Lyon have to go for it says Anthony Lopes


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Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes says his side’s 4-1 Europa League defeat at Ajax was a “disaster” but he has refused to give up on progressing to the final.

The French outfit face a mammoth task to recover the deficit after a heavy defeat in Amsterdam in the first leg of their semi-final showdown.

Les Gones started brightly, but Ajax were far more clinical and they raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Bertrand Traore, Kasper Dolberg and Amin Younes.

Mathieu Valbuena did pull a goal back for Lyon in the second half but Traore then grabbed a second to give Ajax a commanding lead ahead of the return leg in France.

Lopes concedes Lyon face an uphill battle if they are to reach the Europa League final but he insists they can yet progress at the expense of Ajax.

“It’s a disaster. We had intentions at the beginning of the match but they passed,” he told the club’s website.

“They have very technical players who make the right pass. We also have situations and we don’t [make the right passes].

“There are reasons for hope. It’s 90 minutes and we’re going to have to go for 3-0 or 4-1. We must try to digest this disappointment first.”

Lyon are now 11.00 to win the Europa League outright, while Ajax can be backed at 3.00. Lyon are 1.70 to beat Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday or 12.00 to win 3-1.

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