Ajax boss claims "a victory for football" after reaching Europa League final

Ajax boss claims

Ajax boss claims "a victory for football" after reaching Europa League final

And with the final still a fortnight away, the mind games have already started.

The prize, of course, is more than just a nice trophy.

Winning the Europa League offers a direct route to next season's Champions League group stage, which is crucial to United as it is fifth in the English Premier League and unlikely to finish in the top four qualifying places.

Ajax got lucky that Lyon missed many incredible chances while Lyon did not get so lucky. However, he needs help and it will be a team effort.

"Inside my heart is racing", "We needed to play football and we did that".

At that moment, the disaster that struck them was a real test; a test created to see whether the team had the character to stand tall throughout the rest of the game. "Feyenoord" suddenly lost "Ekseltsioru", and before the final round of the Amsterdam club lags behind its rival by only one point. It was 3-1 to us with ten minutes to go and we had 11 against ten.

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The visitors arrived in France with a 4-1 lead and the 19-year-old made looked to have got them in their first European final in 21 years 27 minutes in. The first leg was a disgrace to defenders around the world as there was not structure and no discipline from either side. Another sign of the times, Patrick Kluivert's son, Justin, broke into the first team this season at 17 years of age.

Captain Davy Klaassen said he is "enormously proud" of the team's performance.

The Denmark worldwide has seen his reputation grow this term, finding the net in both legs of the Dutch side's Europa League semi-final win over Lyon to take his tally for the campaign to 22.

The Red Devils played with fear rather than the positivity for which their past teams were renowned, despite coming up against an ordinary enough side with far inferior players on paper. In the first semi-final match in Amsterdam, for Lyon, nothing preceded the woes.

However, Alexandre Lacazette has since scored twice to make it 2-1 to Lyon on the night and 5-3 on aggregate, with some slim hope that they could complete a remarkable turnaround.

It is the first time since 1996 that Ajax have qualified for a final in European competition. Their record against English sides in Europe isn't one to write home about though.

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