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Ajax are well placed to reach a first Uefa Champions League final in 23 years as they welcome Tottenham holding a narrow lead from the first leg.

Donny van de Beek’s first-half goal was the difference between the sides in the first game in north London, giving Ajax a precious advantage to take back to Amsterdam.

Of the 17 sides who have lost the home first leg of a semifinal in the Uefa Champions League era, only one has recovered to win on aggregate – Ajax themselves, against Panathinaikos in 1995/96 (0-1 home, 3-0 away). That is only one of four instances when a team has gone through after losing at home in the first leg of a Uefa Champions League tie, though two of them happened this season.

Both sides have ended long waits to make it to this stage. While the most recent of Ajax’s eight European Cup semifinals came in 1997, Spurs have featured in the competition’s last four only once previously – 57 years ago, in their debut season of European competition.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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