The Official Result of Uefa Europa League Semi-final draw
The official result of the #UELdraw!
AFC Ajax v OL – Olympique Lyonnais
RC Celta v Manchester United
Ajax v Lyon (Wednesday 3 May, 18:45CEST)
Celta v Man. United (Thursday 4 May, 21:05CEST)
Return legs both taking place in 11 May, 21:05CEST
In a poll held on the Ajax official Twitter about who fans wanted in the draw, Lyon came out bottom with 12% of the vote. Celta were the team most fans wanted with 58%, while 30% preferred Man. United.
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Celta’s John Guidetti will know his way round Man. United’s home city; he was on the books at Manchester City from 2008-15.
Celta also have a notable Old Trafford old boy; US-born Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi was on the Red Devils’ books from 2004-07, scoring once in five league appearances.
Ajax’s last taste of French opposition was a 3-1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage. That made their overall record against Ligue 1 sides W10 D5 L7.
Ajax are without a win in their last five games against French clubs (D3 L2).
Ajax’s record in two-legged ties against French clubs is W3 L3 – although they have been beaten in their last three such encounters.
Lyon have won two of their three knockout ties against Dutch opponents, and even when they lost the tie, it took penalties for PSV Eindhoven to get the better of them, in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after two 1-1 draws. The Ligue 1 side beat PSV in the following season’s round of 16 (1-0 a, 4-0 h) before this season’s defeat of AZ.
United have won only one of their last eight meetings against Spanish clubs, drawing three and losing four. That run includes the 3-1 defeat by Barcelona in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final.
Manchester United’s record against Spanish sides is W12 D19 L16.
United have won two of their three European semi-finals against Spanish opposition, all in the European Cup. Most recently they beat Barcelona in 2007/08 (0-0 a, 1-0 h), also getting the better of Real Madrid in 1967/68 (1-0 h, 3-3 a) – going on to win the trophy in both of those seasons.
United also lost to Madrid in the 1956/57 European Cup semi-finals (1-3 a, 2-2 h).
Celta’s record against English clubs is W5 D0 L4, although they have lost their last three games – against Arsenal in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-3 h, 0-2 a) and Newcastle in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage (1-2 a).
That first-leg defeat against Arsenal in 2004 ended a run of five successive victories against Premier League opposition, home and away.
Celta have played English opposition in a European semi-final before, beating Aston Villa in the 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup (1-0 h, 2-1 a).
Ajax and Lyon’s four previous meetings all came in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Dutch side won home (2-1) and away (2-0) in the first group stage in 2002/03, before two 0-0 draws in 2011/12.