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Spurs vs Ajax – Champions League semi-final first leg player ratings: who was impressive and who fail?

It is advantage to the Dutchmen following Ajax’s flying start in north London on Tuesday night, but which players impressed as Tottenham Hotspur lost the Champions League semi-final first leg and who let themselves down?

Kieran Trippier was substituted and replaced by Juan Foyth CREDIT: ACTION IMAGES

Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2)

Hugo Lloris

Helpless for the Van de Beek goal but did excellently with his legs to prevent the Ajax midfielder from scoring a quickfire second. 6/10

Toby Alderweireld

Failed to hit the target with a free header from Trippier’s free-kick. Helped to marshal Tadic as Spurs grew into the game later on. 6/10

Davinson Sanchez

A difficult evening in which he appeared to be targeted by his former club. His recovery speed was useful when Ajax countered. 5/10

Jan Vertonghen

Forced to leave the field in worrying circumstances. Was barely able to stand after an accidental collision with Alderweireld had left him bloodied and dazed. 5/10

Kieran Trippier

Played Van de Beek onside for the opening goal. Deliveries were inconsistent but crosses for Alderweireld and Llorente created two of Spurs’ best chances. 5/10

Danny Rose stretches for the ball midway through the first half CREDIT: EPA

Christian Eriksen

Never as influential as he would have wanted to be. Spoke volumes that some of his best moments were when he helped out defensively. 6/10

Victor Wanyama

Had plenty of work to do to plug the gaps in the midfield. Isolated early on and he struggled with the intensity of the Ajax pressing. 5/10

Dele Alli

Looked a different player after Sissoko’s arrival. Allowed to push further forward, he tested Onana with a fierce effort. 6/10

Danny Rose

Boisterous and tireless down the left, where Ziyech kept him busy. Forever willing but final pass or cross was generally snuffed out. 6/10

Lucas Moura

The home side’s most industrious and creative attacker. His scarpering runs caused problems for Ajax. Would have hoped for one clear chance. 7/10

Fernando Llorente

Should have hit the target with a first-half header from Trippier’s delivery. Had moments of joy against Blind, but not enough. 6/10

Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Davies, Dier, Skipp, Sissoko


Ajax (4-2-3-1) 

Andre Onana

Commanding from crosses against a considerable aerial threat from the home side. Occasionally loose in his distribution. 6/10

Joel Veltman

Not afraid to tussle with Rose in the early exchanges, then produced timely tackle on Lucas. Booked for wrestling with Alli after losing possession. 5/10

Matthijs de Ligt impressed once again CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Matthijs de Ligt

Visibly and audibly the leader of the side, despite his tender years. More than willing to engage Llorente in a physical battle. 8/10

Daley Blind

Forward passing into midfield was a theme of Ajax’s early dominance. Perhaps fortunate to avoid a booking for a clumsy hit on Lucas. 7/10

Nicolas Tagliafico

Rightly booked for preventing a Spurs counter-attack with a late lunge on Eriksen. Scared Lloris with a fizzing low drive after the break. 6/10

Lasse Schone

Sloppier in possession than his team-mates. Always busy, though, and always bustling around Eriksen and Alli in the Spurs midfield. 6/10

Frenkie de Jong

Looks to be worth every penny of the £65 million Barcelona have spent on him. Repeatedly nicked the ball and always wanted possession. 8/10

Hakim Ziyech

Sleek and sharp in possession. Terrific pass picked out Van de Beek for the opening goal. More of a passenger as Spurs grew stronger. 7/10

Matthijs de Ligt impressed once again CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Donny van de Beek

Had the composure and the skill to sit Lloris down before finishing into the corner, then nearly scored a second a few minutes later. 8/10

David Neres

Provided the speed in behind the Spurs defence when the other attackers dropped deep. Struck the foot of the post after rapid counter. 7/10

Dusan Tadic

Generally menacing but not as productive as in previous rounds. Unable to hold the ball up on the occasions when Ajax were forced to go long. 6/10

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