Ajax 2-3 Tottenham, LIVE (3-3 agg) – Latest Champions League semi-final updates as we discover which side will meet Liverpool in the final
- Tottenham make trip to Amsterdam to take on Ajax tonight at 8pm BST
- UK viewers can watch Ajax vs Tottenham live on BT Sport 2
- Ajax XI: Onana, Mazraoui, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico, Schone, De Jong, Ziyech, Van de Beek, Neres, Tadic
- Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son
Tottenham make the trip to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.
Maurico Pochettino’s side will look to take inspiration from Liverpool’s outstanding second leg display against Barcelona as they look to overturn the one-goal deficit against Dutch side and meet the Reds in the final in Madrid.
Donny van de Beek scored the only goal of the first-leg to give Erik ten Hag’s side the away goal advantage as Son Heung-min returns after a one-game suspension to help Spurs make a comeback.
Sportsmail’s James Dutton provides live Champions League coverage of Ajax vs Tottenham including score, lineups and build-up.
Mauricio Pochettino is in absolute bits on the pitch there. You’ve never seen emotion like that from the Tottenham manager. Extraordinary, emotional scenes. Tottenham in the Champions League final against Liverpool. Two improbable comebacks in two nights.
Tottenham have done it! Ajax look shell shocked. The Spurs players are on the pitch, Harry Kane runs onto the pitch along with all the other Spurs players.
Ajax players are shattered and dead on the pitch. Spurs gave everything and they’ve come back from the dead.
THEY’VE DONE IT! THEY’VE DONE IT! I DON’T BELIEVE IT! THEY’VE DONE IT!
Dele Alli flicks the ball into the area and Lucas Moura gets there to poke the ball into the bottom corner. What a finish, what a moment!
A booking for time wasting for the Ajax goalkeeper.
90+4: Lloris is up! But it’s headed over by Llorente.
90+3: Ajax break again. Ziyech shoots but Lloris saves and then Tadic curls the rebound over. Spurs are still in it. Can they just fashion a chance and get possession near the opposition box?
90+2: Toby Alderweireld attempts a cross field ball to the left hand side but there’s no one there and it floats out for a throw.
Ajax break clear as Spurs lose the ball and are all out of shape in midfield. Tadic’s ball to De Jong is overhit and Spurs get back to clear.
But Ajax have the ball in the Tottenham corner. But they lose it to a goal kick and now Spurs can come back at them.
Final sub of the night.
87 mins: What just happened?! Tottenham come close twice!
Vertonghen hits the bar with a header from six yards out and then Ajax get enough bodies on the line to block the rebound. How did that stay out?! Was that the moment?
Son Heung-min then shoots from an acute angle and hits the frame of the goal and it goes behind.
86 mins: The tension is palpable around the stadium now. Ajax are just about doing enough as Tottenham throw everything at them.
The hosts go upfield but tiredness betrays a few sloppy touches and allow Tottenham to nick it and break back. This is edge of the seat stuff.
Son shoots, deflects off Tagliafico and it’s another corner for Spurs.
82 mins: Ajax hanging on. So many bodies in the box as Tottenham camp on the edge of their area. The final ball not good enough though. Ajax are having half chances but they have no momentum at all.
80 mins: Ajax break again through Ziyech but his pass to Tadic is a little short and he’s tackled in the area. Some space starting to open up for them as we enter the final 10 minutes.
79 mins: Hakim Ziyech shoots from the edge of the box and hits the foot of the post. Tottenham saved yet again. Is it going to be their net? Ajax have had their chances to put this to bed.
Danny Rose gets a yellow card for petulance after a hand ball. Ziyech moments later bundles over Rose and enters the book for repeated foul play.
75 mins: Moussa Sissoko goes full Moussa Sissoko and skips through challenges on the halfway line, plays in Lucas Moura. The Brazilian gets to the byline and cuts back but it’s agonisingly behind a team-mate.
74 mins: Toby Alderweireld rises high at the Tottenham corner but heads wide of the far post.
71 mins: Ajax break through Ziyech down the left. A delightful ball to the back post but Tadic gets in the way of Sinkgraven and it’s a corner.
Spurs clear but Ajax come back at them. Lloris palms a cross away to de Ligt who smashes it back goalwards but Lloris gets enough on it to save.
Dolberg has done about as well tonight as you’d expect someone who didn’t know he was playing until 10 minutes before kick-off.
In amongst all that Ajax made a sub, right after Moura’s second goal. It’s all Spurs though right now.
65 mins: Up the other end and Lucas Moura nearly has a hat-trick as the ball falls for him in the area but his effort is blocked. Spurs have come to life.
64 mins: Let off for Spurs. Ajax have started playing football again, Tadic picks out Ziyech in the area and he curls his left footed effort just wide of the post. This is end-to-end stuff. Any scoreline is possible here.
63 mins: Spurs have been brilliant since the break, and just like Liverpool last night they have scored two in quick succession before the hour mark. We have half an hour to go and Spurs just need one more! This is incredibly set up now.
IT’S ON. IT’S ON.
Son feeds Trippier on the right, his low cross is met by Llorente but his effort is straight at Onana. He can’t fumbles the ball as he goes to claim it and it squirms loose to Lucas Moura who keeps his composure, keeps the ball on his toes and fires the ball into the bottom corner. WOW!
Danny Rose picks out Lucas Moura, who slips it into Dele Alli and Spurs are suddenly running at the Ajax defence. Dele Alli jinks inside, he’s run it a little too far but Lucas Moura is there, takes a touch and slots it into the bottom corner. GAME ON!
54 mins: Tottenham work it well around the edge of the area and Eriksen spots the run of Dele Alli but Onana makes a brilliant reflex save. as he fires a shot towards the near post. Llorente heads the resulting corner over.
52 mins: Spurs have started well here, seeing a lot of the ball in the Ajax half. They have a corner as a ball into the box is headed behind by an Ajax man. Eriksen’s corner headed away and then Rose fouls Dolberg.
Danny Rose strides forward with purpose but his ball into the box is poor and doesn’t beat the first man. Tottenham need to do better in these situations.
Dolberg then takes out Rose in the middle of the pitch for a yellow.
46 mins: Early opportunity for Tottenham with a ball in behind the Ajax defence but De Ligt extends one of his long legs to take it off Dele Alli.
Corner is poor.
After their historic comeback last night under the Anfield lights, Liverpool are clear outright t favourites to win the Champions League should they face Ajax – according to bookmaker SportNation.Bet.
In their second final in consecutive years, Jurgen Klopp’s side are still 1/2 favourites despite Ajax currently demolishing Spurs in Amsterdam.
The Dutch side are 7/4 outsiders to win their first Champions League since 1995 in Madrid having been distant 40/1 outsiders at the start of the season.
Spurs are 22/1 to qualify for the final needing to score three in the second half without reply to qualify for away goals, while the Dutch side are just 1/22.
Tottenham are 13/10 to score the next goal while Ajax are 11/8 to net first after half time to well and truly put the tie to bed.
The referee puts Spurs out of their misery. Ajax are rollicking towards the Champions League final.
36 mins: That is liquid football.
Dusan Tadic beats Kieran Trippier to a 50-50 and plays the ball in behind him. He’s then fed down the left, enters the area, pulls it back to Ziyech on the edge of the box who unleashes a pearler of a curling effort into the top corner. What a goal.
30 mins: Dusan Tadic runs rings round Toby Alderweireld down the left after Victor Wanyama was outmuscled by van de Beek in the middle.
Tadic enters the area, ghosts past the defender but his effort on the left foot is just wide.
28 mins: Tottenham getting a lot of joy by just running directly at this Ajax side. They’ve retreated back towards their own goal and Dele Alli is the latest to slalom his way through. Spurs force a corner.
Kieran Trippier looks to be struggling with a groin injury.
Lucas Moura meets the cleared corner on the edge of the box but spanners a volley well wide.
23 mins: Spurs make inroads down the left. Danny Rose marauds up field and is fouled, but advantage is played as Dele Alli picks up the ball and threads a delightful pass into the path of Son in behind the defence. His shot is a little tame and well saved by Onana.
Spurs go back a minute later and Lucas Moura bulldozes his way into the area, finds Christian Eriksen but his shot is straight at the keeper. Better now from Spurs.
16 mins: Tottenham may be behind but it’s been a much better start than they managed in the first leg a week ago. The presence of Son helps to give them something to aim for, but they just look a bit more purposeful and composed.
Moussa Sissoko clatters Nicolas Tagliafico and gets a yellow card.
Question marks, surely, over the extent of Kieran Trippier’s marking here.
10 mins: Good signs going forward for Tottenham. Dele Alli with two chances but he’s denied by Frenkie De Jong and then is offside as Christian Eriksen picks him out.
Looks like Alli will be tasked with getting up to support Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min tonight, which is exactly what they need.
7 mins: Son Heung-min races down the left to the byline. Onana anticipates the cross but Son goes for goal and his cheeky effort crashes off the post. It bounces just too far away from Eriksen and Ajax clear. That was mighty close to an immediate response.
5 mins: And from the resulting corner Matthijs de Ligt heads the ball into the bottom corner, rising above Dele Alli to power home. What a header.
VAR check proceeds with a Spurs body on the deck as the ball came in, but the goal stands! Nightmare start for Spurs.
4 mins: Ajax seeing a lot of the ball in the early stages here, as you would expect. Spurs just need to ride the early wave and make it count when they do see the ball through the likes of Eriksen and Dele.
Ball bouncing around the area and de Beek’s effort is blocked.
BIG SAVE! Dusan Tadic in space on the left, attacks the box and his shot is palmed away by Lloris.
And now it really is raucous out there.
Very late breaking news on the eve of kick-off here.
The Johan Cruyff Arena is absolutely bouncing. The fans are chanting, music is blaring out. Ajax are 90 minutes away from a first Champions League final in 23 years.
Tottenham’s players are in the tunnel and they know what they need to do to upset these young starlets.
Wesley Sneijder is pitchside tonight.
Kick-off is now just over 20 minutes away…
Poch: We need to have more freedom
‘I won’t prepare a speech. I will speak from the heart and tell them what I feel in the last minute.
‘It’s an exciting moment for us to be in a semi-final. We need to enjoy it and have more freedom to play and to start the game the way we want to start.
‘Ajax were very good for half an hour. They have a very good team, very good players and a very good coach. They deserve the full credit to be here and that is why they are here, because they are a very good team.
‘To arrive in the semi-final of this competition, the toughest competition in the world, is because you are good. We have nothing to lose from the beginning. We know we need to win.’
MARTIN KEOWN PREVIEW
Ajax’s right-hand side could be key for Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Joel Veltman is likely to start at right back with Hakim Ziyech ahead of him on the wing. Ziyech has a tendency to vacate his post. He can drift into the centre, sometimes even towards the left side.
His touch map in Ajax’s return leg against Juventus clearly shows that. That is where the pace of Son Heung-min can hurt Ajax. The South Korean will look to get in behind before the likes of Matthijs de Ligt or Frenkie de Jong can cover for Ziyech.
Huge ancipation ahead of tonight’s tie in Amsterdam and the Ajax fans are in full force as they descend on the Johan Cruyff Arena. Should be a cracker.
Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son
So Son-Heung min is straight back in as expected for Fernando Llorente and Moussa Sissoko replaces Davinson Sanchez. Looks like Spurs have gone to four at the back, a system which vastly improved their performance in the first leg a week ago.
We’ve got arrivals at the Johan Cruyff Arena, which means team news can’t be far away.
Where will the second leg be won and lost?
Sportsmail’s ROBERT SUMMERSCALES has taken a look at the key battles ahead of tonight’s game.
The return of Son Heung-min will be crucial for Spurs, who looked a little one-paced in the first leg. And there’s the expected return of Moussa Sissoko, who helped Spurs get a grip on the midfield when he was introduced last week.
It’s a slender advantage that Ajax take into the return leg tonight. Donny van de Beek’s first half strike was enough to settle the tie at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Read back MARTIN SAMUEL’S match report here.
The Johan Cruyff Arena is primed and ready for a big night. Kick off is at 8pm.
Plenty of Tottenham fans have made the trip to Amsterdam. They look to be having a lovely time in the Dutch capital…
Hello and welcome. After the drama of last night, what does tonight have in store for us?
Ajax host Tottenham with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg last week. Can Spurs repeat Liverpool’s heroics? We’re about to find out.
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