Manchester United, Ajax advance to Europa League final

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Ajax' players celebrate their victory in the Europa League semi-final football match Olympique Lyonnais against AFC Ajax, on May 11, 2017 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu near Lyon, southeastern France.

"Lyon started to believe in it, the crowd were behind them and then you know it is hard". We had to hold on at the end after Nick Viergever's red card but we did that.

Lyon Lineup: Anthony Lopes, Mouctar Diakhaby, Nicolas N'Koulou, Jérémy Morel, Rafael, Nabil Fekir, Maxime Gonalons, Corentin Tolisso, Alexandre Lacazette, Mathieu Valbuena, Maxwel Cornet.

The French side have it all to do if they are to reach the final is Sweden as they now trail 4-1 after an epic first-leg in the Amsterdam ArenA.

The Dutch club will contest a European club competition decider for the first time in 21 years with a team assembled for an estimated 22 million euros ($24 million) - a sum dwarfed by the world record 105 million euros United paid for the French worldwide midfielder.

"But it doesn't matter anymore, we're playing in the final against Manchester United".

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Lyon's players also collapsed to the ground at the final whistle, having also come within one goal of a dramatic second-leg turnaround.

Ajax coach Peter Bosz: "We want to play our own, high-pressing game".

Lyon looked to be out of contention after teenage forward Kasper Dolberg put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute to make it 5-1 on aggregate.

I'm very disappointed and frustrated. We need to make progress in this area. "We weren't clinical enough in front of goal and not effective enough defensively", said the striker, who has been battling a thigh injury which restricted him to just 15 minutes as a late substitute in Amsterdam a week ago.

"It could have been different if I had been fit to start the first leg". We lacked defensive solidity in the first leg and we knew it would be hard after that. We gave everything, as did the fans.