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Amsterdam draw leaves door open

Published: Tuesday 11 March 2003, 22.50CET
AFC Ajax 1-1 Valencia CF Both sides can still progress from Group B after Ajax fight back at the ArenA.

Match statistics

AjaxValencia

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners8
 
8
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 11 March 2003, 22.50CET

Amsterdam draw leaves door open

AFC Ajax 1-1 Valencia CF Both sides can still progress from Group B after Ajax fight back at the ArenA.

Both AFC Ajax and Valencia CF are one win from the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals following a high-quality 1-1 draw in Amsterdam. Kily González's first-half penalty was cancelled out after the break by Petri Pasanen's header in a game where the two defences were under constant pressure.

Back from injury
Ajax had gone into the game on top of Group B and coach Ronald Koeman deployed Rafael van der Vaart on the left wing after his return from injury, with fit-again American John O'Brien slotting into the defence. Valencia, unable to afford defeat following their 3-0 home defeat by AS Roma, welcomed back Pablo Aimar up front, with Kily in an attacking midfield role.

Volley wide
Although both these teams have impressed defensively in the tournament, it was their attacking flair that caught the eye. The home side put Valencia under early pressure, inspired by teenager Nigel de Jong, and Maxwell volleyed wide on nine minutes.

Chivu alert
However, it was Valencia whose attacks looked the more penetrating, Kily taking full advantage of his free role, and Anthony Réveillère and Francisco Rufete combining excellently on the right flank, forcing Ajax captain Christian Chivu to keep his defence alert. Kily had a long-range effort saved by Bogdan Lobont and John Carew headed wide as Valencia forced several corners, one eventually producing a goal.

Valencia ahead
As the ball was flighted in from the Valencia left, Rufete was pulled down by Tomáš Galásek, giving the visitors a 28th-minute penalty. Kily stepped up to take it and placed the ball just past Lobont's dive. Ajax were clearly shocked to go behind, and eight minutes later Lobont was only just able to tip a Rufete cross away from Carew. However, Ajax began to play more brightly, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic forced Santiago Cañizares to save in added time as he finally got behind the home defence.

Ajax pressure
Andy van der Meyde was introduced at half-time for De Jong and Ajax continued to push forward. Immediately, Ibrahimovic had a shot at Cañizares and not long afterwards Van der Vaart's long-range shot flew only just over the bar. Valencia also continued to press in a game which continued to swing from end to end, but their lead was to be cancelled out on 57 minutes.

Pasanen heads equaliser
Again a corner was the source. Ajax's short corner from the left resulted in a cross from the impressive Maxwell, and Pasanen headed the ball in. Valencia nearly had the lead back when Rubén Baraja's 25-metre shot was pushed over by Lobont, then at the other end Van der Vaart put the ball wide after a move involving superb dummies from Ibrahimovic and Maxwell.

Both sides denied
As the clock ticked down, Cañizares dived to save a curling Chivu free-kick and Kily had a late effort blocked by Lobont, but neither side could force the issue to set up a thrilling Matchday 12, when Valencia welcome Arsenal FC and Ajax visit Roma.

Last updated: 02/02/12 3.20CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

valencia

Valencia

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK) (C)
Yellow Card79
2
TrabelsiHatem Trabelsi
2
PellegrinoMauricio Pellegrino
Yellow Card80
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
Substitution88
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
Yellow Card87
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
7
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution64
10
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Yellow Card64
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Yellow Card54
13
MaxwellMaxwell
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
16
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Goal57
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
Goal28
Yellow Card34
18
O'BrienJohn O'Brien
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Yellow Card40
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution84
26
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Substitution46
33
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère

Substitutes

21
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
3
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution46
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Substitution84
8
WitschgeRichard Witschge
12
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Substitution88
15
SneijderWesley Sneijder
14
VicenteVicente
22
YakubuAbubakari Yakubu
20
MistaMista
Substitution64
28
BoukhariNourdin Boukhari
22
De los SantosGonzalo De los Santos

Coach

Ronald Koeman (NED) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Igor Sramka (SVK), Ivan Bartos (SVK)

Fourth official

Vladimir Hrinak (SVK)

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