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Ahead of the first Uefa Champions league emi finals first leg tonight, Tottenham have hope of getting ahead haven already faced Dutch opposition this season, taking four points from their two group games against PSV Eindhoven.
While Ajax are not only banking on their recent form and young talents but also on their personal record in European competitions.
Fresh from memorable quarter-final victories, Tottenham and Ajax meet in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with a place in the Madrid final on offer for the winners.
Both sides have ended long waits to make it to this stage. While the most recent of Ajax’s eight European Cup semi-finals came in 1997, Spurs have featured in the competition’s last four only once previously – 57 years ago, in their debut season of European competition.
The teams have met in only one previous European tie, Spurs winning 6-1 on aggregate in the 1981/82 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round.
Goals from Glenn Hoddle, Mark Falco and Ricardo Villa helped the English club to a 3-1 first-leg win in Amsterdam, the home side’s sole response coming from Søren Lerby.
Falco was again on target in the return at White Hart Lane, scoring the second goal in a 3-0 home win with Tony Galvin and Osvaldo Ardiles also on target.
Spurs went on to reach the semi-finals of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup, eventually losing 2-1 on aggregate to Barcelona.
Tottenham are the seventh English club to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, an outright competition record that was previously shared with Spain. They are the only one of the four semi-finalists yet to win the European Cup – or indeed reach the final.
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