the season is here for Manchester United and this is the biggest match post-Sir Alex Ferguson; the UEFA Europa League final against Dutch side Ajax. United finished sixth in the Premier League this season, meaning they have only qualified for the Europa League, through winning the EFL Cup. To earn a UEFA Champions League place, United will need to lift the cup in Sweden on Wednesday. United have been unlucky with injury this season, losing both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo with serious knee injuries against Anderlecht at Old Trafford in the quarter-final stage of the competition, which was a big loss, but United seem to have done well, this far at least, without the pair. The excitement which was gathering from this match have been snuffed out of my today after the horrific terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening which has claimed the lives of at least 22 people, some of which are children. There are still people missing and 59 others in hospital which puts things into perspective. This is life and football is merely a game, no disrespect to anyone, but this hits home.

Jose Mourinho declined to have his pre-match press conference on Tuesday evening on Sweden with UEFA allowing that. Instead, the manager gave a brief statement of the feeling and the mentality within his team as they headed off to the Swedish capital for their clash with Ajax on Wednesday night. Mourinho said:

“We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.

“We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.

“I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.”

Manchester United will mourn the victims of the terrorist atrocity in their city, which will give them the hunger in their bellies to go out and do the business on Wednesday evening, bringing that trophy back to the city of Manchester, dedicating it to the city. Football is great, but life is more important. United will have a reason to get the job done, something to work for, an aim to meet. Bring that trophy home, boys!

Both Ajax and United have tough roads to the UEFA Europa League final, you can read more about them by clicking on the links (on each team name). Each team has been scouted ahead of the final with many questions answered, you can read them here; United; Ajax. We have also talked about United’s participation in other European finals, most recently not all that good for United, but you can go back in time by reading the article here. You can also read our other pre-match articles; Key Battles, Four Players to Watch and the Starting XI Prediction.

Match Officials:

Damir Skomina will official the UEFA Europa League final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday evening. The assistant referees have been named as Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, whilst the additional assistant referees will be Matej Jug and Slavko Vinčić. The fourth official has been named as Gianluca Rocchi.

Who are the top scorers at both Manchester United and Ajax this season?

Manchester United: 28 – Zlatan Ibrahimović, 12 – Marcus Rashford, 10 – Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 8 – Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, 5 – Jesse Lingard, 4 – Marouane Fellaini, 2 – Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, 1 – Daley Blind, Own Goal, Josh Harrop, Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Antonio Valencia

Ajax: 23 – Kasper Dolberg, 20 – Davy Klaassen, 13 – Bertrand Traore, 9 – Hakim Ziyech, 7 – Amin Younes, 6 – Davinson Sanchez, Lasse Schone, 4 – Nick Viergever, 3 – David Neres, 2 – Nemanja Gudelj, Justin Kluivert, 2 – Matthijs de Ligt, 1 – Mateo Casierra, Frenkie de Jong, Daley Sinkgraven

Team News:

Manchester United will be without a quartet of players with Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw all on the sidelines. Jose Mourinho recently confirmed that all players will travel to Sweden for the match, even the ones on crutches. Zlatan recently posted a video of him in a swimming pool in a United training kit, suggesting he was ready for the final, which many misinterpreted as he would play. It would be highly unlikely, but imagine if it happened, not that it will. Other than this, United have a pretty strong side which have travelled out to Sweden for the final. Eric Bailly, who was sent off in the semi-final second leg, will miss the final, and he will be a big loss for United, who will be frail at the back without him. Ajax have a fully fit squad for the final

Previous Meetings: Four previous competitive matches; two wins and two defeats; United progressed both ties on aggregate

Manchester United and Ajax have met four times in the history of both clubs, both in the same competition or at least for the same trophy. United faced the Dutch side in the UEFA Cup back in 1976, losing 1-0 away on the 15th September 1976, winning 2-0 in the home leg a fortnight later. Sammy McIlroy and Lou Macari were the players to put United through to the next round of the UEFA Cup that season. United then met Ajax 36 years later in the UEFA Europa League, after United were ejected from the Champions League group stages under Sir Alex Ferguson. United beat Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena on the 16th February 2012 2-0 with Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez scoring the goals. At Old Trafford a week later, United were defeated 2-1 with Hernandez scoring the only goal for United, with the Red Devils winning 3-2 on aggregate. This will be the fifth competitive meeting between the two sides.

Starting XI Prediction: Who is going to start against Ajax?

Predicted Score:

Ajax 1-2 Manchester United

The road to the UEFA Europa League final: Ajax

On Wednesday 24th May 2017 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Ajax and Manchester United will go head to head to contest the UEFA Europa League trophy. Both teams have come a long way in the competition this season, doing what they needed to do in order to reach the final. It will be a contest between two great sides with an immense history of developing youth, winning titles, in both domestic and European competition. It will be a match where both Jose Mourinho and Peter Bosz will want to win, as will the players in both teams. It will be a match which could cost United massively as a place in the UEFA Champions League is needed to keep sponsorship revenue from adidas at they levels they currently stand at. Ajax have already reached the third qualifying round of the elite European competition next season, so losing the match will not be so costly to them, other than not lifting the trophy at the end of the match. This is a match both sets of supporters have been waiting around a fortnight for. This is how Ajax got to the final of the UEFA Europa League this season.

UEFA Champions League qualifying

Ajax started the season in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League where they were drawn against PAOK. The first leg on the 26th July 2016 in Amsterdam was a 1-1 draw between the two sides with Djalma Campos opening the scoring in the 27th minute of the match and Kasper Dolberg equalising for Ajax in the 58th minute of the match. The second leg was played o the 3rd August 2016 in Salonika, Greece with Ajax winning 2-1. PAOK had scored in the fourth minute through Stefanos Athanasiadis with Davy Klaassen scoring a brace; a 45+1 minute penalty and a winner in the 88th minute of the match. This put Ajax through 3-2 on aggregate into the play-off round of qualifying. Ajax were drawn against FC Rostov, a team United beat on their way to the final. In Amsterdam, it was a 1-1 draw again with Christian Noboa scoring the opening goal in the 13th minute of the match, with Klaassen equalising, through a penalty, in the 38th minute of the match. The second leg played in Rostov-on-Don, Russia saw Ajax defeated 4-1 and Klaassen scoring the Dutch side’s only goal and being eliminated from the elite European competition.

UEFA Europa League Group Stage

Ajax were drawn in their group with Spanish side Celta Vigo (a team United also knocked out on their way to the final), Belgian side Standard Liège and Greek side Panathinaikos. Ajax won the group with Celta Vigo coming second, both advancing to the knockout round of 32 in the competition. Ajax’s first match was away against Panathinaikos, winning 2-1 with goals from Bertrand Traoré and Jaïro Riedewald securing the victory but the match also saw Hakim Ziyech earn a second yellow card which saw him sent off, missing the next match. The second group stage match was played in Amsterdam, a 1-0 victory over Standard Liège which saw the only goal of the game being scored by Dolberg. Ajax had a good start in the tournament earning six points from their first two matches. The third match which was played in Balaídos against Celta Vigo would be a shock for the team looking to blitz their group, earning a 2-2 draw with Ajax taking the lead twice through Ziyech 22′ and Amin Younes 71′. The Spanish side equalised on the 29th and 82nd minutes, meaning Ajax only achieved a point from this match.

The fourth match in the group was the reverse fixture of the third match, played in Amsterdam. Ajax won 3-2 with goals from Dolberg 41′ Ziyech 67′ and Younes 71′. Celta Vigo scored twice in the last eleven minutes of the match through John Guidetti (79′) and Iago Aspas (86′) but it was not enough to get anything from the match. After playing four times, Ajax has won three and drawn once meaning they had 10 points in the group and were sure to make the knockout stages. The fifth match, again played in Amsterdam, was against Panathinaikos and was a 2-0 victory for the home side. Lasse Shöne and Kenny Tete scored the goals in that match, putting Ajax in an even greater position in the group with one match to go. Played in Liége, Belgium, Ajax only managed a 1-1 draw with Standard Liége with Anwar El Ghazi opening the scoring in the 27th minute. The home side, needing a victory (by two goals or more) to reach the knockout stages, equalised through Benito Raman in the 85th minute of the match, but could not do enough to get a victory. Ajax made the round of 32.

UEFA Europa League – Round of 32

The Dutch side were drawn against Polish side Legia Warsaw with the first leg being played away from home. It was a 0-0 draw which saw Tete earn a second yellow card, therefore missing the home leg of the tie. Ajax failed to get an away goal, which could have been costly to their chances of making it to the next round of the tournament. A week later in Amsterdam, Ajax won 1-0 with  Nick Viergever scoring the only goal of the match in the 49th minute. Ajax had done all they needed to do, scoring the only goal of both legs and earning a round of 16 place in the tournament.

UEFA Europa League – Round of 16

After beating the Polish side, Ajax were drawn against Danish side Copenhagen, the first leg being played in Denmark. Ajax were defeated 2-1 with Dolberg equalising in the 32nd minute after Rasmus Falk opened the scoring in the first minute of the match. Andreas Cornelius won the game for his side in the 60th minute of the match, giving them a good chance or earning a quarter-final place. Ajax did get an away goal, which gave them a chance in the second leg. In Amsterdam, Ajax won 2-0 (3-2 on aggregate) with a 23rd-minute opening goal from Traoré and a 45+2 minute penalty from Dolberg, seeing the Dutch side into the quarter-finals of the Europa league.

UEFA Europa League – Quarter-finals

German side Schalke 04 were the side Ajax needed to better to reach the semi-finals. The first leg was played in Amsterdam with Ajax winning 2-0 with both goals scored by Klaassen; a 23rd-minute penalty and 52nd-minute doubler. That was all Ajax needed to put one foot into the semi-finals. The reverse leg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany was a different affair with Schalke looking to spoil Ajax’s pass through to the semi-final with a 2-0 victory after 90 minutes; a 2-2 draw on aggregate. Leon Goretzka opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with Guido Burgstaller doubling the lead three minutes later. Joël Veltman earned a second yellow card and was sent off in the 80th minute of the match. The match went into extra time and Schalke scored a third in the 101st minute through Daniel Caliguiri, but that was where Ajax got themselves back into the game with an exit on the cards. Viergever got one back for the Dutch side in the 111th minute, level on aggregate (3-3) and winning on away goals. Younes scored dead on the 120th-minute meaning Ajax has lost 3-2 on the evening, winning 4-3 on aggregate and advancing to the semi-finals.

UEFA Europa League – Semi-finals

Ajax were drawn against French side Lyon with the first leg played in Amsterdam with Ajax running riot winning 4-1. Traoré scored a brace (25′ and 71′) with Dolberg (34′) and Younes (49′) completing the scoring for the Dutch side. Lyon got one back at 3-0 down through Mathieu Valbuena in the 66th minute, but it was not enough to get anything from the game, other than an away goal, of course. The second leg, played in France was similar to the last round, showing Ajax’s frailty. Ajax opened the scoring through Dolberg but Lyon scored twice through Alexandre Lacazette with a 45th-minute penalty and a 45+1′ doubler. Lyon went 3-1 up (4-5 aggregate) in the 81st minute through Rachid Ghezzal, needing another to take it to extra time, falling short of the mark. Viergever earned a second yellow card in the 84th minute and was sent off, meaning he will miss the final against Manchester United.

History

Ajax are a very successful team, both domestic and European. The side have won the Eredivisie 33 times in their history, the last in 2014, also lifting the KNVB Cup 18 times, the last in 2010. In addition to their domestic success, Ajax have done very well in Europe. The European Cup has been lifted by the club four times; 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995. They also appeared in two other finals; 1969 and 1996 – losing both matches. Ajax won the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup in 1987, also reaching the final in 1988 – losing that also. The Dutch side won the UEFA Cup (now the Europa league) in 1992, also winning the UEFA Super Cup twice; 1973 and 1995, also reaching the final in 1987 and losing. Ajax lifted the EUSA Cup (European/South American Cup) twice in 1972 and 1995. Ten major European trophies and 51 domestic trophies mean that Ajax are no stranger to success and looking for another trophy to add to their incredible haul.

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