Tuesday October 19, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Amsterdam ArenA

Ajax 2 - 1 AJ Auxerre

  • de Zeeuw 7’
  • Suarez 41’
  • Birsa 56’

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  1. Ajax sneak win over Auxerre

    Ajax sneak win over Auxerre

    Ten-man Ajax held on to record their first win of this season's Champions League campaign after edging out fellow strugglers Auxerre 2-1. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Ajax
    • AJ Auxerre
    • 90+3 The final whistle is blown. Ajax hold on and have the three points.
    • 90' Three minutes of injury time to be played.
    • 88' RED CARD FOR AUXERRE! Substitute Jean Pascal Mignot is dismissed from the sideline for an over elaborate reaction to the referee's decision.
    • 86' Chance goes begging for Auxerre as they are penalised for a push in the box at a corner.
    • 84' The Kenyan trudges off the field and with it Auxerre's best chance of an equaliser. Silly silly decision from Oliech.
    • 83' RED CARD FOR OLIECH! It is ten against ten as Oliech receives a second yellow card for deliberate handball.
    • 82' Hopeful ball into the box and Oliech is still the only Auxerre player in the attcking third allowing Stekelenburg to claim with ease.
    • 81' Looks like anywhere will do for Ajax now with a succession of hefty clearances no one or nowhere in particular.
    • 80' Oleguer receiving treatment on the sidelines leaving Ajax with nine men on the pitch.
    • 79' The Ajax players surround the referee after Oliech's tackle and the official looks to have caved into pressure by awarding the Kenyan a yellow card.
    • 78' Another attacking substitution for Auxerre. Maxime Bourgeois replaces Contout.
    • 77' Auxerre still struggling to carve open the Ajax defence and Suarez has another chance to seal the game but slips as he strikes and the ball trickles wide.
    • 75' Quercia goes down in the Ajax penalty area and immediately looks desperately to the referee who is unimpressed with the appeal.
    • 74' Auxerre must start showing more attacking intent. Defeat tonight would all but eliminate from this year's Champions League.
    • 73' Pedretti has the chance to shoot on the edge of the box but chooses to seek out Oliech instead and the pass is overhit. Chance squandered by the visitors.
    • 72' This match delicately poised with 20 minutes to go.
    • 70' Brilliant goalkeeping from Stekelenburg to deny Oliech with both players unaware of the linesman's offside flag.
    • 69' Suarez continues to flirt with danger after another petty foul. Would be a far more difficult task for Ajax without their captain on the field.
    • 67' Danger for Ajax as Coulibaly heads to the far post but Eyong Enoh is there to clear to safety.
    • 66' And over the trauma to fire an effort at goal but the Uruguayan is unable to match his first half strike as he misses the target.
    • 65' Acrobatic cartwheeling from Suarez who goes down clutching his ankle. Back on his feet before you can say stretcher.
    • 64' Substitution for Auxerre. Julien Quercia replaces Kamel Chafni. An attacking move from the French side.
    • 62' Good link up between Al Hamdoui and Suarez paves the way to goal but the door is slammed shut as three Auxerre defenders make up the ground.
    • 61' A frantic start to the second half and Ajax continue shoot themselves in the foot. Suarez goes in the book for persistent arguing with the officials.
    • 60' Ajax manager makes a decisive move with the first substitution of the night. Sulejmani is sacrificed for the defensive minded Oleguer.
    • 59' Awkward position for Ajax now with half an hour of this game to go.
    • 58' This game has turned on its head in the space of two minutes with Auxerre firmly on the front foot.
    • 57' From the resulting free kick Valter Birsa finds the top corner of Stekelenburg's net and Auxerre are back in this game.
    • 56' GOAL FOR AUXERRE! 2-1
    • 55' The Kenyan looked to have shaken off Ooijer before the Dutch defender pulled him to the floor and the referee had no choice but to dismiss him as the last man.
    • 54' RED CARD FOR ANDRE OOIJER! Ajax find themselves reduced to 10 men. That man Oliech involved again.
    • 53' More fighting spirit on display from Oliech but the referee deems his efforts to win the ball to be on the rough side.
    • 52' Oliech at the heart of all Auxerre's best moves so far but still he cuts a lonely figure in the final third.
    • 51' Decent effort from Oliech who finds space to unleash a shot from distance but Stekelenburg has time to watch it past his near post.
    • 49' Clumsy challenge from Eyong Enoh draws the referee into the action with a free kick awarded to Auxerre.
    • 48' Suarez the danger man already in this half as he gets round the outside of his marker and fizzes a dangerous ball into the penalty area but no Ajax player is there to meet it.
    • 46' We have kick off in the second half.
    • 45+1 The referee brings the first half to its conclusion at the Amsterdam ArenA.
    • 45' One minute of first half injury time to be played.
    • 44' Auxerre look depleted by that sucker punch.
    • 42' Ambitious effort from Grichting who unleashes a left foot piledriver from 35 yards but Stekelenburg is untested.
    • 41' Decisive strike from Ajax at a critical period in the game just as Auxerre looked to be finding their feet.
    • 39' GOAL FOR AJAX! 2-0! Wonderful goal from the hosts. A clever flick from de Zeeuw releases van der Wiel who passes the baton to El Hamdoui who releases Suarez and the Uruguayan completes the move by stroking the ball beyond Sorin with the outside of his right boot.
    • 38' A glimpse of star quality from Suarez who cuts inside from the right and beats two defenders but his cross is blocked.
    • 36' Suarez goes down under a heavy challenge from Pedretti as the two captains go head to head.
    • 35' Dizzying piece of skill from Suuarez opens up the space for a cross but the Uruguayan overhits and Auxerre clear their lines.
    • 34' Schoolboy stuff at the Amsterdam ArenA as both sides take turns to misplace a pass and allow the ball to run out of play.
    • 33' First sight of goal for Oliech but his curling effort is comfortably gathered by Stekelenburg.
    • 32' Sulejmani concedes possession in a dangerous position but charges back to win the ball back before Auxerre can capitalise.
    • 31' Solid defending from Hengbart to dispossess Suarez on the left wing.
    • 30' de Zeeuw fires in the free kick but Mounir El Hamdoui is beaten to the ball in the air by an Auxerre head.
    • 29' Grichting goes in the referee's book for a foul on Suarez.
    • 28' A scrappy exchange of play as both sides struggle to maintain possession. A much more open game we have ourselves.
    • 27' Good defending from Ajax's Gregory van der Wiel to put a stop to a flowing Auxerre move.
    • 26' Lindgren looks to release Miralem Sulejmani but the ball skids off the Amsterdam ArenA turf and out for a goal kick before the Serbian can get a toe on it.
    • 25' Positive signs for the French team as they look to have finally found their feet in this fixture.
    • 24' Yellow card awarded to Cedric Hengbart for dissent earlier in the half.
    • 23' Looks to have been the correct decision from the referee with Contuit's arm clearly impeding the Dutch goalkeeper.
    • 22' Auxerre have the ball in the net but the referee rules out Roy Contuit's effort for a foul on Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
    • 21' First shot in anger for Auxerre but an Ajax body is in the way and the visitors have a corner.
    • 20' Ajaxk favouring that cross field pass in search of Suarez but to no avail so far.
    • 18' Awkward clearance for Adama Coulibaly but the defender does just enough to quash the threat.
    • 17' Long searching ball looks to pick out Suarez on the right hand side but Dariusz Dudka has it covered and does well to intercept ahead of the Uruguayan.
    • 15' Oliech is penalised for an accidental arm in the face.
    • 14' Auxerre continue to sacrifice possession at will with the home side looking the more threatening.
    • 13' Rasmus Lindgren receives a stiff warning from the referee after a crude challenge in the middle of the pitch.
    • 11' Auxerre's Kenyan striker Dennis Oliech looks to have his work cut out tonight as the lone frontman. Already doing a lot of chasing without much support from his midfield.
    • 10' Perfect start for Ajax who will be looking to catch Group G giants Real Madrid and AC Milan who square up in tonight's other fixture.
    • 9' Ajax maintaing the initiative well after taking an early lead. de Zeeuw with another effort from distance which wins his side a corner kick.
    • 8' A moment of discomfort for Auxerre's Swiss defender Stephane Grichting but he soon picks himself up from the turf.
    • 6' A sweeping move from the hosts set up the chance for de Zeeuw after Auxerre goalkeeper Olivier Sorin had kept out Eyong Enoh
    • 5' GOAL FOR AJAX! 1-0! The home side take the lead with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike from de Zeeuw
    • 4' Luiz Suarez sets up the first chance of the evening for Ajax picking out de Zeeuw in the penalty but the Dutchman heads well over the crossbar.
    • 3' The home side enjoying an early spell of possession.
    • 2' First foul of the night is commited by Auxerre's Kamel Chafni on Demy de Zeeuw.
    • 1' Kick off at the Amsterdam ArenA. Ajax get things under way kicking from right to left in their traditional red and white colours.
    • 19:40 Ajax and Auxerre have been drawn against each other three times and on each occasion, the two teams have won one of the two ties each.
    • 19:35 Auxerre have played 15 matches against Dutch opposition winning six and losing six.
    • 19:30 Ajax have won nine and drawn two of their 16 matches against French opposition in Europe, but have won none of their last three.
    • 19:25 Auxerre: 1-Olivier Sorin; 2-Cedric Hengbart, 6-Adama Coulibaly, 4-Stephane Grichting, 5-Dariusz Dudka; 18-Roy Contout, 17-Benoit Pedretti, 29-Delvin Ndinga, 9-Valter Birsa; 7-Kamel Chafni; 14-Dennis Oliech.
    • 19:20 Tonight's starting line ups starting with our hosts, Ajax: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 13-Andre Ooijer, 4-Jan Vertonghen, 11-Urby Emanuelson; 6-Eyong Enoh, 20-Demy de Zeeuw, 18-Rasmus Lindgren; 7-Miralem Sulejmani, 9-Mounir El Hamdaoui, 16-Luis Suarez.
    • 19:15 Ajax host Auxerre at the Amsterdam ArenA on champions League Matchday 3
  • Summary

    • 88' RED CARD FOR AUXERRE! Substitute Jean Pascal Mignot is dismissed from the sideline for an over elaborate reaction to the referee's decision.
    • 83' RED CARD FOR OLIECH! It is ten against ten as Oliech receives a second yellow card for deliberate handball.
    • 70' Brilliant goalkeeping from Stekelenburg to deny Oliech with both players unaware of the linesman's offside flag.
    • 67' Danger for Ajax as Coulibaly heads to the far post but Eyong Enoh is there to clear to safety.
    • 56' GOAL FOR AUXERRE! 2-1
    • 54' RED CARD FOR ANDRE OOIJER! Ajax find themselves reduced to 10 men. That man Oliech involved again.
    • 48' Suarez the danger man already in this half as he gets round the outside of his marker and fizzes a dangerous ball into the penalty area but no Ajax player is there to meet it.
    • 39' GOAL FOR AJAX! 2-0! Wonderful goal from the hosts. A clever flick from de Zeeuw releases van der Wiel who passes the baton to El Hamdoui who releases Suarez and the Uruguayan completes the move by stroking the ball beyond Sorin with the outside of his right boot.
    • 22' Auxerre have the ball in the net but the referee rules out Roy Contuit's effort for a foul on Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
    • 5' GOAL FOR AJAX! 1-0! The home side take the lead with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike from de Zeeuw

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  • Ajax

    Manager: Martin Jol

  • AJ Auxerre

    Manager: Jean Fernandez

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