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Sneijder strike saves Ajax

Published: Tuesday 12 August 2003, 23.04CET
Grazer AK 1-1 AFC Ajax
A 79th-minute free-kick from Wesley Sneijder spares Ajax defeat.

Match statistics

GAKAjax

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 August 2003, 23.04CET

Sneijder strike saves Ajax

Grazer AK 1-1 AFC Ajax
A 79th-minute free-kick from Wesley Sneijder spares Ajax defeat.

AFC Ajax go into the home leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against Grazer AK on level terms after a 79th-minute free-kick from Wesley Sneijder earned them a draw in Austria.

Facing defeat
Last season's quarter-finalists were facing defeat after a spirited performance from their hosts until Sneijder found the target with a long-range free-kick which flew into the right of Andreas Schranz's goal.

Rough justice
It was rough justice for GAK who made an enormous contribution to an enthralling contest. They attacked from the outset with Nikola Milinkovic flashing a shot just wide of the Ajax goal after two minutes, and Ilco Naumoski rattling the upright with another strike seven minutes later.

Deflected shot
Ajax eventually woke up with Rafael van der Vaart providing more of a threat as the half went on, but it was GAK who came closest to opening the scoring when a searing drive from Milinkovic was deflected wide by an Ajax defender after 26 minutes.

Good save
Van der Vaart was denied by Schranz as he went one on one with the goalkeeper after 53 minutes only to see GAK take the lead three minutes later. A free-kick was looped into the area for Austrian international defender Emanuel Pogatetz to head into the Ajax goal to the delight of the home supporters.

Ibrahimovic denied
However, with mass substitutions in the final quarter of the game, tiredness began to take its toll on the GAK defence, with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic causing problems with his power and pace. After Sneijder had equalised, Ibrahimovic almost won the game, forcing Schranz into a fine save after 81 minutes.

Last updated: 13/08/03 12.06CET

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Lineups

gak

GAK

ajax

Ajax

1
SchranzAndreas Schranz (GK)
21
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
2
PötscherGregor Pötscher
2
TrabelsiHatem Trabelsi
4
TokićMario Tokić
4
EscudéJulien Escudé
5
EhmannAnton Ehmann (C)
8
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Substitution69
6
RamuschDieter Ramusch
Yellow Card69
10
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart (C)
9
NaumoskiIlco Naumoski
Substitution73
15
MaxwellMaxwell
Yellow Card55
10
MilinkovicNikola Milinkovic
Substitution60
17
WambertoWamberto
18
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
Goal56
18
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal79
Substitution86
19
DollingerMatthias Dollinger
Substitution69
19
SonckWesley Sonck
Substitution64
20
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
22
YakubuAbubakari Yakubu
28
KollmannRoland Kollmann
23
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera

Substitutes

13
AlmerFranz Almer (GK)
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
7
StandfestJoachim Standfest
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
11
AmerhauserMartin Amerhauser
Substitution69
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution64
12
GoossensMichaël Goossens
Substitution73
11
SikoraVictor Sikora
Substitution69
17
KulovitsEnrico Kulovits
Substitution60
14
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
Substitution86
22
BazinaMario Bazina
26
ObodaiAnthony Obodai
23
SickGernot Sick

Coach

Walter Schachner (AUT) Ronald Koeman (NED)

Referee

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA), Gianpiero Gregori (ITA)

Fourth official

Marco Gabriele (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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