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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Tottenham suffer shock Champions League defeat


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Donny van de Beek has scored the goal to give youthful Ajax a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The away win on Tuesday edged Erik ten Hag's youthful Dutch side toward a first European Cup final in 23 years.

A Tottenham side depleted by injuries and suspension gifted the visitors too much space to string together slick passes early on, and the 22-year-old van de Beek ghosted into the penalty area to receive a through ball from Hakim Ziyech before he slotted a shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 15th minute.

"In the first 20 minutes we played really good and after that Tottenham chased something," goalscorer van de Beek said.

https://twitter.com/AFCAjax/status/1123364060232392710

"One-nil is OK and next week we have to finish it at home."

Overwhelmed in the first half, Spurs were more assertive after the break against the 1995 champions but lacked the attacking end product to equalise, with star striker Harry Kane injured and Heung-min Son suspended.

Former Ajax player Christian Eriksen felt Tottenham made their opponents look better than they were.

"We didn't play our best," the Dane told BT Sport.

"The first 20 minutes of the game we were just ball watchers. We need to chase it the next game.

"We made them look a lot better. We helped them on the way."

 Donny Van de Beek of Ajax Amsterdam

Spurs, contesting their first European Cup semi-final in 57 years, will also have questions for their medical staff after they allowed Jan Vertonghen to return to the field after a nasty head injury late in the first half.

The Belgium defender was given the all-clear by the doctors but was barely able to walk moments later and was escorted off as the incident threw a fresh spotlight on soccer's handling of suspected concussions.

Vertonghen challenged for a header in the Ajax area but he came off second best when he slammed his face into the back of teammate Toby Alderweireld's head and simultaneously received an unintentional elbow from Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana - to leave him with blood pouring from a cut on his nose in the 32nd minute.

https://twitter.com/AFCAjax/status/1123349397755113478

He received treatment on the field and went to change his bloodied white jersey.

Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz allowed Vertonghen to return to action in the 38th minute, however, the Spurs centre-back lasted only 40 seconds before going across to the sideline, leaning over and struggling to stand.

Ajax, having already knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus en route to their first semi-final in Europe's elite competition since 1997, could have extended their lead in the second half but a David Neres effort hit the post.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have Korean Son back from suspension for the return leg next week and possibly Kane, who injured his ankle in the quarter-final second leg.

Barcelona will host Liverpool in the other semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

- AAP

Donny van de Beek has scored the goal to give youthful Ajax a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The away win on Tuesday edged Erik ten Hag's youthful Dutch side toward a first European Cup final in 23 years.

A Tottenham side depleted by injuries and suspension gifted the visitors too much space to string together slick passes early on, and the 22-year-old van de Beek ghosted into the penalty area to receive a through ball from Hakim Ziyech before he slotted a shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 15th minute.

"In the first 20 minutes we played really good and after that Tottenham chased something," goalscorer van de Beek said.

https://twitter.com/AFCAjax/status/1123364060232392710

"One-nil is OK and next week we have to finish it at home."

Overwhelmed in the first half, Spurs were more assertive after the break against the 1995 champions but lacked the attacking end product to equalise, with star striker Harry Kane injured and Heung-min Son suspended.

Former Ajax player Christian Eriksen felt Tottenham made their opponents look better than they were.

"We didn't play our best," the Dane told BT Sport.

"The first 20 minutes of the game we were just ball watchers. We need to chase it the next game.

"We made them look a lot better. We helped them on the way."

 Donny Van de Beek of Ajax Amsterdam

Spurs, contesting their first European Cup semi-final in 57 years, will also have questions for their medical staff after they allowed Jan Vertonghen to return to the field after a nasty head injury late in the first half.

The Belgium defender was given the all-clear by the doctors but was barely able to walk moments later and was escorted off as the incident threw a fresh spotlight on soccer's handling of suspected concussions.

Vertonghen challenged for a header in the Ajax area but he came off second best when he slammed his face into the back of teammate Toby Alderweireld's head and simultaneously received an unintentional elbow from Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana - to leave him with blood pouring from a cut on his nose in the 32nd minute.

https://twitter.com/AFCAjax/status/1123349397755113478

He received treatment on the field and went to change his bloodied white jersey.

Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz allowed Vertonghen to return to action in the 38th minute, however, the Spurs centre-back lasted only 40 seconds before going across to the sideline, leaning over and struggling to stand.

Ajax, having already knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus en route to their first semi-final in Europe's elite competition since 1997, could have extended their lead in the second half but a David Neres effort hit the post.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have Korean Son back from suspension for the return leg next week and possibly Kane, who injured his ankle in the quarter-final second leg.

Barcelona will host Liverpool in the other semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

- AAP

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