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Point proves enough for Ajax

Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.02CET
AFC Ajax 2-2 FC Bayern München The Dutch champions claim third place in Group C despite being held.

Match statistics

AjaxBayern

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners6
 
2
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.02CET

Point proves enough for Ajax

AFC Ajax 2-2 FC Bayern München The Dutch champions claim third place in Group C despite being held.

By Jules Marshall at Amsterdam ArenA

AFC Ajax claimed third position in UEFA Champions League Group C and a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup as an entertaining contest with FC Bayern München ended level.

Nervous wait
Needing a victory to be certain of holding off Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC to clinch third place, Ronald Koeman's side fell behind to Roy Makaay's ninth-minute strike, but goals from Tomáš Galásek and Nicolae Mitea turned the match in the home side's favour. Although Michael Ballack's late equaliser earned Bayern a point, Juventus FC drew 1-1 with Maccabi to leave Ajax in third place on head-to-head record.

Three changes
Ajax coach Ronald Koeman made three changes to his side, introducing Ryan Babel, Mitea and Nigel de Jong for Rafael van der Vaart, Nourdin Boukhari and Ioannis Anastasiou. Opposite number Felix Magath brought Samuel Kuffour, Tobias Rau, Martin Demichelis and Sebastian Deisler into his starting lineup.

Makaay magic
Ajax began the brighter, but it was Bayern - already secure in second place - who struck first to leave the hosts facing an uphill task. It was a familiar face who gave the German side an early lead, Dutch international Makaay scoring his 23rd Champions League goal with a typically opportunist finish. Left unmarked at the far post, the Bayern forward controlled Kuffour's right-wing cross after Ajax defender Zdenek Grygera had inadvertently flicked on and drove his shot across Hans Vonk.

Kahn save
Stung, the home side responded quickly and right-back Hatem Trabelsi played a one-two with Mauro Rosales before shooting from the edge of the Bayern penalty area to draw a fine one-handed save from Oliver Kahn. The Dutch champions continued to press, Babel collecting Wesley Sneijder's through-ball but shooting harmlessly over.

Important saves
Kahn was then called upon twice in quick succession, saving Mauro Rosales's header and then punching Sneijder's free-kick away. The goal Ajax had been threatening finally arrived in the 38th minute, Tomáš Galásek's shot taking a big deflection and leaving Kahn wrong-footed. In Bayern's 300th match in European competition, the Czech international's goal was the 300th they had conceded.

Ajax pressure
Ajax continued to press forward and Mitea burst powerfully through shortly before half-time only to drag his shot wide. Magath was without the services of key defenders Willy Sagnol, Lucio and Andreas Görlitz, and for the remainder of the half his team continued to be stretched by an effervescent Ajax.

Half-time alterations
The Bayern coach withdrew Torsten Frings and Claudio Pizarro at half-time, bringing on Zé Roberto and Paolo Guerrero, but the changes had little immediate effect as Ajax again started brightly. De Jong forced Kahn to save within five minutes, before Babel was booked for simulation when running through.

Mitea moment
A flurry of bookings followed, but it was Ajax who kept their composure the better and took the lead in the 64th minute as Mitea exchanged passes with Sneijder before driving low past Kahn.

Ballack leveller
The Romanian striker was replaced by Boukhari shortly afterwards as both coaches opted to make changes, and Magath's substitutions proved the more effective as Zé Roberto's cross was met by Ballack, who planted his header beyond Vonk and into the corner of the net.

Ajax relief
With Ajax knowing a point would leave them waiting on the result from Tel-Aviv, they pressed forward in search of a winner but Robert Kovac managed to steal the ball off the tip of Van der Vaart's toe as the Ajax substitute threatened. It mattered little, however, as Alessandro Del Piero's equaliser denied Maccabi victory and left Ajax in third place.

Last updated: 09/12/04 10.02CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

bayern

Bayern

31
VonkHans Vonk (GK)
1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
2
TrabelsiHatem Trabelsi
4
KuffourSamuel Kuffour
4
EscudéJulien Escudé
5
R.KovačRobert Kovač
Yellow Card54
5
MaxwellMaxwell
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card86
6
GalásekTomáš Galásek (C)
Goal38
8
FringsTorsten Frings
Substitution46
7
RosalesMauro Rosales
10
MakaayRoy Makaay
Goal9
16
N. de JongNigel de Jong
Yellow Card59
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal78
18
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution75
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Substitution46
23
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
Substitution75
15
RauTobias Rau
29
MiteaNicolae Mitea
Goal64
Substitution72
23
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Substitution74
49
BabelRyan Babel
Yellow Card52
26
DeislerSebastian Deisler
Yellow Card55

Substitutes

21
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
10
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution75
9
HashemianVahid Hashemian
12
ObodaiAnthony Obodai
Substitution75
11
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
Substitution46
14
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
17
AnastasiouYannis Anastasiou
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution74
20
De RidderDaniël de Ridder
33
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Substitution46
28
BoukhariNourdin Boukhari
Substitution72

Coach

Ronald Koeman (NED) Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), Jose Maria Pinheiro Devesa Neto (POR)

Fourth official

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

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