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Slavia make Ajax pay the penalty

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.55CET
AFC Ajax 0-1 SK Slavia Praha David Kalivoda succeeded where Klaas Jan Huntelaar failed from the penalty spot to give Slavia the edge.
by Berend Scholten
from Amsterdam

Match statistics

AjaxSlavia Praha

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts0
1
on target0
1
off target0
 
0
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Fouls suffered0
 
0
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.55CET

Slavia make Ajax pay the penalty

AFC Ajax 0-1 SK Slavia Praha David Kalivoda succeeded where Klaas Jan Huntelaar failed from the penalty spot to give Slavia the edge.

SK Slavia Praha retain hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time after taking a 1-0 lead from Amsterdam and their third qualifying round first-leg encounter against AFC Ajax.

Kalivoda winner
David Kalivoda's 74th-minute penalty gave an Ajax side still smarting from the departure of Wesley Sneijder for Real Madrid CF much to ponder ahead of their trip to the Czech capital on 29 August – while Slavia kept an impressive defensive record intact.

Ajax chances
Four games into the new season, Slavia have yet to concede in league and cup although they found themselves under early pressure here as Johnny Heitinga went close before Urby Emanuelson delivered a left-wing cross that debutant Luis Suárez scooped over. The chances continued with Thomas Vermaelen's 25th-minute header whistling past the post and Klaas Jan Huntelaar having a free-kick tipped over by Martin Vaniak.

Penalty saved
At the other end Slavia, minus the suspended Vladimír Šmicer, forced Maarten Stekelenburg into a good stop via Petr Janda's close-range effort but it was a rare moment of action for the Ajax goalkeeper. The Dutch team, who were eliminated at the same stage last term by FC København, squandered an opportunity to convert their superiority into a lead on the hour when Suárez was brought down and Huntelaar's penalty was saved.

Decisive moment
Ajax's frustration was mounting and 14 minutes later came the decisive moment as Slavia were awarded a spot-kick themselves. Awarded after Emanuelson had felled Janda, Kalivoda succeeded where Huntelaar had failed, placing the ball low into the bottom-right corner.

Czech hopes
Ajax kept battling in a bid to salvage at least a draw to take with them to Prague but despite a late Huntelaar attempt that ended up in the side-netting, they were unable to break down the Slavia back line. On a night when AC Sparta Praha lost against Arsenal FC, Czech hopes this season seem to be in safer hands with Slavia.

Last updated: 16/08/07 10.36CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
8
JandaPetr Janda
Substitution86
2
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
Yellow Card25
25
KalivodaDavid Kalivoda
Goal75
Substitution80
3
StamJaap Stam (C)
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
4
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
7
VlčekStanislav Vlček (C)
Yellow Card10
Substitution90
5
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
2
TavaresMickaël Tavares
Yellow Card61
7
BakircioglüKennedy Bakircioglü
3
BrabecErich Brabec
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
16
SuárezLuis Suárez
Substitution72
5
ŠvecMichal Švec
18
GabriGabri
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Yellow Card90+4
19
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution82
12
DříždalFrantišek Dříždal
31
ColinJürgen Colin
Yellow Card24
17
SuchýMarek Suchý

Substitutes

30
GentenaarDennis Gentenaar (GK)
10
GauchoGaucho
Substitution90
6
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
13
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
8
UrzaizIsmael Urzaiz
Substitution72
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
22
SchilderRobbert Schilder
23
VolešákLadislav Volešák
Substitution80
25
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
22
DivišJakub Diviš (GK)
26
SarpongJeffrey Sarpong
Substitution82
20
IvanaMilan Ivana
27
AnitaVurnon Anita
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
Substitution86

Coach

Henk ten Cate (NED) Karel Jarolím (CZE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution