'Bosz babes' Ajax take cut-price route to Europa League final

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Lyon have a momentous task at hand as they host Ajax on Thursday in the second leg of the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Despite an inspired comeback effort, Lyon fell just short in their quest to reach the UEL final as Ajax were 5-4 winners on aggregate.

Thus, the result was a dramatic one for a Europa League semi-final, Ajax maintained the attacking flow and as their opponent's line between defense and offense was broken, the one goal they conceded was due to their own complacent attitude.

Steffensen also hinted that Dolberg may ignore the interest from England and make a move to Italy instead.

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Much like for the first 25 minutes of last week's encounter, Bruno Genesio's Lyon probed and pressed straight from kick-off, but their sloppy defending allowed the visitors to settle much quicker than they did in Amsterdam.

Ajax coach Peter Bosz: "We want to play our own, high-pressing game".

It was made even more intense when Ajax center back Nick Viergever was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 84th minute for going in roughly on Nabil Fekir as he turned toward goal.

"Over the two legs, we deserve to go through", Bosz - whose side will face Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24 - told RTL. Maxwell Cornet's shot grazed the right post in the 88th as Lyon went agonizingly close to forcing extra time.

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Manchester United and Ajax advanced to the Europa League final on Thursday, bringing together two of the continent's grandest soccer clubs looking to regain their former lustre.

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.

"A chance to play in the final is nice, but finals you play to win", he added.

"We weren't far away from qualifying". Because Lyon believed, it became hard. "We weren't serious enough or good enough defensively in the first leg".

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