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Ten-man Ajax wrestle points from Lyon

Published: Wednesday 30 October 2002, 23.18CET
Olympique Lyonnais 0-2 AFC Ajax Gritty Ajax snatch victory against Lyon in Group D.

Match statistics

LyonAjax

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
0
Corners7
 
1
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
27
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 30 October 2002, 23.18CET

Ten-man Ajax wrestle points from Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais 0-2 AFC Ajax Gritty Ajax snatch victory against Lyon in Group D.

A gritty, rearguard performance from ten-man AFC Ajax earned them a valuable UEFA Champions League Group D victory against Olympique Lyonnais in the Gerland stadium.

Chivu dismissed
Steven Pienaar and Rafael van der Vaart scored the goals for a well-organised but unattractive Ajax side, who had captain Cristian Chivu sent off and five other players booked as they scrapped for the three points which lifted them to second in the group.

Ibrahimovic chance
Rocked by his side's disappointing home draw with Rosenborg BK last week, Ajax coach Ronald Koeman made six changes to his starting lineup and his decision seemed vindicated when the visitors began brightly. Just three minutes had elapsed when Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored twice when these sides met in Amsterdam last month, drew a fantastic save from Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet.

Pienaar pounces
Four minutes later, the outstanding Nigel De Jong's cultured ball down the Ajax left led to the opening goal. Ibrahimovic, who faded as the game progressed, fed the ball back inside and Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' squared a pass to Pienaar. The South African then slotted a close-range shot underneath the helpless Coupet.

Bustling football
Seemingly content with a single goal, Ajax sat back and half an hour of bustling, direct football failed to produce a shot on goal at either end. Lyon began to turn the screw ten minutes before the break and, after Juninho tested Joey Didulica with a 25-metre free-kick, the French team appeared to have levelled the scores. Sonny Anderson's downward header looked to have crossed the line before Chivu, who was highly impressive until his 62nd-minute dismissal for upending Tony Vairelles, hacked the ball clear. However no goal was awarded.

Didulica delight
Didulica made an acrobatic save to deny Edmílson on the stroke of half-time, changing direction to stop a 40-metre piledriver which took a wicked deflection off Mido. But the second half was all Lyon. Eric Carrière tried his luck from 22 metres but missed the target and Vikash Dhorasoo's 55th-shot was parried by the impressive Didulica.

Ajax resistance
After Chivu received his marching orders, Ajax were largely camped in their own penalty area, but Didulica consistently came to the visitors' rescue, kicking away Carrière's close-range effort after great work out wide from the industrious Sidney Govou and beating Anderson to a loose ball as the French side heaved forward.

Van der Vaart victorious
Govou lashed a volley into the side-netting and Vairelles headed the ball over from Juninho's hanging free-kick but as the game slipped into added time Ajax broke away and, after Maxwell nicked the ball off the toes of Patrick Müller, he squared a pass for the unmarked Van der Vaart to slide Ajax's second past Coupet.

Last updated: 31/10/02 14.25CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

ajax

Ajax

1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
21
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
3
EdmílsonEdmílson
2
TrabelsiHatem Trabelsi
5
CaçapaClaudio Caçapa
3
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
6
VioleauPhilippe Violeau
Substitution59
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho
Yellow Card48
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
Red Card62
9
AndersonSonny Anderson (C)
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Yellow Card75
Substitution77
10
CarrièreÉric Carrière
Substitution80
10
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Goal7
Yellow Card48
13
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
11
MidoMido
Substitution55
14
GovouSidney Govou
13
MaxwellMaxwell
20
MüllerPatrick Müller
26
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Yellow Card36
24
DhorasooVikash Dhorasoo
27
SikoraVictor Sikora
Yellow Card44
Substitution65

Substitutes

25
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
32
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
2
DeflandreEric Deflandre
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution77
4
LavilleFlorent Laville
8
WitschgeRichard Witschge
11
VairellesTony Vairelles
Substitution59
14
van HalstJan van Halst
15
DelmotteChristophe Delmotte
17
WambertoWamberto
18
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Substitution80
22
YakubuAbubakari Yakubu
Substitution65
23
BalmontFlorent Balmont
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution55
Yellow Card81
Goal90+3

Coach

Ronald Koeman (NED)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Fourth official

Georgios Borovilos (GRE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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