Champions League: Spurs missing Sissoko, Son, Kane for Ajax semi-final

09 May, 2019, 03:30 | Author: Isabel Grant
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However, they attempted five shots in the first half-hour of the second half, which was one more than they had in the entire first half.

Donny van de Beek scored the only goal of the game to give the Dutch side the advantage heading into the second leg of the semi-finals.

With forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min unavailable through injury and suspension respectively, Spurs were blunt in attack and they also lacked creativity in midfield as they slumped to their 18th defeat of the season in all competitions.

While a 1-0 defeat leaves Tottenham with it all to do in the second leg, the second half will offer encouragement and advise Pochettino on how best to set up his team in Holland.

That formation would most likely see Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez - all Ajax old boys - line up at the centre of defence with Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier as wing-backs. We help you discover publicly available material and act as a search engine.

The noise of 60,000 fans groaning simultaneously met the players every time they lost possession, all the while becoming increasingly irate with the decisions made by exuberant Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz. "The second half has given us the hope for the second leg", he said.

Prior to kick-off, given the vast riches and all-star squads boasted by many Champions League teams, it seemed scarcely believable that either of these two sides would be competing to reach the final in Madrid on June 1.

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One-nil was how it ended and Ajax's players will be very confident of seeing out the tie at home next week.

"There are always different circumstances, we play in the Eredivisie, we get 10million (euros) (£8.6m) from TV and Tottenham, I don't know how much they get". We won the game.

Spurs were happy to sit deep and wait for their chances to counter-attack, but that gameplan was undone when Hakim Ziyech's through ball picked out midfielder Van de Beek who took his time to leave Hugo Lloris prone before slotting into the bottom corner.

"It is a fight, it is a race, with two games to play".

Ajax are in London aiming to continue a remarkable run in this year's Champions League, one which began way back in July when they had to qualify.

Pochettino conceded he had blundered with his game-plan, but the Tottenham manager was also angry with the lethargic way his players started the club's first European Cup semi-final for 57 years. The Brazilian's left-footed chance beat a flat-footed Lloris, but it bounced off the far post, staying out and keeping the score at 1-0.

Tottenham's starting 11 contained four former Ajax players and it was one of them who nearly levelled for the hosts when Toby Alderweireld's looping header just evaded André Onana's goal.

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