Wednesday November 3, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Stade Abbé Deschamps

AJ Auxerre 2 - 1 Ajax

  • Sammaritano 9’
  • Langil 84’
  • Alderweireld 79’

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  1. Clinical Auxerre see off Ajax

    Clinical Auxerre see off Ajax

    Auxerre made Ajax pay for wasted chances to win 2-1 and keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout rounds alive. More

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    Time:90'
    • AJ Auxerre
    • Ajax
    • 90+3' Ajax go close! A defensive header nearly wrongfoots Sorin and goes out for a corner, which Suarez whips in. The ball ricochets about in the area, and Eriksen has an airshot, before the ball is cleared. Sorin catches the ball launched into the box. And that's it! Full time! Auxerre win!
    • 90' Three minutes of time added on here
    • 89' Missed a substitution from earlier - Berthod replaced the goal scorer Sammaritano for Auxerre.
    • 89' Ajax continue to press forward, but the Auxerre fans are celebrating now.
    • 87' Eriksen wastes a set piece with an overhit cross.
    • 86' Ajax are making their frustration known here: Vertonghen gets a yellow card.
    • 85' Suarez gets a booking for a late challenge on Ndinga.
    • 84' Auxerre take the lead! Some quick thinking from Chafni, who is fouled down the right hand side. He takes the free kick quickly, playing in Langil who races clear behind the Ajax back line and then slots it through Stekelenburg's legs! 2-1 Auxerre! Clinical!
    • 83' Ajax sub: the excellent Demy de Zeeuw is replaced by Christian Eriksen
    • 81' Both teams going for a win now! Langil gets into the penalty area, but doesn't get his shot away quick enough and Vertonghen makes the tackle!
    • 80' Auxerre sub: Contout is replaced by Chafni
    • 79' And it's there! Alderweireld converts the corner! A free header, leaving Sorin with no chance! 1-1!
    • 77' Off the line! The keeper comes to collect the corner, punches only as far as the edge of the area and then a looping header is cleared off the line! Suarez follows up, and again it's off the line! Ajax piling on the pressure now!
    • 75' Auxerre venture forward on a rare attack, and this leaves gaps at the back when the ball is lost in the Ajax half. A brilliant ball finds de Jong running in behind the trailing Auxerre defence but Grichting makes a brilliant saving tackle to prevent a goal! Corner to Ajax!
    • 72' It's all Ajax, and has been for the last 15 minutes. Their final ball or shot has let them down so far and Auxerre look comfortable at the moment.
    • 71' When Auxerre do get the ball, they have one option, which is to chip it over the top for Langil. So far, all the balls have been well overhit.
    • 69' El Hamdaoui gets to the right byline and manages to chip a ball back across the face of goal! It's headed towards the centre of the goal where Sorin takes it, but Suarez is backing in and tries to push the keeper into the net! Sorin just about manages to keep the ball from going over the line, and the referee doesn't blow for a foul.
    • 68' Auxerre have left just Langil up front, with a midfield five now sitting deep in front of their own defence. At the minute Ajax are doing well to past around them, and have been creating chances, but the finishing has not been good enough.
    • 67' A ball over the top finds Suarez, who knocks the ball down for El Hamdaoui to hit first time! He snatches at the ball though and his shot is straight at the keeper.
    • 66' Ajax are getting very close! van der Wiel crosses from the right, and the ball finds its way to de Zeeuw at the far post, who takes a quick touch and rushes a volley! It goes a couple of yards wide, but Sorin was rooted to the spot!
    • 65 Langil is almost played in behind the Ajax defence who are playing very high up the pitch now, but he falls over.
    • 63' Auxerre sub: Quercia is replaced by Steeven Langil.
    • 62' Ajaz are looking very dangerous, particularly through Suarez! First he combines with van der Wiel down the right and wins a corner, then after the corner is cleared he receives the ball wide on the left, beats his man inside the penalty area and then toe pokes the ball just wide of the post!
    • 61' And the change almost immediately pays off! van der Wiel gets to the byline down the right and whips a cross in that Suarez crashes against the bar!
    • 60' Ajax are going pretty attacking here. They take off Anita, a left back and replace him with Miralem Sulejmani, a forward.
    • 60' Lovely play from Ajax! First Sorin just manages to punch clear with El Hamdaoui lurking, and then de Zeeuw and de Jong play a one-two on the edge of the area before de Jong drives narrowly over the bar!
    • 58' Auxerre win a corner, and Coulibaly, who is absolutely massive, wins a header but heads it straight at Vertonghen. He then tries a volley, but reveals himself to be a centre back by smashing it straight up into the air and over the bar!
    • 57' A really good period of extended pressure here from Ajax. They need to test the keeper more though. van der Wiel does so, but it's a weak effort from distance and straight at Sorin.
    • 55' A really good delivery from Suarez which Alderweireld just fails to connect to and Ndinga heads behind for another corner, which is taken short, and wasted when an overhit pass goes out for a throw on the other side of hte pitch.
    • 54' Suarez wins a corner off Ndinga down the left hand side after a scrappy passage of play.
    • 51' Lindgren rises unopposed in the Ajax area to meet a cross, but can only direct the header wide of he far post.
    • 49' Birsa floats in a hopeful cross, Ndinga gets a head to it, but heads it behind him.. where the rightback Hengbart meets the ball first time on the volley! It's straight at Stekelenburg though. He caught that volley very sweetly though.
    • 47' Auxerre win a corner, but it's headed clear easily enough.
    • 46' de Jong very nearly plays in Emaunuelson but overhits his pass and then Sorin beats de Jong to the eventual cross.
    • 45' And the second half gets underway with Ajax kicking off.
    • 45' Ajax have replaced Eyong Enoh with Siem de Jong
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of time added, and that's up. Half time Auxerre lead Ajax 1-0.
    • 45+1' Ajax have a free kick on the left. de Zeeuw delivers the ball in, but it's overhit and the keeper collects, while falling over comically and only just managing to keep from tumbling over the line for a corner.
    • 45' Birsa finds space in the box after van der Wiel slips over! He fails to get the ball out from under his feet though, and is closed out.
    • 44' Pedretti whips the ball in, and it's flicked on and saved well by Stekelenburg! Auxerre are looking dangerous at the moment!
    • 44' Pedretti delivers the corner and Stekelenburg punches clear. El Hamdaoui is penalised for a high foot on Pedretti though, and Auxerre have another opportunity o cross the ball in.
    • 43' Really good run from Birsa down the left. He twists and turns, but van der Wiel does well to stay with him, and Birsa settles for a corner.
    • 42' So close from Suarez! He cuts inside and then back down the right leaving Grichting and Dudka in his wake before lashing a shot across the face of the goal! It flies past the keeper before he's had a chance to move and then a yard past the post!
    • 41' Sammaritano has Stekelenburg diving to his left at full stretch with an effort from distance that whistles past the post!
    • 40' van der Wiel goes in the book for a late trip on Birsa.
    • 39' Excellent play from Ajax! Suarez, Enoh and van der Wiel combine down the right before a dangerous cross from Suarez is unconvincingly cleared as far as Lindgren. He threads the ball out wide for Suarez, but the Uruguayan allows the ball to go out for a goal kick thinking he's won a corner.
    • 38' Possession: Auxerre 39% Ajax 61%.
    • 36' Ndinga again does well down the right. This time he wins a corner off Anita. Pedretti takes, and Stekelenburg punches clear.
    • 34' End to end stuff at the moment! Suarez gets played in by Emanuelson down the left, he crosses across the face of goal but Sorin does well to pluck it out of the air with de Zeeuw running in to head into the empty net.
    • 33' Pedretti takes the free kick, but can only hit the wall.
    • 32' Vertonghen catches Quercia and Auxerre have a free kick 35-yards from goal.
    • 31' Ndinga gets down the right flank well for Auxerre and whips in a dangerous cross. Vertonghen gets a good head to it to clear.
    • 30' Suarez takes the corner but it's a poor delivery. de Zeeuw recovers possession and beats his man to get to the right byline. His pull back is poorly cleared, but Enoh's effort is even worse. Goal kick.
    • 29' Ajax are just guilty of overplaying it here, with Suarez taking one too many touches inside the area after excellent work from Emanuelson. The ball is cleared but only as far as Lindgren whose shot deflects out for a corner.
    • 27' Birsa darts down the left, uses Dudka's run as a decoy before cutting inside and having a go on his right foot. Stekelenburg dives, but has it covered and allows it to go past the post for a goal kick
    • 26' Suarez fails to play in de Zeeuw after the midfielder made a lung busting run past him, with the Uruguayun instead choosing to cut inside, but took a bad touch and lost the ball.
    • 25' Frustration from Suarez as he fails to connect cleanly with a decent ball from de Zeeuw.
    • 23' Pedretti takes the free kick, but fails to find anyone in a white shirt and Ajax can clear.
    • 22' Enoh fouls Pedretti wide on the left. Chance for Auxerre to deliver a set piece.
    • 20' Auxerre get forward and a Pedretti cross finds Sammaritano who can't direct his header on target.
    • 19' Enoh slips a ball to de Zeeuw in the Auxerre area, but play is brought back for a foul as de Zeeuw is adjudged to have caught Ndinga in the build up.
    • 18' Suarez is nearly picked out well by Enoh, but the pass is cut out at the last moment.
    • 17' Auxerre are happy to defend deep, and have left just one player up front. Their two named forwards tonight, Quercia and Sammaritano mostly play as midfielders or wingers usually, so will be happy to drop deep and defend as they look to defend this 1-0 lead.
    • 15' A long ball is punted forward for Quercia to chase, but Stekelenburg comes out quickly to collect.
    • 14' That's a rash tackle from Vertonghen on Quercia in the centre circle. He gets a talking to from Clattenburg.
    • 13' Auxerre have barely had the ball so far, yet they find themselves in the lead.
    • 11' Great play from Ajax! A lovely ball is chipped over the top and Demy de Zeeuw is clean through! As the ball drops over his shoulder he rifles a shot which has Sorin beaten, but flies just an inch or two past the post! Wonderful stuff.
    • 9' It's in! And Auxerre have scored! Completely against the run of play! Sammaratino with the goal! Birsa crossed from deep on the left and Quercia did really well to chest it down into Sammaratino's path. His shot was far from clean and looked to have taken a deflection, but it crept inside the post! 1-0 to Auxerre!
    • 6' A loose ball falls to Emanuelson and he drives in a shot which flies a couple of yards over the bar with Sorin at full stretch.
    • 5' Suarez gets free in the box and shoots! But it's a poor effort and nearly goes out for a throw in before Emanuelson picks up the ball wide on the left. His delivery is a good one, but it's cleared well.
    • 4' Suarez with a lovely flick just fails to find El Hamdaoui running through the middle.
    • 3' Suarez takes, his first effort is headed behind for another corner, and the second delivery isn't good enough and goes for a goal kick after Anita fails to flick it on.
    • 3' Ajax captain Luis Suarez wins a corner on the right off Dudka
    • 1' Auxerre immediately attack down the right, and win a throw , but Stekelenburg collects easily.
    • 1' And we're off!
    • 19:40 Despite boasting nine goals already this season, Ajax striker Luis Suarez has not found the net in any of his last seven games!
    • 19:35 Auxerre's Stephane Grichting is on a yellow card and will miss the next match if booked tonight.
    • 19:30 FORM: Ajax are unbeaten in five after a shock loss at home to FC Utrecht at the beginning of October.
    • 19:25 FORM: After losing in Amsterdam Auxerre have won all of their three matches including a 3-2 away win over PSG in Ligue 1.
    • 19:20 Both sides will be looking to their leading scorers to provide the goals, with Auxerre relying on Benoit Pedretti (5 goals in 14 games this season) and Ajax on Luis Suarez (9 in 13).
    • 19:15 And the referee tonight is Mark Clattenburg (England)
    • 19:15 Ajax: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita, Enoh, De Zeeuw, Lindgren, Suarez, Emanuelson, El Hamdaoui SUBS: Verhoeven, Sulejmani, Eriksen, De Jong, Blind, Tainio, Oleguer
    • 19:15 Auxerre Team: Sorin, Hengbart, Coulibaly, Grichting, Dudka, Contout, Pedretti, Ndinga, Birsa, Sammaritano, Quercia SUBS: Riou, Chafni, Sidibe, Langil, Berthod, Bourgeois, Ntep
    • 19:10 Ajax beat Auxerre 2-1 last month with goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Luis Suarez. However, it was a bad tempered affair with both sides finishing with 10 men after Ooijer was sent off while Ajax were 2-0 up. Valter Birsa converted the free kick resulting from Ooijer's dismissal but couldn't find an equaliser and saw Dennis Oliech sent off in the 84th minute.
    • 19:05 Team news: Andres Ooijer is suspended but Spanish defender Olegeur could make his comeback after fracturing his nose in the first meeting between these two sides.
    • 19:00 Team news: Auxerre will be without suspended striker Dennis Oliech, and young midfielder Alain Traore who has been ruled out through injury. Anthony Le Tallec faces a late fitness test alongside Ireneusz Jelen.
    • 18:55 Auxerre currently lie dead last in Group G having lost all their matches so far, while Ajax are third tied with Milan on four points. To have any real hope of qualifying Auxerre need a big win, while Ajax will be looking to put pressure on Milan who play Real Madrid tonight.
    • 18:50 Welcome to Eurosport for live coverage of tonights Champions League clash between Auxerre and Ajax from Group G!
  • Summary

    • 84' Auxerre take the lead! Some quick thinking from Chafni, who is fouled down the right hand side. He takes the free kick quickly, playing in Langil who races clear behind the Ajax back line and then slots it through Stekelenburg's legs! 2-1 Auxerre! Clinical!
    • 79' And it's there! Alderweireld converts the corner! A free header, leaving Sorin with no chance! 1-1!
    • 77' Off the line! The keeper comes to collect the corner, punches only as far as the edge of the area and then a looping header is cleared off the line! Suarez follows up, and again it's off the line! Ajax piling on the pressure now!
    • 75' Auxerre venture forward on a rare attack, and this leaves gaps at the back when the ball is lost in the Ajax half. A brilliant ball finds de Jong running in behind the trailing Auxerre defence but Grichting makes a brilliant saving tackle to prevent a goal! Corner to Ajax!
    • 62' Ajaz are looking very dangerous, particularly through Suarez! First he combines with van der Wiel down the right and wins a corner, then after the corner is cleared he receives the ball wide on the left, beats his man inside the penalty area and then toe pokes the ball just wide of the post!
    • 61' And the change almost immediately pays off! van der Wiel gets to the byline down the right and whips a cross in that Suarez crashes against the bar!
    • 60' Lovely play from Ajax! First Sorin just manages to punch clear with El Hamdaoui lurking, and then de Zeeuw and de Jong play a one-two on the edge of the area before de Jong drives narrowly over the bar!
    • 49' Birsa floats in a hopeful cross, Ndinga gets a head to it, but heads it behind him.. where the rightback Hengbart meets the ball first time on the volley! It's straight at Stekelenburg though. He caught that volley very sweetly though.
    • 44' Pedretti whips the ball in, and it's flicked on and saved well by Stekelenburg! Auxerre are looking dangerous at the moment!
    • 42' So close from Suarez! He cuts inside and then back down the right leaving Grichting and Dudka in his wake before lashing a shot across the face of the goal! It flies past the keeper before he's had a chance to move and then a yard past the post!
    • 11' Great play from Ajax! A lovely ball is chipped over the top and Demy de Zeeuw is clean through! As the ball drops over his shoulder he rifles a shot which has Sorin beaten, but flies just an inch or two past the post! Wonderful stuff.
    • 9' It's in! And Auxerre have scored! Completely against the run of play! Sammaratino with the goal! Birsa crossed from deep on the left and Quercia did really well to chest it down into Sammaratino's path. His shot was far from clean and looked to have taken a deflection, but it crept inside the post! 1-0 to Auxerre!
    • 19:15 Ajax: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita, Enoh, De Zeeuw, Lindgren, Suarez, Emanuelson, El Hamdaoui SUBS: Verhoeven, Sulejmani, Eriksen, De Jong, Blind, Tainio, Oleguer
    • 19:15 Auxerre Team: Sorin, Hengbart, Coulibaly, Grichting, Dudka, Contout, Pedretti, Ndinga, Birsa, Sammaritano, Quercia SUBS: Riou, Chafni, Sidibe, Langil, Berthod, Bourgeois, Ntep
    • 18:50 Welcome to Eurosport for live coverage of tonights Champions League clash between Auxerre and Ajax from Group G!

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    Manager: Jean Fernandez

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