Ajax closing in on Champions League final after win at Spurs

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Donny van de Beek

Ajax took control of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham with a 1-0 away victory in the first leg in the semi final of the Champions League. Midfielder Donny van de Beek’s first-half goal was enough to separate the sides on Tuesday evening in what was Tottenham’s first Champions League semi-final appearance.

The current number three in the Premier League, will now have to overturn a one-goal deficit in Amsterdam next week to progress to the final. Ajax defeated Real Madrid and Juventus in the previous two rounds and their young and exciting squad appear well set to progress in the competition.

Ajax started the game strongly and Van de Beek slotted past Hugo Lloris on 15 minutes to give Ajax the lead. The visitors pressed for a second and Tottenham’s prospects were dealt another blow when Jan Vertonghen was forced off, with the defender seemingly suffering from concussion.

The introduction of Moussa Sissoko stemmed the flow and Spurs began to grow in the game without troubling Ajax’s Cameroonian shot-stopper Andre Onana. And it was Erik ten Hag’s side who came closest to scoring after the break, with David Neres hitting the post after another fine Ajax build-up during the second half of the game.

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