Ajax conceded a dramatic 96th-minute objective towards Tottenham, who claimed a last-gasp 3-2 victory to progress 3-Three on away targets in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
After gorgeous holders Real Madrid and Juventus en path to the semi-finals, Ajax appeared on observe to succeed in their first European decider since 1996 because of captain Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.
De Ligt and Ziyech scored within the first half to place Ajax 2-Zero forward on the evening and 3-Zero on mixture earlier than Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick spoiled the Dutch get together midweek.
Reflecting on the match, De Jong – who is ready to hitch Barcelona on the finish of the season – stated: “I believe we deserved to succeed in the ultimate, given the way in which we performed all through the match and in addition within the first half tonight. In saying that, Spurs additionally earned their proper with that second-half efficiency
“I believe everybody loved what we did within the Champions League this season, it was like a fairytale. Sadly, it was one with an sad ending. So disappointing to present it away in the previous few seconds.
“We confirmed in patches what we had been able to. However within the second half they triggered us a number of issues. It’s certainly the third tie in a row during which we have gained away however failed to take action at dwelling. I do not actually know why.
“We at all times attempt to play the identical, dwelling or away. And if we might stored up our first-half efficiency we may positively have gained this night.”
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) May 8, 2019
The Dutch aspect must rebound rapidly.
Nonetheless within the hunt for his or her home crown, Ajax sit degree on factors PSV on the prime of the desk with simply two matches to play.
They will be again on the pitch Sunday towards Utrecht earlier than closing their season towards De Graafschap subsequent Wednesday.