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Deadlock in Trondheim

Published: Wednesday 2 October 2002, 22.15CET
Rosenborg BK 0-0 AFC Ajax Struggling Norwegian hosts fail to break down the Ajax defence.

Match statistics

RosenborgAjax

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners5
 
2
Offsides1
 
9
Fouls committed15
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 October 2002, 22.15CET

Deadlock in Trondheim

Rosenborg BK 0-0 AFC Ajax Struggling Norwegian hosts fail to break down the Ajax defence.

Rosenborg BK and AFC Ajax played out a goalless draw in their UEFA Champions League Group D encounter in front of a capacity crowd at the Lerkendal stadium in Trondheim.

Chivu in command
Both sides could point to a lack of cohesion and accuracy in their passing, but in fairness the defensive units were in the ascendancy. Ajax captain Cristian Chivu, in particular, had an authoritative 90 minutes in the heart of the Amsterdam side's defence. The Romanian international's timely interventions and imaginative passing stood out in what was a frustrating evening for both teams.

Robust challenges  
A first half that was peppered with robust challenges and a succession of fouls, and only came to life just after the half-hour mark when the lively Wamberto broke through the midfield traffic to feed full-back Hatem Trabelsi. But as the Tunisian international drifted inside to shoot with his left foot, striker Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' had already made an incursion into an offside position.

Attack isolated
Before that both teams had failed to impose any rhythm to their play, with the Ajax frontline of Mido and Zlatan Ibrahimovic isolated from their midfield. However, once the Brazilian Wamberto moved into a withdrawn role behind the strikers, the Dutch outfit were a much more potent force coming forward.

Ibrahimovic goes close
It was from another Wamberto forward thrust that Ajax should have opened the scoring just before the break. As the ball broke in the area Mido saw his stabbed shot smothered by Rosenborg goalkeeper Árni Gautur Arason and the talented if somewhat erratic Ibrahimovic decided to back-heel the loose ball when a volley would surely have brought a goal. The Swedish striker, however, did go some way to making amends, with a fierce right-footed drive from 30 metres, which just skidded past the post.

Little change after the break
The was little change in the pattern of play in the second period although the introduction of winger Dagfinn Enerly gave Rosenborg much-needed invention - and it was from one of his tempting deliveries that the towering Azar Karadas almost headed in.

Home hopes raised
The visitors were becoming much more of a counterattacking threat and Ibrahimovic hit a rising shot just over the bar on 64 minutes. The home crowd's hopes were raised soon after as their direct approach once again found Karadas whose looping header landed just the wrong side of the post.

Changes to seal victory
The home should have broken the deadlock on 76 minutes as substitute Christer George miscued a left-footed volley from five metres. Wamberto then screwed a shot just across the face of the goal five minutes later and almost immediately Andy van der Meyde whistled an effort the wrong side of the post. In the dying moments Enerly went down in the area under a challenge from Jelle Van Damme only to become booking number four of the evening for what was deemed simulation.

Last updated: 03/10/02 6.34CET

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Lineups

rosenborg

Rosenborg

ajax

Ajax

12
ArasonÁrni Arason (GK)
21
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
2
OlsenOdd Inge Olsen
2
TrabelsiHatem Trabelsi
3
HoftunErik Hoftun (C)
3
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
Yellow Card57
5
BasmaChrister Basma
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
6
StrandRoar Strand
Yellow Card88
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
Yellow Card19
7
BergØrjan Berg
8
WitschgeRichard Witschge
Substitution79
9
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution35
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution69
10
SkammelsrudBent Skammelsrud
11
MidoMido
13
SaarinenJanne Saarinen
14
van HalstJan van Halst
Substitution69
20
KaradasAzar Karadas
17
WambertoWamberto
22
BrattbakkHarald Brattbakk
Yellow Card16
Substitution40
24
Van DammeJelle Van Damme

Substitutes

1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
32
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
8
EnerlyDagfinn Enerly
Substitution35
6
WinterAron Winter
Substitution69
11
SibayaMacBeth Sibaya
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution69
14
BlixtLars Blixt
10
PienaarSteven Pienaar
18
GeorgeChrister George
Substitution40
13
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution79
19
LudvigsenTrond Fredrik Ludvigsen
22
YakubuAbubakari Yakubu
21
StensaasStåle Stensaas
27
SikoraVictor Sikora

Coach

Nils Arne Eggen (NOR) Ronald Koeman (NED)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Evzen Amler (CZE), Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)

Fourth official

Jaroslav Jara (CZE)

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