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Ligue 1: Uefa ban threat hangs over Lyon after semi

Ligue 1: Uefa ban threat hangs over Lyon after semi

Until the 45th minute of Ajax's second leg match in the Europa League semis, they clearly dominated Lyon and it seemed the Dutch side would cruise to Europa League final in Stockholm. I am proud of my players, though.

Seemingly, an Ajax fan requested him to play "Three little birds", a song in which the club chant to. Ajax are sure to create opportunities on Thursday and it will be up to the 26-year-old to guard the Lyon goal and foil the Dutch giants' chances of earning an away goal, which would neutralise Lyon's away-goal advantage.

Forward: Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) Restored from a thigh problem to spearhead the Lyon attack, Lacazette struck twice in 81 first-half seconds and threatened to inspire a famous second-leg comeback. The players are disappointed, but they can keep their heads held high.

"It's obviously disappointing especially as we managed to win". That's part of life in football, though. "We weren't serious enough or good enough defensively in the first leg".

"We want to prepare ourselves for the future". We need to make progress in this area. Everyone was great this evening. We have spoken a lot but now we have to show what we can do.

Midfielder: Maxime Gonalons (Lyon) One of the key cogs in a splendid display from Lyon, the captain was at the heart of everything for the valiant - if eventually thwarted - French side.

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Lacazette is set to return to his side's starting line-up against Ajax on Thursday as they attempt to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit. We can regret the first leg but take enormous pride in how we played the second.

Reacting on their final opponents, Mourinho said: "First of all two monsters - the history of Manchester United and the history of Ajax is unbelievable".

"Lyon started to believe in it, the crowd were behind them and then you know it is hard".

"At half-time I told them how proud I was of them playing in such a way in this stadium and supporters".

"But in the end, especially after the red card for Nick Viergever, we had to survive. It is a victory for football".

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