Ever-impressive Ajax took control of their Champions League semifinal against Tottenham with a 1-0 first-leg victory in London on Tuesday.

The Dutch side brought their swashbuckling style to the newly christened Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and got the away goal they were looking for — and deserved — through Donny van de Beek after just 15 minutes.

The game was briefly halted when Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen had to be helped off the field shortly after attempting to play on following a clash of heads just after the half-hour mark.

Vertonghen challenged for a header in the Ajax area but slammed his face into the back of teammate Toby Alderweireld‘s head, leaving him with blood pouring from a cut on his nose. Vertonghen received treatment on the field and went to change his bloodied white jersey before returning to the game.

He didn’t last long before going across to the sideline, leaning over and struggling to stand. He had to be helped down the tunnel by two medical officials.

Tottenham looked a different side after the break, moving the ball much quicker and putting the visitors on the back foot with wave after wave of attacks.

But David Neres came closest to the game’s second goal with nearly 10 minutes remaining when, from a sweeping counter-attack, his sided-footed shot from the left struck the far post with Hugo Lloris left stranded.

The return leg will be played on Wednesday, May 8 at the Amsterdam Arena.


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