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Ajax withstands Lyon comeback to reach Europa League final

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They let Alexandre Lacazette get two goals in two minutes right before halftime, and the game was on.

But for all their dominance, Lyon could not make the numerical advantage count - Lacazette and Maxwel Cornet both going close as Ajax stood firm to claim a place in a European final for the first time since 1996. It will take on Manchester United in the final on May 24.

"This is a super feeling". "I'm glad it became United" Bosz said.

"A final play is nice, but finals you play to win", he added. The goal came from an André Onana kick out, with the Lyon defence at sixes and sevens as the impressive Kasper Dolberg exchanged passes with Amin Younes before running through and lifting a cool finish over Anthony Lopes.

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek curled a shot against the angle of crossbar and post, which would have finally killed off the hosts, and they were left to face a frantic last 10 minutes when Ghezzal's header deflected in off Viergever, who moments later was sent off for a second bookable offence.

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And Bosz acknowledged that his side rode their luck in the contest.

"Above all, we are disappointed with the way the first leg went".

Lacazette was brought down in the area just before the break and he converted the resulting penalty to give Lyon a lifeline in the 45th minute.

Lyon would have a massive task on their hands replacing Lacazette, but the club's president Jean-Michel Aulas believes that 19-year-old Dolberg could step into his shoes. Also these three games of the Premier League, we go to London to Tottenham this weekend, away against Southampton and then at home on the last game of the season in front of our fans and we want to win every game to be ready for the final. "But it is done and it is very special".

Both sides squeezed through to the final with United defeating Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate while Ajax defeated Lyon 5-4 on aggregate. We need to be strong as a group to qualify. Three minutes later Lyon scored again, a lovely move ending with Maciej Rybus crossing for his fellow substitute Rachid Ghezzal to head in with the aid of a deflection off Nick Viergever.

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