Ajax reach first Europa League semi-finals in 20 years in extra time thriller

Ajax reach first Europa League semi-finals in 20 years in extra time thriller

Ajax celebrate. Photo: VI Images via HH Amsterdam football club Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Europa League for the first time in 20 years on Thursday night, beating German side Schalke 04 in a thrilling match that went to extra time. The Amsterdammers will now meet Lyon in the semi-finals, which take place next month. Ajax and Lyon’s four previous meetings all came in the Champions League group stage. The Dutch side won home and away in the first group stage in 2001/02, before two 0-0 draws in 2011/12.

Ajax won the first leg against Schalke at home 2-0 last week and looked into be in a comfortable position,…