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Brøndby saved by late deflection

Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.39CET
Brøndby IF 2-2 AFC Ajax The Dutch side lead twice but are pegged back by a last-gasp Julien Escudé own goal.

Match statistics

BrøndbyAjax

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.39CET

Brøndby saved by late deflection

Brøndby IF 2-2 AFC Ajax The Dutch side lead twice but are pegged back by a last-gasp Julien Escudé own goal.

An added-time own goal from Julien Escudé has given Brøndby IF hope of overhauling AFC Ajax, but the Dutch club remain favourites to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage after scoring two away goals in Denmark.

Selection gamble
Ajax coach Danny Blind made a number of changes to his usual lineup for this third qualifying round tie, handing starts to youngsters Ryan Babel, Urby Emanuelson and Markus Rosenberg while leaving internationals John Heitinga, Tomáš Galásek and Wesley Sneijder on the bench. The gamble looked to be paying off handsomely as the Dutch visitors led twice, only to concede at the last.

Goalkeeper stranded
Blind's side carried a 2-1 advantage into added time, but with seconds remaining Escudé was caught out when Martin Retov's long-range effort rebounded on to him and found its way past the stranded Hans Vonk.

Debut goal
The four-times European champions had gone ahead in the 30th minute when Steven Pienaar showed good vision to pick out Rosenberg and the 22-year-old Swedish international - making his Ajax debut – placed the ball just inside the right-hand post.

Skoubo strikes
The lead was short-lived, however, as Morten Skoubo capitalised on a defensive error to equalise within three minutes. Ajax were still on top and shortly before half-time Nigel de Jong played a neat one-two with Hatem Trabelsi to break through on goal but he could not find a finish.

Back in front
In the second half Pienaar continued to create, laying on a good chance for Nourdin Boukhari which the winger failed to convert. Instead, it was the 18-year-old Babel who put the Eredivisie team back in front in the 73rd minute, letting fly a powerful long-range shot that left Casper Ankergren with little chance.

Final twist
Brøndby could have levelled matters in the 83rd minute, when Vonk struggled to hold on to an effort from Johan Elmander, but as it was they waited until the last possible moment to make their move.

Last updated: 10/08/05 23.25CET

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Lineups

brøndby

Brøndby

ajax

Ajax

16
AnkergreenCasper Ankergreen (GK)
12
VonkHans Vonk (GK)
3
RytterThomas Rytter
2
TrabelsiHatem Trabelsi
4
NielsenPer Nielsen (C)
3
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
Yellow Card83
6
LantzMarcus Lantz
Yellow Card4
Substitution81
5
EscudéJulien Escudé (C)
Goal90+3
7
LorentzenKasper Lorentzen
Substitution67
8
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
9
RetovMartin Retov
10
PienaarSteven Pienaar
17
SkouboMorten Skoubo
Goal33
Yellow Card67
11
BabelRyan Babel
Goal73
19
ElmanderJohan Elmander
16
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Yellow Card16
20
SennelsAsbjørn Sennels
19
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
22
AggerDaniel Agger
24
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Goal31
Substitution88
26
JørgensenMads Jørgensen
Substitution39
28
BoukhariNourdin Boukhari
Substitution76

Substitutes

1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
26
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
2
SkarbaliusAurelius Skarbalius
4
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
5
JohansenDan Anton Johansen
6
GalásekTomáš Galásek
8
DaugaardKim Daugaard
Substitution67
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution88
12
KamperJonas Kamper
Substitution39
15
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
13
SchmidtStefan Schmidt
18
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution76
24
AbsalonsenJohan Absalonsen
Substitution81
27
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan

Coach

Michael Laudrup (DEN) Danny Blind (NED)

Referee

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Marco Ivaldi (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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