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The positive news for Tottenham is that they are only one goal behind ahead of the second leg in Amsterdam next Wednesday and still in the tie. Meanwhile, Ajax have now won four consecutive Champions League away games and will be full of confidence as they seek a first appearance in the final since 1996.
Ajax secure a 1-0 victory over Tottenham, thanks to Van de Beek's strike on 15 minutes to give them the advantage in this semi-final tie. They could have been further ahead at half-time, with Van de Beek going close shortly afterwards, but Lloris made a good save. Tottenham improved after the break, showing more urgency and attacking intent, but they were unable to carve open any clear-cut scoring opportunities, as Ajax defended well throughout. The visitors also hit the post late on through Neres.
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FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0-1 AJAX
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Foyth with a clumsy challenge on Tadic right on the touchline and Ajax have a free-kick, which they will take as long as possible over.
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Just a few minutes remaining for Tottenham to score an equaliser, but Ajax are slowing the pace down as much as they can, so Spurs are struggling to test Onana.
Another Ajax change, with Ziyech coming off and he has been replaced by Huntelaar.
The away supporters are jubilant in the far corner of the stadium, their side have put in a superb performance tonight and it looks like they'll hold the advantage ahead of the second leg next week.
Tottenham are running out of time now, they are keeping the ball well and have Ajax penned inside their own half, but they just can't carve open a goalscoring chance in the final third.
Free-kick to Tottenham in a good position after Tagliafico trips Moura. It's around 30 yards out and slightly to the right. Eriksen whips the ball into the box, however Alderweireld heads the ball over the crossbar.
The other change sees Trippier come off and he is replaced by Foyth. Straight swaps at full-back for Tottenham.
Tottenham make a double substitution, the first change sees Rose head off the pitch and he has been replaced by Davies.
OFF THE POST! Ajax strike the woodwork! Neres goes so close to making it 2-0, after the visitors move the ball quickly around the edge of the box and Tadic lays the ball through to Neres, who fires a first-time shot at goal, which strikes the far post and then bounces back into the box, only to be cleared by the Spurs defence.
Ajax have won their last three away games in the Champions League, as many as they had in their previous 31 on the road in the competition (W3 D11 L17).
Good block! Tottenham break forward on the counter through Eriksen, who plays Rose through on goal out to the left and the full-back fires a low shot towards goal, but it's blocked by Veltman and goes out for a corner.
The visitors are starting to take their time with any set pieces, as the home fans begin to grow frustrated and the whistles ring out around the stadium. Still plenty of time to score an equaliser.
Good opportunity! De Jong breaks forward from midfield and lays the ball off to Tadic, who loses it under pressure, but it cannons off a couple of players and falls straight back to the striker, but his shot is well blocked by Alderweireld.
Sissoko has done well since coming on for Spurs, he has helped Wanyama break up the Ajax passing and allowed Tottenham to get on the ball more.
The pace has dropped slightly in the last couple of minutes, with Ajax slowing the game down when they get on the ball and are preventing the hosts from getting into their final third.
Ajax make their first substitution of the game, with Schone heading off the pitch and he has been replaced by Mazraoui.
Veltman is shown a yellow card after dragging Alli down to the ground.
Excellent play by Moura! The winger is released down the right wing by Trippier and he twists away from two Ajax defenders and gets a cross into the box, but Llorente is unable to get to the ball first and the visitors clear the danger.
Ajax have won just one of their six previous Champions League meetings with English opposition (3-1 vs Man City in October 2012), with all three of their away games finishing as draws (twice vs Arsenal, once vs Man City).
Tottenham are keeping the ball well and are making Ajax do all the defending at the moment, however, they are starting to leave a few gaps at the back, which the visitors may be able to exploit on the counter.
Good play! Moura does well to play the ball into Trippier who was sprinting forward on the overlap and the right-back gets a cross into the box, which Alli heads towards goal. However, there isn't enough pace on the effort and it drifts high over the bar.
The atmosphere has totally changed now as the home supporters can sense a comeback, they are urging their side forward and making their voices heard.
The game is end-to-end at the moment, with neither team able to get on the ball and control possession. Much more urgency and attacking from Spurs so far.
Good effort! Tottenham work the ball well into the Ajax penalty area, with Eriksen first having a shot blocked, but Moura heads the rebound to Alli, who drills the ball into the ground, but it's straight at Onana, who makes a comfortable save.
Spurs haven't led at half-time in any of their 11 Champions League matches this season. Positive news for any Tottenham fans, they have a good record of turning games around in the second half.
CLOSE! Ajax now go close to scoring! Tagliafico with a low drive from 25 yards out, which goes narrowly wide of the Tottenham goal, with Lloris diving across in an attempt to save it.
CHANCE! Tottenham opportunity within seconds of kick-off! Llorente finds space on the edge of the box, he appear to get away from De Ligt, but he gets the ball stuck under his feet and Alli fires a shot at goal instead, but a mixture of De Ligt and Blind block the effort. Bright start to the second half.
The second half is underway!
Tottenham will have to improve in the second half if they are to get back into this game, as Ajax look like they could score a couple more goals. Spurs allowed the visitors a lot of time on the ball and had to sit deep to soak up the pressure for large periods.
Ajax lead 1-0 at the break, after Van de Beek's early goal gave the visitors the lead and they've dominated much of the first half. They've kept the ball really well and played some excellent football in the final third, with quick one-two touch football leading to the opening goal, as Van de Beek was played through on goal and just had Lloris to beat. They almost doubled their lead shortly after, with Van de Beek once again trying to beat Lloris, but this time the Spurs keeper made a good save from close range. Tottenham improved towards the end of the half, with Alderweireld going close with a header from a set piece.
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HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0-1 AJAX
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Good effort! Sissoko with a wild effort at goal from around 30 yards out, after Llorente lays it off to him, but it flies wide of the Ajax goal, with the ball bending away at the last moment. Not too far away.
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CHANCE! Excellent opportunity for Tottenham to equalise right at the end of the first half! Alderweireld with a free header as Trippier whipped a set piece into the penalty area and the centre-back tried to head the ball into the far corner of the net, but he got slightly too much on it and it lands on top of the net.
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Tottenham are pressing forward in the final stages of this half, showing more urgency and intent going forward. However, Ajax have defended well so far tonight and haven't been tested too much.
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Neres sprints away from Sanchez and gets into the penalty area, but the centre-back just manages to get back and put pressure on the striker, who goes down and looks for a penalty. However, the linesman already had his flag up for offside against the Ajax winger.
Onana deals with the corner well and Ajax clear the danger. However, Tottenham are looking more dangerous in these final few minutes of the half.
There's not long left on the clock until the break now, can Tottenham score an equaliser before the half-time whistle? They've just won a corner, their first of the game after Moura sprints into the box, but Veltman makes a good tackle to put the ball out of play.
Here is the enforced substitution, with Vertonghen replaced by Sissoko.
Vertonghen has come back onto the pitch, but he doesn't appear to be able to continue and Sissoko is getting ready on the sidelines. A big blow for Spurs.
Spurs had to wait until the 26th minute for their first shot, their longest wait at home in the CL since Nov 2016 vs Bayer Leverkusen (33rd minute)
Vertonghen is still down on the pitch and receiving medical treatment, he's certainly going to have to go off to change his shirt, but he may not be able to continue at all.
Stoppage in play here as Tottenham have two players down in the Ajax penalty area, after Alderweireld and Vertonghen both collide with Onana, but the keeper gets there first and punches the ball away. It looks like Vertonghen has come worse off, with a bad head injury.
Tagliafico is the first player to be booked after his late and high tackle on Eriksen, as the midfielder looked to break forward into the final third.
This is better from Tottenham, they are keeping the ball and now have Ajax sitting deep in their own half, but they are lacking the same attacking threat as their opponents.
Tottenham chance! Llorente with a free header in the penalty area after Spurs win a free-kick and the striker rises highest as the ball is whipped in by Trippier. However, he powers his header wide of the Ajax goal.
CHANCE! Excellent move by Ajax and they almost have a second goal but Lloris is there to make the save! Van de Beek once again with the opportunity, after a lovely series of passes on the edge of the box. Van de Beek dummies one pass and then sprints in-behind the Spurs defence, with Tadic laying it through to him and he just had Lloris to beat, but the keeper makes a good stop from close range.
Van de Beek (22y 12d) is the third youngest Ajax goalscorer in a Champions League semi-final after Nordin Wooter (19y 237d) and Mario Melchiot (20y 170d).
Alderweireld shows his frustration as he dives into the back of Tadic and gets nowhere near the ball, just inside the Tottenham half. The hosts just can't keep the ball.
Apart from the early couple of minutes when Tottenham had the ball, it's been all Ajax and the visitors look eager to double their lead and get another crucial away goal.
Tottenham just can't get out of their own half at the moment, they are penned back and can't get on the ball. Ajax are keeping possession and look dangerous every time they get near the penalty area.
Lovely one-two touch football from Ajax and Ziyech plays a great ball through the Tottenham defence, straight into the path of Van de Beek.
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GOOOAAALLL! Ajax take the lead, it's 1-0! Van de Beek slots the ball home into the bottom corner after finding space inside the penalty area and he has plenty of time to pick his spot, with just Lloris to beat. It's excellent build-up play from the visitors, working the ball down the left wing, before coming inside and Ziyech plays a lovely ball into Van de Beek, who just manages to stay onside and then provide the finish.
Tottenham are just having to chase the ball, as Ajax continue to dominate possession and they are starting to get into better positions in the hosts half. Ziyech fires an effort towards goal from the edge of the box, but it's blocked and then falls out wide to Neres, who is in an offside position.
Tottenham have won both of their previous meetings with Ajax in all competitions, winning both legs in the first round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners’ Cup (3-1 away, 3-0 at home).
The pace is quite slow at the moment, with Tottenham happy to allow the visitors the ball within their own half as they are struggling to get it forward towards Van de Beek and Tadic, who has barely touched the ball in the opening few minutes.
Ajax have settled into the game now, spurred on by the earlier opportunity from the set piece. They are keeping the ball well inside their own half.
Ajax win their first corner of the game, after Van de Beek blocks a clearance by Sanchez and races forward, getting to the edge of the penalty area. The striker then looks to play a low ball into the box, but Sanchez gets back in time to make the block. However, Tottenham comfortably clear the first ball into the penalty area, before Ziyech fires an effort high over the crossbar.
Tottenham with the early possession here, but Ajax are pressing high up the pitch and not allowing them much time and space on the ball. It looks like Spurs have started with a back three, with Trippier and Rose both pushing high up the wings.
The teams are out and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
Tottenham make four changes to the side that were beaten by West Ham, with Trippier, Vertonghen, Wanyama and Llorente coming into the starting XI, replacing Foyth, Davies, Dier and Son Heung-min. Spurs could line up with a back five, with Trippier and Rose as the wing-backs, or a back three, with Wanyama sitting just in front of the defence. Erik ten Hag makes just one change to his Ajax side that beat Vitesse last week, with Neres replacing Dolberg in attack.
AJAX SUBS: Bruno Varela, Daley Sinkgraven, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Noussair Mazraoui, Lisandro Magallan, Kasper Dolberg, Dani De Wit
AJAX (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Joel Veltman, Matthijs De Ligt, Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lasse Schone, Frenkie De Jong; Hakim Ziyech, Donny Van de Beek, David Neres; Dusan Tadic.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Paulo Gazzaniga, Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Oliver Skipp, Moussa Sissoko.
TOTTENHAM (5-3-2): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Victor Wanyama, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli; Lucas Moura, Fernando Llorente.
Tottenham come into the game on the back of their first defeat at their new stadium, as they suffered a 1-0 loss against West Ham on Saturday, but they still remain third in the Premier League table. Meanwhile Ajax beat Vitesse 4-2 last week and they sit top of the Eredivisie on goal difference.
Ajax last played in the Champions League semi-finals in 1996-97 and Erik ten Hag's side have eliminated the reigning champions, Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus in the knockout phase.
Tottenham secured a dramatic victory over Manchester City in the quarter-finals, booking their place in the semi-finals, their first appearance at this stage in the competition since 1962, when they were beaten by Benfica. Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, before knocking out Pep Guardiola's side to set up a meeting with the Dutch side.
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