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Ajax beat Tottenham in the Champions League Semi-finals

LONDON – Ajax continued their impressive run in the Champions League on Tuesday, beating Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final match in London, Planet Futbol said Wednesday.
Donny van de Beek’s goal for 15 minutes punctuated a brilliant first period for the Netherlands, but Tottenham, outnumbered, resisted Ajax’s best punch and was within range of the shot.
David Neres nearly doubled the lead in the 78th minute, but his shot remained unchanged, allowing the deficit to stay.
None of the clubs were to reach this phase given their recent lack of success in the competition. Tottenham has not reached the semi finals of the European Cup since 1962 and has never been so far in the modern era of the Champions League.
Ajax, meanwhile, reached the semi finals for the last time in 1997, but has yet overturned Real Madrid and Juventus, two long-time competitors, en route to the final.
Tottenham had the limits of his new stadium in his favor for the first leg, but was seriously undermined. Harry Kane was part of a group of injured players unavailable for manager Mauricio Pochettino, while Son Heung-min, which was so vital in Kane’s absence, was suspended due to the accumulation of cards.
Another factor that tipped the scales for Ajax was the postponement of the Eredivisie club match this weekend to help prepare the match, while Tottenham had played three days earlier in the Premier League.
Pochettino turned to Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura to lead his attack, accompanying three old Ajax products in his defense and Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier at the rear wing positions to explain who he had and did not at his disposal.
As expected, the opening phase of the match was rather a time of relaxation. Tottenham, given its unusual structure and opponent, did not try to force the tempo to turn the match into an open match, while Ajax was patient in exploring the best way to dismantle its host.
Ajax’s first chance came in the fifth minute, when Van de Beek forced former Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez to make a mistake, even though he was able to recover on time and avoid problems center in the last third.
Van de Beek struck 10 minutes later to get Ajax on the board. The Dutch midfielder held the offside line perfectly well as he received a defender pass from Hakim Ziyech. He had all day to beat Hugo Lloris at close range, opening the scoring in the 15th minute. The goal then went to the VAR to determine if van de Beek’s foot was behind Trippier, but no decisive point of view showed an offside offense, and the goal was maintained.
This goal only added to Ajax’s confidence in construction. The Dutch were dazzling and took control of the match. Ajax nearly doubled its lead in the 24th minute.
Dusan Tadic put Van de Beek in the net, saving him the shot. If van de Beek had cut a cross to the edge of the penalty area, Neres was waiting to tap into an empty net.
A minute later, Tottenham responded with a free kick. Llorente raised her head to the far post, so as not to miss the free kick.
Already exhausted, Tottenham was frightened after half an hour. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld suffered a head-to-head collision as they attempted an air challenge with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Vertonghen suffered a serious cut in the eye and tended to suffer for several minutes, but after cleaning, he finally stayed in the game. That is, for a few minutes, until Vertonghen himself knows that he is not right to go on and off, completely unable to get by on his own. Moussa Sissoko took his place in the 39th minute.
Tottenham had the chance to equalize just before half-time and nearly took the lead, Alderweireld slumped behind and released for another header on a free kick from Trippier. His luck flew over Onana but also just above the crossbar, landing over the net as the visitors held onto their lead.
The Spurs were getting closer just before the whistle after Llorente’s withdrawal to Sissoko gave the Frenchman a shot at 30 yards. As he was connecting at full power, he moved away from the frame and spun well off half.
Tottenham maintained a positive momentum out of the break, with Alli having three chances to find the equalizer, which has already earned him a save by Onana. Tottenham was released at the 78th minute
(Sahar News)

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