Ajax continues the European adventure in the Europa League with the tricky diptych against Lille. Follow the duel in Northern France, which starts at 9pm, in this live blog.
Ajax started the season in the Champions League, but finished in a pool with Liverpool, Atalanta Bergamo and FC Midtjylland in third place. The sequel in the Europa League will not be easier. In Lille, the team of coach Erik ten Hag hit the leader of France, who had to collect only one goal in the last eight league matches.
Ajax will travel to France with a battered crew. Goalkeeper Andre Onana is missing because of a prolonged doping suspension, and Sebastién Haller is not allowed to play because Ajax has forgotten to put his record purchase on the UEFA registration list. If the Amsterdammers manage to eliminate Lille, the striker will not be allowed to take action for the rest of the Europa League campaign. Lille plays Sven Botman, who was sold by Ajax last summer and impresses in France.
Next Thursday at 18.55 pm Ajax and Lille will play the return in Amsterdam.