Tottenham vs Ajax: 9 Players Who Have Played for Both Clubs

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By the end of the tie, Schone had been taken off for the right back Noussair Mazraoui and Ajax were struggling to hold onto possession with Tottenham in the ascendancy - even if David Neres had the best chance of the half when he struck the post late on.

It's a testament to Moussa Sissoko's turnaround at Tottenham that supporters were upset with his omission from Mauricio Pochettino's team sheet for Tuesday evening's Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.

Hakim Ziyech played Van de Beek through on goal and from just five yards out, the 22-year-old took his time to pick out the corner of the net and give his side a deserved opener and become the third youngest Ajax scorer in a Champions League semi-final.

Ajax is facing of against the Tottenham Hotspurs in London tonight in the first semi-final match for the Champions League.

Nicholas added: "Tottenham, on their day, with the pace of Lucas Moura, alongside the skill of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, are guaranteed to score".

Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek ran riot in midfield, linking up with the forwards, which included former Southampton player Dusan Tadic in a false nine, and creating plenty of opportunities. We help you discover publicly available material and act as a search engine.

Though Vertonghen was permitted to continue, in the 39th minute he was eventually forced off the pitch for good as he appeared unsteady on his legs, dazed in his eyes, and unable to play.

Ajax dominated the first half until Pochettino completely changed his game-plan by switching from a 3-5-2 formation to a 4-4-2 system.

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That said, based on Tuesday's evidence, it's hard to see the South Korean dynamo, as good as he is, make up the apparently glaring gulf in class between these teams all alone. Last four opponents Liverpool could well be buoyed knowing that Barca have only progressed from one of their four semi-finals in the premier European competition against English opposition.

Ajax have already proved too good for Real Madrid and Juventus in the competition this season and were streets ahead of Spurs in the first half on a ideal night for football.

Such was Ajax's domination in the early stages that they could already have virtually sealed a place in the final - but they had to be content with Van de Beek's 15th minute goal.

Fans will be able to watch the match live on BT Sport 2 in the UK.

"After we conceded the goal - 25 to 30 minutes in - we started to be in the game", said Pochettino.

"It is a fight, it is a race, with two games to play".

The 2014/15 season saw him play on loan at Southampton, before finally ending up at Spurs, where's he's been ever since, making 154 appearances for the club.

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