Ajax v Lyon: Europa League semi-final, first leg – live!

Hello and welcome to tonight’s Europa League semi-final clash between Ajax and Lyon at Amsterdam Arena. Kickoff for tonight’s first leg, which falls on the Dutch national holiday for Remembrance of the Dead, is roughly 15 minutes away, so let’s dispense with the pleasantries and get right into it. Here’s a look at the teams:

Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s Sid Lowe on Man Utd’s clash with Celta Vigo:

In the aftermath of Celta Vigo’s cancelled match with Real Madrid in February, when a storm ripped through the roof at their Balaídos stadium and accusations flew, their coach, Eduardo Berizzo, protested: “I still can’t make it rain.” No, some supporters suggested, but there is plenty you can do.

The team that beat Barcelona three years in a row, putting four past them the last two times they visited Vigo, had after all just deservedly knocked Madrid out of the Copa del Rey to reach the semi?finals. Now they have reached a Europa League semi-final against Manchester United.

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