UCL Semifinal: Ajax draw first blood with the away win

UCL Semifinal: Ajax draw first blood with the away win

Dutch giants, Ajax Amsterdam, have one foot in the final of the UEFA Champions League, UCL, after a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

Donny Van de Beek was the hero as he scored the decisive goal in the first half to hand Ajax the advantage ahead of the second leg next week.

The visitors dominated the opening half of the match, pegging their hosts, Tottenham, back in their own half before deservedly taking the lead following a beautiful move on the quarter mark.

Spurs, who were without star forwards, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, improved in the second half after Moussa Sissoko replaced Jan Vertonghen, who was forced out due to a head injury.

But despite their seeming resurgence, Spurs failed to create any real opportunities with Ajax coming close to a second through David Neres, whose effort came off the post towards the end.

Ajax held on for a deserved win, and take the advantage to the second leg at home next week while leaving Mauricio Pochettino and his men will all to do.

With the result, Ajax remain unbeaten away from home this season in Europe, and have now won their last four on the road.

For Spurs, a third defeat at home in the UCL leaves them on the brink.

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