Thursday February 18, 2010 Last 32 Finished Amsterdam ArenA

Ajax 1 - 2 Juventus

  • Sulejmani 16’
  • Amauri 31’, 58’

  1. Amauri double gives Juve edge

    Amauri double gives Juve edge

    Amauri's double handed Juventus a 2-1 win over Ajax in their Europa League last 32 first leg tie at the Amsterdam Arena. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Ajax
    • Juventus
    • FT Juve hold on and the bianconeri take a 2-1 lead back to Turin!
    • 90+2' HE'S OFF! Salihamidzic is shown a straight red card for a high challenge. He went in for an aerial challenge foot first but that looks harsh. Suarez was only booked for similar earlier.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 86' AJAX SUB: Last throw of the dice for Martin Jol with Hyun-Jun Suk making only his second appearance.
    • 85' Juve look to have weathered the storm with Ajax reduced to shots from distance. This time De Zeeuw hits his effort high and wide.
    • 82' All the possession is with Ajax...but can they make it count?!
    • 80' JUVE SUB: David Trezeguet makes his comeback from injury by replacing Diego.
    • 80' AJAX SUB: Dennis Rommedahl comes on for Sulejmani.
    • 79' De Jong lashes home a loose ball in the box and cracks his shot against the post! Inches from a deserved equaliser!
    • 75' De Jong's glancing header from distance is just wide. Why wasn't someone attacking the back post?
    • 74' AJAX SUB: Christian Eriksen makes his European debut in place of Emanuelson.
    • 71' JUVE SUB: Hasan Salihamidzic replaces two-goal hero Amauri.
    • 70' In tonight's other 6pm kick-off, FC Twente lead Werder Bremen courtesy of Janssen's goal. Follow that match here...
    • 67' Ajax have had 10 shots on goal to Juve's three - that tells you some of the story.
    • 64' De Jong unleashes a wicked shot from 25 yards but it's just wide of Buffon's post!
    • 64' Suarez is free at the back post but always the ball to bounce and Chiellini can nip in to tackle.
    • 63' Things are going from bad to worse for the home side...
    • 62' Suarez is shown a yellow card for an incredibly high challenge and that rules the Ajax talisman out of the return leg!
    • 61' A 2-1 harsh is a little unfair on Martin Jol's side but you can't argue about Amauri's finishing ability - particularly in the air!
    • 60' That's twice Ajax have been undone by the Del Piero/Amauri combo now!
    • 59' GOAL! Del Piero is given acres of space on the left and picks out Amauri who, having just worked a yard of space, buries the header!
    • 58' Marchisio lofts a delicate ball over the top but fails to reach his intended target.
    • 56' De Zeeuw takes on Sulejmani, who is doing his fair share of defensive work, but runs the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 53' Ajax are happy to knock the ball around midfield but are making little impact on the final third.
    • 51' Ajax break quickly yet again and Sulejmani skips past Diego but is brought down and that's a yellow card.
    • 50' Ajax were unlucky not to go into the break ahead having had a good penalty appeal turned down. Can they continue the assault in the second half?
    • 47' De Jong picks up the ball on the left before poking through to Emanuelson, but he drags his shot wide.
    • 46' The second half is underway...
    • - JUVE SUB: Former Ajax man Zdenek Grygera comes on for Zebina.
    • HT The referee blows up to bring the first half to a close.
    • 45+1' Oleguer receives a late yellow card for handball.
    • 45' Ajax look to break on the counter again and Sulejmani plays through Suarez but the captain can't thread the return pass.
    • 45' A series of stoppages has punctuated the end of the this first half. This time Van Der Wiel commiting the foul.
    • 43' Marchisio is pulled up for a handball and is then booked for knocking the ball away right in front of the referee. Silly.
    • 40' If there referee and linesman didn't see that, then surely the official behind the goal should have done?
    • 39' Juve back off Sulejmani and the goal scorer flights in a cross which Suarez looks certain to meet but the Uruguayan goes down! Penalty? The referee says no! Chiellini certainly looked to have a sizeable chunk of Suarez's shirt!
    • 38' Van Der Wiel rise to meet the corner and glances his wider just wide!
    • 36' Suarez is causing Juve all sorts of problems and beats his man before toe poking a cross which goes out for a corner.
    • 35' Van Der Wiel swings in a cross and forces a corner. Sulejmani takes it but Juve clear.
    • 34' Suarez picks up possession on the left side of the box but his first touch is too heavy and the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
    • 33' That really was sensational play by Del Piero. He had no room out on the left flank but deceived two defenders with that lovely show of trickery.
    • 32' GOAL! Del Piero twists and turns down the left before backheeling to Diego, who fires in an inch-perfect cross which Amauri powerfully heads into the back of the net! Great goal!
    • 30' Sulejmani goes down in the box and is booked for a dive. That's harsh. It just looked like he was the victim of a well-timed challenge.
    • 29' The referee blows up against Suarez, who grabbed De Ceglie's shirt to get past him. De Ceglie, for some reason, continues to argue with the ref and is booked.
    • 27' Amauri, who was free in the box, isn't too happy that Diego didn't square the ball to him.
    • 26' Del Piero lays off a lovely reverse ball to Diego but Stekelenburg remains solid to beat his shot away.
    • 24' Juve are being bossed out of the game in the middle of the park.
    • 23' Enoh catches Diego with a late challenge but escaps without being booked.
    • 20' Diego drifts out to the left and cuts back in to float in a right-footed cross which Amauri heads at Stekelenburg in the Ajax goal.
    • 19' Sissoko dives in on Emanuelson but the referee waves play on.
    • 18' There was so much wrong defensively there - but Buffon also has to shoulder some of the blame. He shouldn't be beaten from that sort of angle.
    • 17' GOAL! Classic counter-attacking football! Ajax break and Juve's defence is all at sea. Sulejmani receives the ball just past the halfway line and Zebina can't get close as the £13 million hitman strokes a shot past Buffon from a tight angle!
    • 16' Diego stands over a free-kick on the right flank... chips it in... but De Zeeuw clears.
    • 15' Juve had the opportunity to stay in the Champions League up to the final round of group matches, but were handed a 4-1 drubbing by Bayern at home.
    • 14' Sissoko's challenge on Vertonghen is a little over-zealous and the referee blows up for a free-kick.
    • 14' Juve are unbeaten since Zaccheroni came in as caretaker boss, winning once and drawing twice.
    • 13' Ajax's only defeat in the group stages was a 3-1 home loss against Anderlecht.
    • 12' Van Der Wiel lays off for Suarez, who chips a neat ball into the middle but De Jong can't get enough power on his header to be Buffon.
    • 9' Ajax are currently third in the Dutch Eredivisie, six points off second-placed FC Twente and a further three adrift of PSV.
    • 8' De Zeeuw plays the corner short and received the ball back immediately - but he's drifted offside.
    • 8' Ajax are looking to exploit Juve right-back Zebina and send a long ball over the top before winning a corner.
    • 7' Suarez takes on Zebina but toe pokes his cross out for a goal-kick.
    • 4' Ajax have started brightly and are controlling possession in the early exchanges.
    • 1' And we're off!
    • - Ajax finished second behind Anderlecht in Group A to progress to the knockout stages.
    • - Juve finds themselves in the Europa League after finishing third in Champions League Group A behind Bordeaux and Bayern Munich.
    • - Their league form is not too pretty either and Alberto Zaccheroni's men lie sixth in Serie A.
    • - AJAX: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Oleguer, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, De Zeeuw, Enoh, De Jong, Suarez, Sulejmani, Emanuelson Subs: Vermeer, Anita, Rommedahl, Ogararu, Suk, Lodeiro, Eriksen
    • - JUVENTUS: Buffon, Zebina, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Marchisio, Felipe Melo, Sissoko, De Ceglie, Diego, Amauri, Del Piero Subs: Manninger, Grosso, Salihamidzic, Trezeguet, Giovinco, Grygera, Candreva
    • - ...and the referee is Ivan Bebek (Croatia).
    • - Follow LIVE text commentary of Ajax's Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Juventus here from 6pm (GMT)
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  • Ajax

    Manager: Martin Jol

  • Juventus

    Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni

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