Ajax will find Olympique Lyon in semi-finals Europa League
Ajax will play against Olympique in the semi-finals of the Europa League, the draw in Nyon on Friday showed.
The team of trainer Peter Bosz plays on Wednesday 3 may at 18.45 hours, first at home, on Thursday 11 may at 21.05 hours is the return in Lyon.
The competition would in the first instance, on Thursday 4 may, but the municipality of Amsterdam had earlier this week already know that a match on that night is not an option, in connection with the National remembrance day on the Dam. Therefore the game a day early, thus saith the UEFA compared to AT5.
“Thousands of supporters in the city during a dignified Commemoration of the dead we do not see”, said a spokesman of the municipality.
The other semi-final in the Europa League between Celta de Vigo and Manchester United. The heenduel is on Thursday 4 may at 21.05 hours in Vigo. A week later, the return in Manchester. The final is on 24 may in the Swedish Solna.
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Ajax played four times previously in the European context, against Lyon, the current number four in France. In the season 2002/2003 won Ajax at home 2-1 in the group stage of the Champions League. The match in France ended in a 2-0 victory for Ajax.
Also in the 2011/2012 season were Ajax and Lyon at each other in their group in the Champions League. Both matches ended as 0-0.
In the season 2004/2005 was the PSV responsible for the elimination of Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The two duels ended in 1-1, after penalties, the decision brought for the benefit of the Locals. PSV were in the semi-finals and then eliminated by AC Milan.
A year later, went to the Locals in the eighth finals of the Champions League collapse against Lyon (0-1 and 4-0 in favor of Lyon).
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Ajax came Thursday at the expense of Schalke 04 for the last four of the Europa League. The number two of the Premier league and lost after extra time with 3-2 of the German team, but that was enough after the 2-0 home win a week earlier.
lympique Lyon defeated the Turkish Besiktas in the last eight. The team of coach Bruno Genesio was Thursday after penalty shoot-out to strong for the team of attacker Ryan Babel. Lyon won at home with 2-1, after the French in Turkey with 2-1 down went.
With Memphis Depay, who in the winter happened to Manchester United, plays a Dutchman in Lyon, but the international is not speelgerechtigd in the Europa League and can not take action against Ajax.
Lyon was earlier this season is responsible for the elimination of AZ, in the sixteenth finals of the Europa League. The Alkmaarders lost in own home with 1-4, then to Lyon, France with 7-1 many was too strong. After that was dealt with AS Roma, and Thursday was so penalties Besiktas defeated.
The French club chases its first European cup ever. Ajax was four times the strongest of Europe, also won the Europe Cup II and conquered in 1992, the UEFA Cup, the forerunner of the Europa League.
Ajax after thriller against Schalke 04 to the semi-finals Europa League