UEFA: Ajax Inches to Finals, Whip Spurs 1-0


Ajax-players after snuffing out defending champion Real-Madrid, Seria A giants Juventus and now Spurs? Devastated Spurs goalie, Lloris says it all for his disappointed team.




Ajax showed their superiority, which had been building since they knocked out defending Champion Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to semi final by dominating Spurs in their own turf, scoring a 15- minute goal through Donny van de Beek.

He had a choice space in penalty area to score opening goal and he took it.

This is Tottenham’s first appearance in Champions League semi-final and they look good to flunk it. Even at home they had it 48 per cent ball possession to Ajax 52.

In the round of 16, Ajax lost at home to Madrid, 2-1 but went on a revenge mission by whipping the defending Champion 4-1 at the Benabeu while in the quarter final with Juventus, they drew 1-1 at home and beat Juve 2-1.

Ajax have kept their first away clean-sheet in a Champions League knockout match for the first time since 17 April 1996, when they beat Panathinaikos 3-0 in the semi-finals.

Spurs failed to score in the Champions League for the first time in 21 matches.

If history rules in football as it does in other spheres of life, then Spurs has to watch it because “the only one of the 17 previous teams to lose the first leg at home in a European Cup/Champions League semi-final tie has progressed into the final – Ajax in 1995-96.”


Hear Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle on BT Sport: “Very, very disappointing. No creativity, no width. It was a very lacklustre performance.

“They didn’t move the ball quick enough. Yes they are missing some key players – Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – but it was still disappointing.”

Tottenham certainly has an uphill task in the return match at Amsterdam. Tomorrow, it would be the turn of Barcelona and Liverpool at Nou Camp.