Wednesday 8 May 2019

UCL Semi-Finals: Ajax Vs Tottenham Hotspur (2 - 2) Live.. Spurs Just One Goal Away From Champions League Final After Quickfire Double From Moura

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Tottenham make the trip to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash. Mauricio Pochettino's side will look to take inspiration from Liverpool's outstanding second leg display against Barcelona as they look to overturn the one-goal deficit against Dutch side and meet the Reds in the final in Madrid. Spurs were abject in the first-leg defeat in north London but are boosted by the return from suspension of Son Heung-min

Lloris saves Spurs
71 mins: Ajax break through Ziyech down the left. A delightful ball to the back post but Tadic gets in the way of Sinkgraven and it's a corner.
Spurs clear but Ajax come back at them. Lloris palms a cross away to de Ligt who smashes it back goalwards but Lloris gets enough on it to save.
SUB: Dolberg OFF, Sinkgraven ON
Dolberg has done about as well tonight as you'd expect someone who didn't know he was playing until 10 minutes before kick-off.
SUB: Schone OFF, Veltman ON
In amongst all that Ajax made a sub, right after Moura's second goal. It's all Spurs though right now.
Moura shot blocked
65 mins: Up the other end and Lucas Moura nearly has a hat-trick as the ball falls for him in the area but his effort is blocked. Spurs have come to life.
Ziyech curls it wide
64 mins: Let off for Spurs. Ajax have started playing football again, Tadic picks out Ziyech in the area and he curls his left footed effort just wide of the post. This is end-to-end stuff. Any scoreline is possible here.
Spurs need ONE more
63 mins: Spurs have been brilliant since the break, and just like Liverpool last night they have scored two in quick succession before the hour mark. We have half an hour to go and Spurs just need one more! This is incredibly set up now.
Hello. Hello. Here we go!
GOAL! Ajax 2-2 Tottenham (Moura)
Son feeds Trippier on the right, his low cross is met by Llorente but his effort is straight at Onana. He can't fumbles the ball as he goes to claim it and it squirms loose to Lucas Moura who keeps his composure, keeps the ball on his toes and fires the ball into the bottom corner. WOW!
GOAL! Ajax 2-1 Tottenham (Moura)
Danny Rose picks out Lucas Moura, who slips it into Dele Alli and Spurs are suddenly running at the Ajax defence. Dele Alli jinks inside, he's run it a little too far but Lucas Moura is there, takes a touch and slots it into the bottom corner. GAME ON!
54 mins: Tottenham work it well around the edge of the area and Eriksen spots the run of Dele Alli but Onana makes a brilliant reflex save. as he fires a shot towards the near post. Llorente heads the resulting corner over.
Tottenham started well
52 mins: Spurs have started well here, seeing a lot of the ball in the Ajax half. They have a corner as a ball into the box is headed behind by an Ajax man. Eriksen's corner headed away and then Rose fouls Dolberg.
Danny Rose strides forward with purpose but his ball into the box is poor and doesn't beat the first man. Tottenham need to do better in these situations.
Dolberg then takes out Rose in the middle of the pitch for a yellow.
Spurs nearly in
46 mins: Early opportunity for Tottenham with a ball in behind the Ajax defence but De Ligt extends one of his long legs to take it off Dele Alli.
Corner is poor.
And they're off again!
SUB: Wanyama OFF, Llorente ON
Story of the first half
Mr Reliable
Bookies tip Liverpool for glory against Ajax
After their historic comeback last night under the Anfield lights, Liverpool are clear outright t favourites to win the Champions League should they face Ajax - according to bookmaker SportNation.Bet.
In their second final in consecutive years, Jurgen Klopp's side are still 1/2 favourites despite Ajax currently demolishing Spurs in Amsterdam.
The Dutch side are 7/4 outsiders to win their first Champions League since 1995 in Madrid having been distant 40/1 outsiders at the start of the season.
Spurs are 22/1 to qualify for the final needing to score three in the second half without reply to qualify for away goals, while the Dutch side are just 1/22.
Tottenham are 13/10 to score the next goal while Ajax are 11/8 to net first after half time to well and truly put the tie to bed. 

HALF TIME: Ajax 2-0 Tottenham
The referee puts Spurs out of their misery. Ajax are rollicking towards the Champions League final.
Just too good
Clinical Ajax
GOAL! Ajax 2-0 Tottenham (Ziyech)
36 mins: That is liquid football.
Dusan Tadic beats Kieran Trippier to a 50-50 and plays the ball in behind him. He's then fed down the left, enters the area, pulls it back to Ziyech on the edge of the box who unleashes a pearler of a curling effort into the top corner. What a goal.
Action shots
Tadic shoots just wide
30 mins: Dusan Tadic runs rings round Toby Alderweireld down the left after Victor Wanyama was outmuscled by van de Beek in the middle.
Tadic enters the area, ghosts past the defender but his effort on the left foot is just wide.
Spurs imposing themselves
28 mins: Tottenham getting a lot of joy by just running directly at this Ajax side. They've retreated back towards their own goal and Dele Alli is the latest to slalom his way through. Spurs force a corner.
Kieran Trippier looks to be struggling with a groin injury.
Lucas Moura meets the cleared corner on the edge of the box but spanners a volley well wide.
Son and Eriksen shots saved
23 mins: Spurs make inroads down the left. Danny Rose marauds up field and is fouled, but advantage is played as Dele Alli picks up the ball and threads a delightful pass into the path of Son in behind the defence. His shot is a little tame and well saved by Onana.
Spurs go back a minute later and Lucas Moura bulldozes his way into the area, finds Christian Eriksen but his shot is straight at the keeper. Better now from Spurs.
Face mask for Jan
Young diamonds
Blood pumping
16 mins: Tottenham may be behind but it's been a much better start than they managed in the first leg a week ago. The presence of Son helps to give them something to aim for, but they just look a bit more purposeful and composed.
Moussa Sissoko clatters Nicolas Tagliafico and gets a yellow card.
The run, the leap, the power
Question marks, surely, over the extent of Kieran Trippier's marking here.
Slow coaches
Alli offside
10 mins: Good signs going forward for Tottenham. Dele Alli with two chances but he's denied by Frenkie De Jong and then is offside as Christian Eriksen picks him out.
Looks like Alli will be tasked with getting up to support Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min tonight, which is exactly what they need.
Striking early
Son hits the post!
7 mins: Son Heung-min races down the left to the byline. Onana anticipates the cross but Son goes for goal and his cheeky effort crashes off the post. It bounces just too far away from Eriksen and Ajax clear. That was mighty close to an immediate response.
GOAL! Ajax 1-0 Tottenham (De Ligt)
5 mins: And from the resulting corner Matthijs de Ligt heads the ball into the bottom corner, rising above Dele Alli to power home. What a header.
VAR check proceeds with a Spurs body on the deck as the ball came in, but the goal stands! Nightmare start for Spurs.
Tadic shot saved
4 mins: Ajax seeing a lot of the ball in the early stages here, as you would expect. Spurs just need to ride the early wave and make it count when they do see the ball through the likes of Eriksen and Dele.
Ball bouncing around the area and de Beek's effort is blocked.
BIG SAVE! Dusan Tadic in space on the left, attacks the box and his shot is palmed away by Lloris.
And they're off!
Players on the pitch
And now it really is raucous out there.
Huge blow for Ajax
Very late breaking news on the eve of kick-off here.
Amsterdam is ablaze
The Johan Cruyff Arena is absolutely bouncing. The fans are chanting, music is blaring out. Ajax are 90 minutes away from a first Champions League final in 23 years.
Tottenham's players are in the tunnel and they know what they need to do to upset these young starlets.
Legend in the house
Wesley Sneijder is pitchside tonight.
The warm ups
Kick-off is now just over 20 minutes away...
Inside the away dressing room
'I won’t prepare a speech. I will speak from the heart and tell them what I feel in the last minute.
'It’s an exciting moment for us to be in a semi-final. We need to enjoy it and have more freedom to play and to start the game the way we want to start.
'Ajax were very good for half an hour. They have a very good team, very good players and a very good coach. They deserve the full credit to be here and that is why they are here, because they are a very good team.
'To arrive in the semi-final of this competition, the toughest competition in the world, is because you are good. We have nothing to lose from the beginning. We know we need to win.'

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