UEFA Champions League match report Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax Amsterdam 30 April 2019

Ajax Amsterdam
Ajax Amsterdam

Ajax Amsterdam left England with an advantage after recording a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg.

Ajax have won their last two away encounters in the tournament and were hoping for more of the same ahead of next week's second leg on home soil.

The Dutch side shocked the hosts with a 15th minute lead after Hakim Ziyech’s through ball broke the defensive line and found Donny van de Beek who beat Hugo Lloris from close-range.

Spurs were sliced opened again on 25 minutes after David Neres and van de Beek played a one-two into the area to force a point-blank save off Lloris.

Concussion paralysis for Vertonghen cut short his participation 39 minutes in, with Moussa Sissoko replacing him.

In added time, Spurs squandered a golden chance after Toby Alderweireld headed over the top following a free-kick from Christian Eriksen.

Tottenham made a promising start to the second half, as Dele Alli provided their first effort on target through a half-volley inside the area.

It was all Spurs, who pinned the young Dutch side in their own half with numerous attempts which unfortunately failed to trouble Andre Onana.

Ajax brought momentum back in their favour with fresh legs in midfield 65 minutes in, as Noussair Mazaroui replaced Lasse Schone.

As such, Erik Ten Hag’s boys nearly locked up the tie on 75 minutes after Neres struck the left hand post from a move involving Noussair and Ziyech.

Spurs kept probing for the elusive equaliser towards fulltime, but the Dutch remained unmoved for an impressive win.