Ajax draw Lyon in Europa League semi-final

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Yet, despite having Joel Veltman sent off in the 80th minute, Ajax replied with a scrambled goal from Nick Viergever and a clinical effort from Amin Younes in the last 10 minutes of extra-time to bring it back to 3-2 and win 4-3 on aggregate.

Ajax won the first leg against Schalke at home 2-0 last week and looked into be in a comfortable position, but the Germans scored twice, taking the score to level pegging.

Schalke had the best of the early chances in the return, with Goretzka shooting wide in the first minute before Max Meyer struck the post moments later.

Ajax will make their first appearance in a European semi-final in 20 years, while Schalke can now fully focus on their domestic duties.

Goretzka scored the opening goal at Veltins Arena but was forced off in the 84th minute after colliding with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

Schalke gained momentum and equalized their first-leg loss when Sead Kolasinac's cross found Guido Burgstaller, who volleyed home to double the lead just three minutes later. Due to the away goal by the visitor's things changed, as Schalke needed another goal to progress.

"We will need a couple of days to digest this elimination".

As the whistle blew to end the first 45, both players received treatment, which for Goretzka, continued into the dressing room.

"But he gave everything, and we are very proud of him and hope that it's not all that dramatic".

It was touch and go on several occasions, but Ajax just about saw off Schalke to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday evening.

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