UEFA Europa League Final Full Time: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United
Written by: Sourav Neogi
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Ajax came back to the second half an already broken team. The Dutch stars failed to get the batons of the game back from Manchester United which led to the second goal by Mkhitaryan. Manchester United successfully defended their lead in the second half while adding one more to the sheet and were crowned as the champions at the end. This is your host Sourav Neogi logging out. See you again, good night.
90'+4' PEEEEEEPS! Manchester United is the champions of Europa League! The Red Devils has done it again!
90'+3 Ajax makes one last try to go all out and score but fails as the ball goes directly in the hands of Sergio Romero under the bars!
90' Four minutes of stoppage time has been added to the second half by the assistant referee.
90' Substitution (Manchester United): Mata OFF, Rooney IN.
86' All Manchester United players has gone deep down to defend except Anthony Martial who roams ahead in the pitch looking for chances!
84' Substitution (Manchester United): Rashford OUT, Martial IN.
82' Substitution (Ajax): Riedewald OUT, De Jong IN.
78' Yellow card! Mata is shown a yellow card by the referee!
76' Ajax pressing Manchester United once again. Surprisingly, Ajax substitute David Neres is really hitting a nerve of Manchester United in the right wing.
74' Substitution (Manchester United): Mkhitaryan OFF, Lingard ON.
72' Ajax is awarded a free kick from 20 yards to the United bars after a handball by Mkhitaryan but the chance is once again wasted.
70' Substitution (Ajax): Schone OFF, Van De Beek ON.
65' Chance for Manchester United! Pogba finds Fellaini in the Ajax box with a diagonal as the Belgian doesn't waste any time to head the ball towards the goal but is an easy save for Onana. Wasted!.
64' Yellow card: Younes!
62' Substitution (Ajax): Dolberg OFF, Neres ON.
59' Mata and Rashford builds up a play on the right side of the Ajax box but Mata iS brought down by De Ligt who clears the threat and saves Ajax again. Unarguably the best Ajax defender tonight!
58' Yellow card! Veltman is shown a yellow card for an ill challenge on Juan Mata.
55' Rashford receives a ball from Fellaini up front and tries to go on a hunt that instant but is brought down by De Ligt who sends the ball back to the Ajax keeper.
53' Ajax with a counter attack to the Manchester United box. Traore tries to shoot a long ranger but is intercepted by Smalling and the ball goes in the hands of Sergio Romero. Wasted again!
52' Yellow card! Fellaini is shown a yellow card by the referee.
51' Ajax defence looks clueless after the second goal. Ajax needs to find a way to get back to the game or this is the end of the great Dutch saga once again!
48' GOOOOAAAL! Mkhitaryan finds the back of the net with a volley!
46' And the second half is underway! People, stay connected.
Ajax started the game with a younger and comparatively inexperienced side against a star-studded Manchester United side. The Dutch giants chose to sit deep at the beginning of the game, but a moment of individual excellence by Paul Pogba scoring the opener for United. However, Ajax came out of their shell after the first goal, creating several chances but failed to convert any of them. Manchester United displayed a good defensive display, especially moments by Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind kept United in an advantage. The English giants emerged as the undisputed dominant side of the first half, to look towards the second half yet to come.
45'+2' Referee whistles to indicate the half time at the Friends Arena in Stockholm! Ajax trails against Manchester United being a goal down.
45' Chance for Ajax! Traore and Dolberg playmaking in the middle, nearing the United penalty box and Traore goes past the United defenders but is intercepted by Blind who saves the night for Manchester United.
42' Sanchez tries to dribble Rashford in the Ajax box as the United youngster approaches the Ajax centre-back. Rashford misses the ball by the brilliance of Sanchez as the defender passes the ball back inside the game.
40' Antonio Valencia with a forward run up the right wing and crosses to Fellaini in the Ajax box but the ball is intercepted in the air by Veltman who sends the ball back inside the game.
39' De Ligt tries to pass sideways after a daunting run to the opposition half but there is nobody to be found in the Ajax left wing. The ball goes out, throw in for Manchester United.
37' Traore with a classic forward run past Pogba and Darmian but Blind senses the danger and intercepts him successfully. Wasted for Ajax!
33' Ajax pressing Manchester United hard but the United defenders are proving to be a tad more physical than the Dutch youngsters expected.
31' Yellow card! Mkhitaryan is shown a yellow card by the referee after he brought down an Ajax player with a rash challenge.
28' Rashford is brought down by Sanchez with an ill-timed foul but the referee decides to play on.
26' Klassenn, Traore and Dolberg trying to exploit United's left flank but is unable as Mkhitaryan and Blind come to rescue. Impressive playmaking from the Ajax youngsters.
23' Mkhitaryan brings Veltman down in the wing after the full-back tries to go on a forward run. The referee warns the Armenian for rash play.
21' Ajax players are trying to find Dolberg upfront but the Ajax striker is being marked well by United defenders who aren't allowing the ball to reach the youngster.
18' Pogba receives a pass inside the Ajax corner box from behind and shoots the ball flat before it deflected by Sanchez and finding it's place in the back of the nets.
18' GOOOOOAAAAAL! It's Pogba! Manchester United leads!
15' Younes dribbles past Valencia and passes to Traore who cuts inside the middle, just in front of Romero. Traore receives the ball, turns back and shoots the ball towards the left side of the United bars. Romero saves the ball with ease.
14' Klaassen dribbles past Mkhitaryan and sends a through ball towards Traore but the ball is intercepted by Darmian who sends the back in the middle of the pitch. Another depressing moment for the young Ajax forward.
12' Mkhitaryan is being marked by Ajax centre-back Sanchez who brings the Armenian down trying to pick the ball and pass it forward.
10' Mata tries to send a diagonal to Rashford in the middle but the ball is intercepted by Ajax defenders who sends the ball out.
8' Younes tries to launch a counter attack for Ajax loose possession against United's pacy full-back Antonio Valencia who forces the ball to go outside.
7' Ajax looks like are setting their trap deep inside their half but Manchester United just don't want to stop pushing through the Ajax defence looking for an early goal to seal the deal. Considering Ajax's tactics, this is going to be a tricky game for Dolberg, Ajax's lone striker upfront.
4' Mata is looking tireless, chasing the ball but Ziyech understands the threat better and clears the ball from the Spaniard's grasp.
3' Manchester United with early pressure on the Dutch giants. However, Ajax is holding up the defensive work well as two delightful attacks by Manchester United are already dealt with by Onana.
1' And the match is underway! Ajax face Manchester United in UEFA Europa League 2017 final!
00:17 AM: Moments to go before the kick off! Ladies and gentlemen, stay tuned!
00:15 AM: The two teams are coming out of the tunnel and into the pitch. The players are wearing a black armband as promised to condemn the attack at the Manchester Arena mere 50 hours ago. A minute's silence to be observed soon.
00:13 AM: Tonight's Europa League final will be played exactly 22 years after Ajax claimed their last European trophy by beating Milan in the 1995 Champions League final. That game featured Justin kluivert's father, Patrick Kluivert, and Daley Blind's father, Danny Blind.
00:10 AM: This will be the first time since 2002 that club from Netherlands has reached a UEFA Cup/Europa League final (Feyenoord before). On the other hand, Manchester United are the third English side in five seasons to reach the final (Chelsea and Liverpool before respectively).
00:05 AM: Hakim Ziyech has created more chances (37) than any other player in the Europa League this season. He's registered 4 assists. However, the Manchester United goalkeeper has kept the most numbers of clean sheets in the tournament so far.
00:00 AM: Though the match is scheduled to take place in a neutral venue, the spectators have made it a home game for Manchester United only, considering the Swedish hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic's presence in the United stands. On the other hand, Ajax has fielded the all-time youngest squad in a European competition final which is bound to make things more interesting.
11:55 PM: Ajax XI: Onana, Veltman, Sanchez, De Ligt, Riedewald, Klaassen, Schone, Ziyech, Traore, Dolberg, Younes.
Substitutions: Boer, Westermann, Tete, Van de Beek, De Jong, Kluivert, David Neres.
11:50 PM: Manchester United XI: Romero (GK), Valencia (C), Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Herrera, Fellaini, Mata, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.
Substitutions: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Carrick, Lingard, Martian, Rooney.
11:45 PM: Hello and welcome to the UEFA Europa League 2017 final between Ajax and Manchester United. This is your host Sourav Neogi.
Published: Thu May 25, 2017 02:14 AM IST