It only took Ajax Amsterdam 15 minutes to get a goal courtesy of Donny van de Beek’s in their Champions League last-four tie.
Ajax’s away impressive form, took a big step towards reaching their first champions league final since 1996 as the early strike earned them a 1-0 first-leg advantage at Tottenham in their semi-final clash.
The Eredivisie leaders almost scored a second on Tuesday only for David Neres’ late effort to come back off a post, but they still took charge of the tie ahead of the return leg in Amsterdam coming week.
Ajax wasted no time at all in stamping their authority on the contest and it was no surprise to see them take the lead in the 15th minute.
The in form Dutch youngster Van de Beek, involved earlier in the move when he brilliantly flicked the ball away from Dele Alli, drifted between Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose, collected Ziyech’s pass and calmly placed his finish beyond Lloris to make it 1-0.
Spurs looked most dangerous from set pieces as Fernando Llorente and Toby Alderweireld who came so close to scoring were off target.
More damage beyond Harry Kane injury and Son Heung-min suspension, came when a battered and bloodied Vertonghen came off after a collision with Alderweireld’s head that saw Pochetinos game plan change and introduced Moussa Sissoko.
Ajax were unlucky not score a second from a counter attack when Neres’ poor finish with 12 minutes to go came back off a post with Lloris already beaten.