Amsterdam's Ajax have been in contention for their first Champions League final since 1996. Erik ten Hag's team defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the first round of the semi-finals. On return in a week, Ajax is enough for progress.
An early goal from Donny van de Beek laid the foundations for Ajax to remain undefeated in the ninth game outside the current Champions League campaign. The 22-year-old midfielder, who had already scored in the 2-1 quarter-finals with Juventus, scored after a quarter of an hour and a dream pass from Hakim Ziyech to 1-0. It was the 161st goal of the leader this season.
The tour was the well-deserved result of an excellent beginning of the guests. Ajax played in the first 25 minutes, with the victorious players in the last sixteen years of the Madrid Bernabeu and the quarterfinals of Turin to conquer and surprise the world of football. The guests immediately began to squeeze when the ball was lost, gaining more possession and controlling the game.
The victory goal of Van de Beek (Source: Teleclub)
The young team of Erik ten Hag also set a course of play. The combination of the dreams in the 24th minute lost the last crossing and, therefore, the final conclusion. Van de Beek put the ball in over to Hugo Lloris, who was completely unmarked in front of the goal. In the 78th minute, the Brazilian came closer to a goal. In one of the few successful counter-spikes, the ball is placed on the inner pole. 2: 0 could have decided the duel of the last two remaining in the competition geek possibly early.
That acclaimed generation of Ajax can also defend very well, they proved in the second half. As the host stepped up the pace and with the help of more than 60,000 spectators in the newly opened arena pressed for balance, he faced Ajax fiercely. Tottenham did not gain clear chances, the greatest danger came from standard situations.
Tottenham had no strength
The Argentine team's Mauricio Pochettino could not hide in the 54th game of the season the wear and tear of an intense campaign of the Premier League and the Champions League. Pochettino repeatedly complained about the lack of breadth in his team, the failures of the two best scorers, Son Heung-min (suspended) and Harry Kane (injured) in the most important game of the season, were remarkable; they could not be replaced by Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura.
Only after Jan Vertonghen's injury substitution in the 39th minute and the move to a rear four defense, the Spurs were a little better in the game. Toby Alderweireld headed a free flank over the gate at injury time in the first half. Shortly after the break, Dele Alli came three times to the finish, but Ajax goalkeeper André Onana was not seriously tested.
Ajax passes a good part to the win
Tottenham celebrated one of their club's biggest successes in their quarter-final first leg against Manchester City in a spectacular 3 to 4 defeat but disillusioned in north London. Their second home defeat in this campaign, after a 2-4 victory over FC Barcelona, was well deserved. The hopes of the return match are from the South Korean son, who scored four of Spurs' eight goals in the knockout round.
Tottenham Hotspur – Ajax Amsterdam 0: 1 (0: 1)
62,000 spectators. – SR Lahoz (ESP).
gate: 15. Van de Beek (Ziyech) 0: 1.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen (39 Sissoko); Trippier (80th Foyth), Eriksen, Wanyama, Rose (79th Davies); Alli, Llorente, Lucas Moura.
Ajax Amsterdam: Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Cego, Tagliafico; Van de Beek, Bela (65th Mazraoui), De Jong; Ziyech (87th Huntelaar), Tadic, Neres.
Comments: Tottenham without Kane (injured) and Son (suspended). 39. Vertonghen injured eliminated. 78 post shooting Neres.
warnings: Tagliafico (fault), 63rd Veltan (fault)
(TBE / SDA)