Fearless Ajax leave Tottenham's Champions League hopes hanging by a thread


The Premier League club are up against it.

Ajax took control of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham with a 1-0 away victory in the first leg. Donny van de Beek’s first-half goal was enough to separate the sides on Tuesday evening in what was Tottenham’s first Champions League semi-final appearance. Spurs, currently third in the Premier League, will now have to overturn a one-goal deficit in Amsterdam next week to progress to the final. Ajax defeated Real Madrid and Juventus in the previous two rounds and their young and exciting squad appear well set to progress in the competition.

The Dutch side started strongly and Van de Beek slotted past Hugo Lloris on 15 minutes to give Ajax the lead. The visitors pressed for a second and Tottenham’s prospects were dealt another blow when Jan Vertonghen was forced off, with the defender seemingly suffering from concussion. The introduction of Moussa Sissoko stemmed the flow and Spurs began to grow in the game without troubling Ajax’s Cameroonian shot-stopper Andre Onana. And it was Erik ten Hag’s side who came closest to scoring after the break, with David Neres hitting the post after another fine Ajax build-up. Ajax have already knocked Real Madrid and Juventus out

Ajax have already knocked Real Madrid and Juventus out

Tottenham produced a poor performance in north London

Reacting to the defeat, former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle said: ‘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.’ For Ajax, the 1-0 win sees the club keep their first away clean-sheet in a Champions League knockout match since April 1996. Tottenham failed to score in the competition for the first time in 21 matches.

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