1 vs. 0
Agg (2-2)
AJA
CEL
90+4'
FT: Ajax 1-0 Celtic.
90+2'
Ajax fans in singing mode here. Are they heading into third-spot in the Group?
Ajax Substitution
90'
Four minutes of added time.
89'
SUB (Ajac): Sigthorsson off; Van der Hoorn on.
86'
 
Corner from Ajax and Dwensil is presented with a free-header, but the ball clips the post and goes wide.
85'
It's still dangerous for Ajax if the game remains 1-0. Celtic pushing men forward for the equaliser.
82'
 
Second change for the hosts: Christian Poulsen replacing Davy Klaassen.
Ajax Substitution
Celtic Substitution
81'
GOALSAVING TACKLE! Brilliant defending from Ajax. Veltman denies James Forrest in the box who was ready to slam the ball into the net.
80'
 
Last Celtic sub - Commons off, Pukki on.
79'
Two pass-back attempts from Ajax in the last 30 seconds. Forster will be chuffed if that's all he has to do in the next 11 minutes.
78'
He'll be coming off soon, it seems. Pukki ready.
Celtic Substitution
76'
 
Celtic switch: Joe Ledley on for Beram Kayal.
74'
Celtic still playing without a recognised centre-forward. Samaras is making runs from the left to a central area, while Boerrigter is holding a left-wing position. Commons inside-right; Forrest right, of course.
Celtic Substitution
73'
 
Celtic substitution: Stokes off, ex-Ajax player Boerrigter on.
72'
Fancy a random stat? Celtic's most used pass combination is Izaguirre to Samaras (8), then the other way around (7).
Ajax Substitution
71'
 
Ajax substitution. Sereno off; Viktor Fischer on.
70'
20 to play. You could hardly say Ajax were in control here; more dangerous or purposeful in attack. Celtic's bench need to come up with a solution.
67'
Inswinging set-piece for Celtic again. Commons wrapping his foot around the ball, looking for the slightest of touches from a team-mate - but strong fists from the Ajax 'No.1' to clear.
66'
A drilled free-kick along the floor from Kris Commons. Easily collected by the Ajax keeper.
64'
A couple of crosses from Celtic coming in from either side. Stokes isn't really much of a focal point in that respect. Wonder if Amido Balde would add something for the last 25 minutes.
63'
STATS: Ajax have completed 346/402 passes; Celtic - 166/220 ... 9 shots on goal for Ajax ... Celtic defensively strong though: 12 interceptions, three blocks, etc.
61'
Celtic taking a little bit more control in this match. Their best spell of possession thus far. Not doing much with it yet.
60'
An hour gone - Ajax lead 1-0. Perhaps deserved, although, they've toiled for most of this game. Just a marvellous goal from Lasse Schone to separate the teams.
59'
Signs of fragility in the Ajax defence. Samaras manages to get a nod on the ball which is easy for the goalkeeper to collect. How do Celtic approach this now?
58'
The Amsterdam ArenA collectively held its breath there. James Forrest wins the ball in a good area, but indecisive play. Anthony Stokes was strangely standing offside when he could've looked for a pass.
55'
HUGE interception from Lustig at the back-post. De Jong beats the offside trap, crossing with a sweeping effort that is cleared by the Swede. Sigthorsson was preparing to score.
53'
Anthony Stokes forcing Cillessen into a save from the left corner of the box, striking it sweetly with his left-foot. Decent chance, but tight angle for the Irishman.
53'
Ajax fans in excellent voice now up in the stands. That was a wonderful goal; make sure you get a look at it tonight.

Schöne justifying his selection there! Superb composure, Superb Finish! 1-0 #Ajax #ajacel

51'
 
GOOOOOOOOOAL! Ajax work their way through, Lasse Schone supplying the finish eventually. De Jong, to Sereno, then Schone tucks it past Forster. Fantastic goal.
50'
UUUUUH! Beram Kayal waltzes through the Ajax midfield, perhaps 25-30 yards, before absolutely wasting the chance on the edge of the box. Nearly went into Row Z.
48'
Referee plays advantage, allowing Schone to break into the box, but Van Dijk sweeps up comfortably behind Izaguirre. Strong defending.
47'
Celtic are completely nullifying the Ajax passing from the back. They've got to think of a Plan B here, surely?
46'
Still no changes in either side. Celtic have Teemu Pukki or former Ajax man Derk Boerrigter who could add something from the bench.
45+1'
HT: Ajax 0-0 Celtic
45'
"Don't worry about a thing ... " rings around the Amsterdam Arena as Celtic kick-off.
45'
One additional minute to be played.
43'
Lasse Schone inches away from latching on to Sereno's inswinging crossball that only required the smallest of touches. Forster didn't come for it.
42'
 
Emilio Izagurrie - professional foul. Easy call for the referee. First one he's got right all night.
41'
Agree.

Excellent performance from Van Dijk. Great find by Lennon. A breath of fresh air. Possibly Celtic's best signing in a long time #CelticLIVE

40'
 
It's now 1-1 on bookings. Klaassen cautioned for a high-boot, it seems. Didn't see much in that, to be honest.
39'
Van Dijk wins the ball from both of Celtic's successive corner kicks, but nothing comes to fruition. Ajax certainly will be frustrated at their first half showing.
38'
Balance shifted to allow Lustig to get forward on the right side. Cross deflected; corner awarded to the Hoops.
35'
Virgil Van Dijk with some terrific covering behind Ambrose who was caught out by Siem de Jong's neat flick. That's why he was so highly-rated at Groningen before moving to Glasgow.
33'
You would think either team would burst a gut to win this one given the situation in the group. It's pretty tame, by any measure. Free kick to Ajax, again, another chance to have a whack at goal.
31'
A rendition of "Just Can't Get Enough" comes down from the top-tier. Ajax fans not impressed.
30'
No sign of a goal yet. Forrest playing in a central role now; Commons wide right.
27'
It's been a quiet night for James Forrest so far. First time he's gone up against Boilesen and the Danish defender does enough to narrow the angle.
25'
Shooting oppertunity for Ajax from a free kick, at the edge of the box. Poor effort, trickles out for a corner-kick that eventually comes to nothing.
25'
Ajax have enjoyed 66% of the possession in the first 25 minutes.
22'
Celtic forcing Ajax to keep ball in their own penalty box. Blind looking to drop between centre-backs and Commons is blocking that space. Good play.
20'
Almost a half through the first period and still no goals. Celtic coping reasonably well here, but I'd imagine they will be concerned about the Izaguirre/Samaras partnership on the left-flank.
19'
Free kick from Denswil, around 20 yards out, swings through the wall and into Forster's gloves.
18'
 
Georgios Samaras picks up the first booking. Serero went down, but I'm not convinced there was much contact.
16'
TOP SAVE! It's Van Rhijn with the deep cross, aimed for Siem de Jong who heads for the bottom corner only to see his effort palmed clear by Forster. Best chance of the game so far.
16'
A glamorous Ajax bench, though. Dennis Bergkamp sitting to the left of Frank de Boer. Give them a jersey now!
15'
Summary of Ajax after 15 minutes of play.

This is looking very un-Ajax at the moment though.

14'
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes sent into a good area by Commons; up against Blind in a one-v-one, but the defender marshalled the Irishman well.

From first 10 minutes looks like Ajax plan to target Emilio Izaguirre and exploit lack of tracking back from Samaras http://t.co/WHJBazdEDg

11'
Training ground set-piece from Celtic comes to nothing. Van Dijk having the eventual shot on goal which deflected off an Ajax body.
10'
HANDBALL! Well ... no! Lasse Schone's cross clatters Van Dijk's backside and the home fans cry for a spot-kick. Play on ..
8'
Ajax midfielder Serero breaking from the central trio, looking to thread a ball through to Sigthrosson, but Van Dijk jockeys it back to Forster.
7'
Left-footed free-kick from Denswil saved by Forster at his bottom right-hand post. Not much pace on the strike, but enough to trouble the Celtic keeper.
6'
Foul from Commons on Daley Blind, who is playing in midfield tonight, giving Ajax a set-piece opportunity from 30 yards.
5'
Good pressing from Celtic in attack. Samaras, then Mulgrew forcing Ajax into a dead end. That's where the Scottish side might get some joy tonight.
4'
We've just jinxed Lasse Schone there because he conceded possession horribly to Anthony Stokes in the middle of the park. Celtic on the offensive now.

#Ajax are looking really up for this game. Schöne has made an impact already!

I'm a big fan of Klaassen, very talented player who was unlucky to have essentially a full season of development wiped out with an injury.

2'
Bright play from Lasse Schone on the right-flank who took advantage of Emilio Izaguirre being too far up the park. Lovely nutmeg on the Honduran.
1'
Cagey start. Ajax giving the ball to Fraser Forster after 90 seconds. He's a man in high demand with Joe Hart playing so poorly at international level. Something to prove for him tonight.
0'
Ajax kick us off with so much to play for.
19:44
Good news! 'Pass the No to Racism parcel' has been scrapped. Thank god. Too cheesy.
19:42
Now for the anthem, handshakes and that awful exchange of 'Pass the No to Racism parcel'.
19:41
The Amsterdam ArenA is absolutely packed. The roof is jammed shut. More than 3,000 fans have travelled from Glasgow for tonight's match.
19:38
Celtic did record a famous victory in Amsterdam against Ajax back in 2001. Back in the era of now Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill.
19:36
Now approaching kick-off, just 10 minutes to go. As always, a huge following from Celtic in Amsterdam.
19:23
Disappointing results for both sides in their domestic campaign this weekend. Ajax lost 1-0 at home to Vitesse which sees them drop to 6th in the Eredivisie, while Celtic drew 1-1 against Dundee United at Parkhead, scoring a last-gasp equaliser. Yet they comfortably top the SPFL Premiership by four points, with one game extra to play.
19:14
Half an hour until kick-off in the Amsterdam ArenA. Any predictions for this one? Will Ajax reverse their defeat from a fortnight ago?
19:10
Ajax are one of only two teams to concede more than one penalty in the Champions League this season (along with Olympiakos – both two).
19:05
Frank de Boer, Ajax coach: "They will go into this game more confident than us because we’re the team under pressure right now. But, normally in football, when you’re under the most pressure you play the best games."
19:02
Neil Lennon on his opponents tonight: "Ajax are a class side, very fluid with the ball and they will create chances, but I think we can create chances too. We'll have to be positive, and to get something out of the game would give us a great chance in the last two games."
18:57
Some key battles: Where is the game being won and lost tonight in Amsterdam? Ajax did miss a host of chances, largely created via Sigthorsson in attack. Quite a test for Efe Ambrose who tends to lack the concentration at times.
18:55
STAT ALERT: Celtic have won only one of their 25 Champions League away games (W1 D1 L23) and their last clean sheet on foreign soil in the European Cup was against Werder Bremen in November 1988 (a 0-0 draw).
18:52
Celtic will be delighted to have Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras back fit again. Two massive players, as we've seen in the past. Fairly attacking selection from Neil Lennon with James Forrest hoping to get as many one-on-one chances with Blind as he can.
18:44
TEAMS: Ajax: Cillessen; Van Rhijn, Veltman, Denswil, Boilesen; Klaassen, Blind, Serero; Schöne, De Jong, Sigthórsson... Subs: Vermeer, Moisander, Poulsen, Van der Hoorn, Fischer, Andersen, Hoese /// Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Forrest, Kayal, Mulgrew, Commons, Samaras, Stokes... Subs: Zaluska, Fisher, Rogic, Ledley, Boerrigter, Pukki, Balde
18:41
Good evening, folks! It's Champions League night and Celtic are embarking on a crucial away clash in Amsterdam. Can they wipe the floor with Ajax? (Yeah, I had that pun before Stelling!) and take a step towards the Last 16? Big game.

Starting Line-ups

Ajax
Celtic
    • 1
      Cillessen
    • 5
      Boilesen
    • Denswil
    • 3
      Veltman
    • 2
      van Rhijn
    • 25
      Serero
    • Blind
    • 10
      Klaassen
    • 9
      Sigthorsson
    • de Jong
    • 20
      Schöne
Team Manager:  Frank de Boer
    • 10
      Stokes
    • 15
      Kris Commons
    • 49
      Forrest
    • Kayal
    • 21
      Charlie Mulgrew
    • 9
      Samaras
    • 23
      Mikael Lustig
    • 4
      Efe Ambrose
    • 5
      van Dijk
    • 3
      Izaguirre
    • Forster
Team Manager:  Ronny Deila
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Cillessen 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. van Rhijn 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
J. Veltman 0 0 0 4 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 90
N. Boilesen 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 90
S. Denswil 0 0 2 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. Blind 0 0 0 79 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
D. Klaassen 0 0 0 34 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 82
T. Serero 0 1 0 36 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 72
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. de Jong 0 0 2 39 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
L. Schöne 1 0 2 42 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 90
K. Sigthorsson 0 0 1 23 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 89
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
F. Forster 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
E. Izaguirre 0 0 0 8 5 1 3 0 1 0 0 90
Efe Ambrose 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Mikael Lustig 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
V. van Dijk 0 0 0 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Samaras 0 0 0 29 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 90
Charlie Mulgrew 0 0 0 52 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 90
J. Forrest 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
B. Kayal 0 0 0 22 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 77
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Kris Commons 0 0 1 16 1 2 3 4 0 0 0 81
A. Stokes 0 0 1 15 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 73
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