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Ajax hold off determined PAOK comeback

Published: Wednesday 4 August 2010, 22.30CET
PAOK FC 3-3 AFC Ajax (agg: 4-4, Ajax win on away goals)
As Ajax breathed a collective sigh of relief, the Greek side were left to rue what might have been after falling short in a topsy-turvy tie.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Toumba Stadium
Ajax hold off determined PAOK comeback
Luis Suárez was again on target for Ajax ©vuurstphoto

Match statistics

PAOKAjax

Goals scored3
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners1
 
4
Offsides7
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 4 August 2010, 22.30CET

Ajax hold off determined PAOK comeback

PAOK FC 3-3 AFC Ajax (agg: 4-4, Ajax win on away goals)
As Ajax breathed a collective sigh of relief, the Greek side were left to rue what might have been after falling short in a topsy-turvy tie.

AFC Ajax survived a major scare in Greece as they edged through to the UEFA Champions League play-offs following a thrilling 3-3 draw with a PAOK FC side left to wonder what might have been.

Ajax took an early lead in last week's first leg before being pegged back and the roles were initially reversed in Salonika as Vieirinha's header put the hosts in front. It remained that way at half-time, but within ten minutes of the restart goals from Luis Suárez, Siem de Jong and Rasmus Lindgren had turned this third qualifying round tie on its head. The salvo left PAOK needing three goals – they managed two, Vladimir Ivić also missing a penalty.

The relief among the Ajax players at full time was palpable, and they knew they were in for a stiff examination from the off in north-west Greece. Maarten Stekelenburg had already denied Dimitris Salpingidis when Vieirinha struck and the visitors struggled to prise an opening. They did not need to, a series of defensive lapses allowing Suárez to turn things around, scoring himself then teeing up De Jong to make it 2-1 on the night.

Lindgren earned more breathing space when his free-kick found its way past Dario Krešić, but back came PAOK. Salpingidis made it 3-2, and it looked set for a grandstand finish when Vurnon Anita brought down Anis Boussaidi 13 minutes from time. Hero of the first leg, Ivić failed to beat Stekelenburg from the spot – his 91st-minute equaliser was all too late.

Last updated: 05/08/10 0.05CET

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Lineups

paok

PAOK

ajax

Ajax

91
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
3
BoussaidiAnis Boussaidi
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
5
Pablo GarcíaPablo García
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
6
VitoloVitolo
Substitution64
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
8
CirilloBruno Cirillo
Yellow Card61
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Yellow Card76
9
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Goal56
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution78
10
SorlinOlivier Sorlin
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
Goal50
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras (C)
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
20
VieirinhaVieirinha
Goal16
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Goal48
Substitution90+3
21
IvićVladimir Ivić
Penalty77
Goal90+1
Yellow Card90+2
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
Goal55
27
SznaucnerMiroslaw Sznaucner
Substitution84
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw

Substitutes

71
GlykosPanagiotis Glykos (GK)
12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
11
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
Substitution64
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution78
13
MalezasStelios Malezas
17
BlindDaley Blind
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
21
Hyun Jun SukHyun Jun Suk
19
KoutsianikoulisVassilis Koutsianikoulis
22
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
31
FilomenoLucio Filomeno
Substitution84
23
OleguerOleguer
Substitution90+3
36
SaviniMirko Savini
24
ZeegelaarMarvin Zeegelaar

Coach

Pavlos Dermitzakis (GRE) Martin Jol (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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