Europa League: Lyon 3 Ajax 1 (4-5 agg)

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Ten-man Ajax survived a spirited fightback from Lyon on Thursday night to qualify for the Europa League final 5-4 on aggregate.

Ajax, winners of the UEFA Cup in 1992, held a 4-1 lead from the first leg in Amsterdam, and Dolberg’s sixth Europa League goal of the campaign – a subtle dink over Anthony Lopes – furthered their advantage 27 minutes into a thrilling contest.

However Alexander Lacazette then scored a 90-second brace just before half time to put Lyon 2-1 up on the night.

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Ajax substitute Donny van de Beek went agonisingly close to putting the tie to bed in the second half when he rattled the woodwork, before Rachid Ghezzal moved Lyon within a goal of forcing extra time, his header from Maciej Rybus’ looping cross deflecting in off Nick Viergever.

Ajax’s task was made even harder when Nick Viergever was dismissed for a second bookable offence with six minutes remaining but they somehow held on in the face of immense pressure to secure their path to the showpiece final.

Ajax will go on to face Manchester United, who beat Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate, in the Europa League on Wednesday 24 May in Stockholm.

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