Ajax (1) vs (0) Tottenham – 21:00 SAST
Ajax and Tottenham collide for another high-octane encounter as they meet for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.
The pair played out an entertaining first leg a week ago at Spurs’ rocking new north London stadium.
Read our full first leg match report right here.
But it was the newly-crowned Dutch Eredivisie champions that pilfered an away goal with the only strike of the match, something which could prove mighty useful at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Eric ten Hag’s youngsters came out swinging in the English capital, with Donny van de Beek breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute with a nerveless finish past Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.
Injury was then added to insult for the EPL club as Jan Vertonghen clashed badly with team-mate Toby Alderweireld when going up for a header, with the former receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch.
The defender tried to carry on against his former club, before suffering an alarming dizzy spell that left him being carried down the tunnel with attitudes to concussion in the sport firmly back in the spotlight.
Dele Alli spurned a hat-trick of second half opportunities, summing up the battle Mauricio Pochettino’s side are facing to keep their energy and skill levels high at the sharp end of the season.
With Ajax boasting a lead going into the second half of the tie, they’ll fancy a repeat of the blistering form that saw them past continental giants Real Madrid and Juventus in the previous knockout rounds.
They’ll need it if they are to progress to meet the winners of Tuesday night’s other semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Barcelona, with Lionel Messi’s men firmly in charge ahead of their Tuesday night tussle.