Ajax knock down the leader of France

Neres' goal gave Amsterdam's team peace of mind after Yazici's draw from a penalty. Lille ran into Stekelemburg. The French coach booked players with Ligue 1 in mind.


The feeling on the eve of the match is that Lille wanted to reserve several cards for Ligue 1 (in which they are leading) and in a tie that had very uphill after the defeat in the first leg by 1-2. Galtier left Benjamin André, Jose Fonte or Jonathan David on the bench, indispensable players for the Bulldogs this season and who were not from the game. For his part, Ten Hag recovered Gravenberch, suspended in the first leg, and practically repeated the system and the eleven he won a week ago at Pierre-Mauroy.

Lille was a team radically opposed to the one in the first leg. The Northerners did not delay and came out onto the pitch with excessive intensity. In fact, in minute 3, Lisandro Martínez saved a shot from Xeka that went to the net. However, the details again decided the game, and Ajax took advantage of the first chance they had, after Klaasen finished off a lateral foul on the penalty spot.

After 1-0, the chances continued to be for Lille and Ajax, who pressured with many players in the rival field, suffered enough to contain the speed of Ikoné and Weah into space. The American had a very clear chance in a heads-up with Stekelemburg, but his shot went wide. Football does not understand justice and Lille experienced it first-hand in the first part of today in Amsterdam.

Al Lille again lacked offensive bite. His second half start was identical to that of the opening bars, adding several arrivals from danger, but all with the same outcome. Bamba and Weah tested Stekelemburg, but the veteran goalkeeper caught their respective shots with ease. Galtier entered Araujo and Jonathan David to try to reverse the lack of goal, but Ajax, with the entrance of the young Brobbey, had their best minutes in the game, saving Maignan with a miraculous stop to Klassen the 2-0 of the ajaccied .

Lille's faith remained intact and the Northerners re-entered the tie thanks to a mistake by Lisandro Martínez. The Argentine, a center-back with a midfielder quality and who plays as a center-back, arrived late to a duel with Jonathan David. The referee signaled a penalty after consulting with the VAR and Yazici put the tables on the scoreboard. But Neres' goal in the final stretch ended with a stroke of the pen with the aspirations of Lille.

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