The Ibrox club are playing in European football's elite club competition for the first time in 12 years and discovered the harsh reality of their task with a 4-0 defeat away to Ajax then a 3-0 loss to Napoli in Govan, after which boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst claimed it would take hundreds of millions of pounds to compete in the tournament. Liverpool, who recovered from a 4-1 defeat by Napoli in Italy to beat Ajax 2-1 at Anfield, are heavy favourites to inflict another Euro defeat on the Govan side.
UEFA have confirmed that concussion substitutes are not permitted in any of their competitions, following confusion during last night’s Women’s Champions League clash between Arsenal and Ajax. Arsenal forward Beth Mead was forced off late in the tie following a clash of heads, after the Gunners had already used up their allocation of three windows for substitutions during the match. It initially seemed winger Lina Hurtig would be allowed to come on as a concussion replacement, only for Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall to be informed by the referee that the protocol is not in place in the competition, though the Swede claimed afterwards that the officials themselves had not been sure of the rules.
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall says he has “never experienced anything like” his side’s trip to Amsterdam on Wednesday evening. Vivianne Miedema scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners secured Champions League qualification for a 14th consecutive season, sealing a 3-2 win on aggregate. Goalposts at the Sportpark De Toekomst Johan Cruyff Arena had to be adjusted prior to kick-off as they were 10cm smaller than required.
The Gunners put in an acomplished display in stormy conditions in the Dutch capital.