Ajax fans take over London ahead of Champions League semi-final

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But the visitors, who contest the Dutch final against New Zealand duo Michael Woud and James McGarry's Willem II on Monday before the second leg next Thursday, were only denied a healthier advantage when the post denied David Neres late on.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side are still "alive" in their Champions League semi-final, despite losing 1-0 to Ajax at home in the first leg.

Despite Pochettino suffering an absentee list as long as his arm, including the injured Harry Kane and suspended Heung Son-min, his players were showing no sign of nerves either, dominating the opening exchanges.

Ajax is facing of against the Tottenham Hotspurs in London tonight in the first semi-final match for the Champions League.

Alderweireld rose through Ajax's youth system, went on to win four Eredivise titles, but unlike Vertonghen and Eriksen before him, he left the club in 2013 to join La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

Lloris kept his side in the game 10 minutes later from another Van de Beek effort as Ajax threatened to run riot. "But of course it was Jan in that moment, in the following action he started to feel unwell and we needed to change him".

That was the last best chance for either side, with Ajax taking its lead and away goal back to Amsterdam for the second leg.

"No one wanted to play the first half we did".

"When Moussa Sissoko was in, he provided good energy and we played better". We knew to win the first game was important, especially not trying to concede a goal but we couldn't get a clean sheet.

Tottenham was 1-0 down and chasing an equalizer before half-time.

Donny van de Beek's 15th-minute goal, steered cleverly past Hugo Lloris from close range, put Erik ten Hag's exciting young side firmly in the driving seat going into the second leg in Amsterdam next Wednesday.

The Evening Standard's chief soccer correspondent James Olley said the player "could hardly stand up" as he was helped off the pitch.

Spurs recovered from being on the brink of elimination in the group stages this year before getting a draw at fellow semi-finalists Barcelona on the final day to advance to the knock-out stages.

Ajax made it into the Champions League semi finals for the first time in 22 years through a victory over Benfica, two draws against Bayern Munich and the elimination of Real Madrid and Juventus.

The final of four current Tottenham players to have played for Ajax earlier in their career, centre-back Davinson Sanchez is the most recent player to have done so.

The defender has enjoyed a stellar Champions League campaign, turning in one of Spurs' best performances of the season in the last 16 against Dortmund.

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