Tuesday September 28, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Amsterdam ArenA

Ajax 1 - 1 AC Milan

  • El Hamdaoui 23’
  • Ibrahimovic 37’

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    Time:90'
    • Ajax
    • AC Milan
    • 90+2 There's the whistle. 1-1, Milan second as Real Madrid go top - they beat Auxerre in France.
    • 90+1 Nesta with a weak defensive header that Suarez latches on to but the ball in from De Jong is poor and out for a goal kick.
    • 90' Suarez is caught offside again. Milan taking their time over this.
    • 89' Ajax are pushing for a late win, they know this is a match that could well define who goes through the group of death.
    • 88' Suarez wriggles clear in the box but Antonini and Silva snuff out the danger.
    • 87' Ibra aims a delicate low cross to Inzaghi but the keeper reads it.
    • 86' With his first act Inzaghi springs the offside trap but the whistle had already gone!
    • 85' MILAN SUB: Seedorf comes off to a standing ovation from both sets of fans, Abate on. Inzaghi is also on, for Robinho.
    • 84' AMAZING SAVE FROM STEKELENBURG! Wow what a stop! Ibra won the ball on the left and, with Ajax all over the place, drilled a low ball to the unmarked Boateng who smashed it into the roof of the net but somehow, only he knows how, the keeper flung himself and an arm out to tip it away!
    • 83' Milan are starting to knock it about quite nicely now as they sense snatching a late win.
    • 82' Silva chasing back knocks it away from Suarez for a throw.
    • 81' Ibra with a speculative shot from range but easy for Stekelenburg.
    • 80' Suarez is played in but Silva uses his body well to get between him and the ball, leading the World Cup star to foul the Brazilian.
    • 80' AJAX SUB: Lindgren on for De Zeuuw.
    • 79' AGAIN Ajax overcook it. So frustrating as El Hamdaoui puts Sulejmani in on the left but, when he should shoot, he cuts it back to Suarez, who lobs it aimlessly high and wide.
    • 78' Antonini is playing well now, as the only Milan defender with real pace he is sweeping up every time Ajax threaten to get in behind.
    • 77' Ibra almost releases Boateng but Alderweireld is there to pass it back to Stekelenburg. This match has drifted into indifference.
    • 76' Antonini hacks the ball clear after De Zeeuw's low cross almost dropped to El Hamdaoui.
    • 74' Boateng with a clever flick in to Robinho but he can't bring it down and Ajax clear.
    • 73' Corner to Milan on the left which Pirlo puts in but headed away. Seedorf has a pop but blocked and eventually Ajax bring it clear.
    • 72' Ibra tries one from range but caught by Stekelenburg.
    • 71' Boateng fires over from an angle after Pirlo did well to salvage a lost cause, Robinho culpable for not thinking quickly enough when the ball came on to him in space on the edge of the box.
    • 70' Sulejmani finds some space on the left, he's beyond Zambrotta but the cross is hooked clear by a flying Silva.
    • 69' Terrible free-kick, so bad that Gattuso has time to chest it down and bring the ball clear. De Zeeuw tackles Robinho, throw on the Milan left.
    • 68' Antonini will see yellow for clumsily tripping Suarez from behind as the Uruguayan spun off him.
    • 68' Ajax overplay it as Suarez tries a delicate lob into the box with no-one on the overlap: Zambrotta guides it out for a goal kick.
    • 67' Ibra on the left doesn't know whether to cross or shoot and ends up doing neither, Stekelenburg claiming into his chest.
    • 66' The crowd gasp at some wicked skill from El Hamdaoui on the right wing but it yields nothing as Milan clear.
    • 65' Gattuso is booked for persistent fouling, bundling De Zeeuw over on halfway.
    • 64' Robinho curls it over from the edge of the D after some great build-up play, Pirlo with a super shimmy and pass wide to Boateng, who rifles the cross in for Ibra to knock it down casually to Robinho.
    • 63' Gattuso trips Enoh on the Ajax right, a foul nothing more but Ajax are moaning. De Zeeuw and Sulejmani are over it... Poor from the Serb, straight down Abbiati's throat again.
    • 62' Ibra gives away a free-kick. This half has been dirge-like to be honest.
    • 61' Gattuso with a foul in the middle but Sulejmani is wasteful with a long ball down Abbiati's throat.
    • 60' Robinho almost played in by Ibra but here come Ajax on the counter, snuffed out by Silva's backpass that Abbiati hoofs away.
    • 59' Zambrotta slides into the ankles of De Jong and rightly is booked.
    • 58' That was Ajax's seventh corner so far but it was poor. De Zeeuw gives the Prince a kick.
    • 57' Suarez is played in by Emmanuelson but his control, for once, lets him down and it spins off a defender for a corner.
    • 56' Nesta slides in to prevent Suarez from racing into the box.
    • 55' Ibra is played in from the free-kick but the flag is up.
    • 54' Enoh incurs the wrath of the Prince as he trips him. Yellow card, although KP's reaction was a touch overboard.
    • 53' Super skill by Hamdaoui to create space on the right but his cut back is cleared by Pirlo with Suarez ready to pounce. From the throw Suarez puts in a teasing ball far post, that Abbiati just about tips away! Now El Hamdaoui is in but Abbiati throws himself at his feet and the flag is up. Good spell for Ajax.
    • 52' Antonini impedes Suarez and Milan signal for a sub... Boateng on for Flamini, they think they can win this!
    • 51' Enoh slides through De Jong but a great saving challenge from Flamini. Down the other end Vertonghen repays the compliment to Ibra.
    • 50' Antonini gets forward and is falling as he plays it to Seedorf, who cannot quite get it through to Robinho.
    • 49' Gattuso is up. Watch your back Gregory.
    • 48' There's a Milan player down on the deck and it's Gattuso, who took a naughty elbow from Van der Wiel in the chest, and his shoulder in the chin. Ow. If he gets up from this I would be mighty scared it I were VdW...
    • 47' Confident start to the second from Milan as they cut Ajax apart with a frankly beautiful spell of one-touch pass-and-move football. Eventually Ibra backheels it to Robinho who mis-hits the shot miles wide.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - STATS: Milan have committed more fouls (7-5) and won zero corners to Ajax's five.
    • - STATS: Ajax have had 55% of possession and have had more chances than Milan - 7-4 although both have had three on target
    • 45+3 Half-time, 1-1 and quite a game so far!
    • 45+1 Three minutes added time being played.
    • 45' Robinho surges forward but goes down far too easily when confronted with Vertonghen. Play on says the ref as Ajax bring it clear. All a bit scrappy as Milan blow a couple of chances to clear their lines...
    • 44' El Hamdaoui almost combined with De Zeeuw on the edge of the box but Nesta intercepts to clear.
    • 43' Robinho clips a lovely pass wide to Ibra but intercepted, well vaguely as Ibra gets it anyway. Milan keep the ball for a handful of passes before Emmanuelson brings it clear.
    • 42' Not the greatest corner this time, headed away at the near post.
    • 41' Suarez puts the free-kick into the box where it hits Silva on the head and flies behind for a corner.
    • 40' Flamini takes out Emmanuelson and sees yellow. Free-kick 35-40 yards from goal...
    • 39' Robinho is booked for playing on when the referee blew for offside.
    • 39' AJAX SUB: Miralem Sulejmani is on for poor Anita.
    • 38' Anita, back on the pitch, is down again as Ibra goes over to have a chat with his old mate, signalling to the Ajax bench that he may well be done.
    • 37' 1-1! IBRA! What a counter from Milan as Seedorf raced down the right, knocking it across to Ibra - who was beyond the last defender but behind Seedorf - and the ex-Ajax man took it on the chest before king-fu kicking it into the right side of goal.
    • 36' Suarez loves the floor. He rolls around a bit for effect after winning a free-kick on the right.
    • 35' Anita is okay it seems. Well, he's on his feet but is off the pitch for more treatment. Ajax down to 10 for now.
    • 34' Zambrotta overhits the ball and collides with Anita, wich the ref views as a touch deliberate. Anita is down in a heap.
    • 33' Suarez harasses Zambrotta into a weak rushed clearance and it drops to El Hamdaoui but straight at Abbiati!
    • 32' Ajax are angry that Milan's Seedorf has not retreated enough. Vertonghen's shot hits Gattuso and Ajax are still raging.
    • 31' Ajax have a free-kick 30 yards out to the right after Pirlo handles Suarez's ball inside to El Hamdaoui.
    • 30' WHAT A MISS! Crikey. Robinho played clean through by Seedorf, the Ajax offside trap well and truly sprung, he had time and space and waited for the keeper to drop before inexplicably rolling it wide of the left-hand post. Gulp. Ibra looks like he's about to vomit.
    • 29' De Zeuuw and Emmanuelson almost combine through the middle but Milan can clear...
    • 28' Milan are being hemmed in now. Ajax dominating possession.
    • 27' Anita tries to play it in from the left but straight down Abbiati's throat.
    • 26' Van der Wiel plays a diagonal ball that Antonini meets first for an Ajax throw.
    • 25' Ajax have a corner on the right. Vertonghen and co are up for it but Flamini clears near post.
    • 24' Game on then! Can Milan come from behind? They've not been great at doing that this season. The crowd are jumping.
    • 23' GOAL AJAX! EL HAMDAOUI! The Moroccan turns brilliantly in a crowded box and fires into the roof of the net but what an assist! Suarez nutmegging Nesta on the left side of the box before tapping it inside.
    • 22' Suarez hurls himself to the floor as a long ball is swung into the Milan box, a clear dive as Zambrotta didn't come close to touching him. Book him!
    • 21' A good spell of pressure from Ajax stalls when De Zeuuw tries to be a bit too clever. Milan clear but Ibra is struggling at the moment and fails to control the pass.
    • 20' Antonini hacks away after El Hamdaoui almost worked his way into the six-yard box.
    • 20' De Jong on the Ajax right is closed out by three Milan players, as the Rossoneri break but a poor centre from Ibra with loads of support inside. Was that an audacious (and bad) shot?
    • 19' Robinho picks up a long ball on the left, super skill to cut inside and thread it wide to Flamini on the right but he shoots and sends it weakly at Stekelenburg.
    • 18' Seedorf gives it away on halfway and Ajax break, El Hamdaoui on the right and he plays it in FOR SUAREZ WHO IS CLEAN THROUGH but off the post and the flag was up. Two yards off.
    • 17' Milan overplay it in defence until Ibra getting back just whacks it upfield.
    • 16' Wide from El Hamdaoui! He shunted it on to his right and pummeled a low drive past Abbiati but also past the goal.
    • 15' Seedorf with a super ball to Robinho on the left, he wriggles inside and fires a low drive that Stekelenburg does really well to palm away not just from goal but from Ibra flying in!
    • 14' Emmanuelson with a poor cross given his options but it almost creeps over Abbiati, who ultimately claims with comfort.
    • 13' El Hamdaoui nods the ball up in the air and it drops for Suarez who lets it bounce and hammers a half-volley half a yard over with Abbiati covering.
    • 12' Suarez with a nice ball inside to El Hamdaoui, who wriggles away from Antonini but cannot cross so finds Saurez again, who wins a corner.
    • 11' Great skill by Ibra in the centre circle, turning away from his marker and laying the ball off.
    • 10' Suarez again on the wing but his cross aimed for El Hamdaoui is headed clear.
    • 9' Ibra gives it away but Pirlo does well to recover the ball from Suarez.
    • 8' Robinho on the left, he cuts inside, shimmies in and out and tries to feed Ibra but the hosts clear.
    • 7' Drop ball after Milan knock it out so an Ajax player can receive treatment.
    • 6' Suarez touches the ball inside to Emmanuelson but his low drive bobbles into the arms of Abbiati.
    • 5' Long ball catches Ajax asleep and Ibra brings it down, one-on-one with Vertonghen but a terrible second touch merely plays it backwards and the defender can block.
    • 4' Great wide play from Suarez on the right, weaving in and out of Antonini but his cross is too close to Abbiati.
    • 3' A poor first touch from Ibra after Flamini laid it up for him on the right side of the box, out for a goal kick.
    • 2' Ibra shows some nice skill and good strength to hold the ball up but his pass wide to Flamini is too heavy. Milan seeing most of the ball early on.
    • 1' Flamini and Ibra combine on the right but the latter's flick is out for a goal kick.
    • 1' The first half is underway in Amsterdam.
    • 19:40 Ex-Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who starts for Milan tonight (yes, a theme is emerging): "I am the greatest". Only kidding. "Attack is always the best defence - that is my philosophy," is what he said.
    • 19:35 Ex-Ajax midfielder Clarence Seedorf, who starts for Milan tonight: "The strength of Ajax lies in their enthusiasm. There is more to it than looking at that first match in Madrid, where they missed Luis Suarez. We don't look only at their results but at the quality of their team and the motivation they will have playing against sides like AC Milan and Madrid."
    • 19:30 A bad omen for Ajax? They have only won one of the last 13 European matches against Italian opposition (1-0 v Fiorentina in February 2009).
    • 19:25 If Ajax score four tonight (you never know) it would mean they become just the 14th side to score 100 goals in the Champions League.
    • 19:20 Milan have had some relatively lean periods in Europe of late. Since winning the title in 2007 the Rossoneri have not been beyond the last 16 - and in 2008/9 they had to settle for the UEFA Cup.
    • 19:15 Martin Jol has led Ajax to the top of the Eredivisie after seven games of the season - and they're unbeaten so far - five wins, two draws. At least for this difficult Champions League outing they can count on the services of Luis Suarez and Jan Vertonghen, both available after serving one game bans.
    • 19:10 Last time out AC Milan beat Auxerre 2-0, while Ajax suffered defeat by the same scoreline against Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.
    • 19:05 Most recently the two sides met in the Champions League group stages in 2003. Milan won both games by a single goal. Andrei Shevchenko struck in Amsterdam - and one Pippo Inzaghi, on the bench tonight, scored at the San Siro.
    • 19:00 HEAD TO HEAD: These two sides, giants of the European game over the years, have met 10 times in Europe over the years. Marginally (very marginally) Milan have the better record - five wins, one draw, and four defeats.
    • 18:55 An interesting choice from Milan, who drop Ronaldinho to the bench in order to accommodate Robinho. Flamini starts his first game since returning from injury.
    • 18:50 AJAX: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita, Enoh, De Jong, De Zeeuw, Suarez, El Hamdaoui, Emanuelson Subs: Verhoeven, Sulejmani, Eriksen, Ooijer, Lindgren, Oleguer, Jozefzoon /// AC MILAN: Abbiati, Zambrotta, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Flamini, Robinho, Seedorf, Ibrahimovic Subs: Amelia, Inzaghi, Jankulovski, Abate, Bonera, Boateng, Ronaldinho
    • 18:45 Good evening everyone, and welcome to Eurosport Yahoo!'s LIVE updates from Ajax's game against AC Milan in Amsterdam.
  • Summary

    • 84' AMAZING SAVE FROM STEKELENBURG! Wow what a stop! Ibra won the ball on the left and, with Ajax all over the place, drilled a low ball to the unmarked Boateng who smashed it into the roof of the net but somehow, only he knows how, the keeper flung himself and an arm out to tip it away!
    • 57' Suarez is played in by Emmanuelson but his control, for once, lets him down and it spins off a defender for a corner.
    • 37' 1-1! IBRA! What a counter from Milan as Seedorf raced down the right, knocking it across to Ibra - who was beyond the last defender but behind Seedorf - and the ex-Ajax man took it on the chest before king-fu kicking it into the right side of goal.
    • 33' Suarez harasses Zambrotta into a weak rushed clearance and it drops to El Hamdaoui but straight at Abbiati!
    • 30' WHAT A MISS! Crikey. Robinho played clean through by Seedorf, the Ajax offside trap well and truly sprung, he had time and space and waited for the keeper to drop before inexplicably rolling it wide of the left-hand post. Gulp. Ibra looks like he's about to vomit.
    • 23' GOAL AJAX! EL HAMDAOUI! The Moroccan turns brilliantly in a crowded box and fires into the roof of the net but what an assist! Suarez nutmegging Nesta on the left side of the box before tapping it inside.
    • 16' Wide from El Hamdaoui! He shunted it on to his right and pummeled a low drive past Abbiati but also past the goal.
    • 15' Seedorf with a super ball to Robinho on the left, he wriggles inside and fires a low drive that Stekelenburg does really well to palm away not just from goal but from Ibra flying in!
    • 18:50 AJAX: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita, Enoh, De Jong, De Zeeuw, Suarez, El Hamdaoui, Emanuelson Subs: Verhoeven, Sulejmani, Eriksen, Ooijer, Lindgren, Oleguer, Jozefzoon /// AC MILAN: Abbiati, Zambrotta, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Flamini, Robinho, Seedorf, Ibrahimovic Subs: Amelia, Inzaghi, Jankulovski, Abate, Bonera, Boateng, Ronaldinho
    • 18:45 Good evening everyone, and welcome to Eurosport Yahoo!'s LIVE updates from Ajax's game against AC Milan in Amsterdam.

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    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

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