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Group stage - Group D

Ajax - Man. City
3-1
 

Ajax - Man. City 3-1 - 24/10/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Ajax hit heights to leave City foundering

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 22.00CET
Ajax hit heights to leave City foundering 
Ajax-Man. City: Reaction ©Getty Images

AFC Ajax picked up their first points in Group D with a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Manchester City FC.

The Dutch champions started confidently and threatened twice through the lively Christian Eriksen, yet it was Manchester City who drew first blood when Samir Nasri finished off a slick counterattack in style. Ajax captain Siem de Jong restored parity seconds before the half-time whistle with a fine low shot after good work by Ricardo van Rhijn. Niklas Moisander then scored with a header for the second UEFA Champions League match in a row to give his side the lead, before Eriksen's third secured the points and consigned the Citizens to bottom spot in Group D.

Match in 5

  • Ajax gain first Group D points
  • City go ahead through Nasri
  • De Jong, Moisander and Eriksen on target for hosts
  • English champions bottom with one point
  • Two sides meet again on 6 November

Reaction

Today we showed what we want to do. We played dominant football and they did not have an answer to that.

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

It is very difficult to qualify now, it would take a miracle. They played better than us. It is probably my fault, I prepared badly for this game.

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City manager

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City manager

 

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Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Ajax
Man. City

3

Goals scored

1

50

Possession (%)

50

14

Total attempts

14

8

Attempts on target

9

6

Attempts off target

5

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

3

Corners

7

0

Offsides

5

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

9

9

Fouls suffered

8

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Ajax win their first game against English opposition at home since 1980, but more importantly than that, their qualification hopes remain alive. Siem de Jong, Niklas Moisander and Christian Eriksen got the crucial goals, after Samir Nasri had put City ahead.
  • Substitution
    89
    Boerrigter (in) - Schøne (out) (Ajax)
  • Yellow Card
    79
    Y. Touré (Man. City) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    78
    Balotelli (in) - Milner (out) (Man. City)
  • Yellow Card
    75
    Kolarov (Man. City) is cautioned by the referee.

See also

  • Ajax

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Man. City, 06 November 2012, 2-2
  • Man. City

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Ajax, 06 November 2012, 2-2
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