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Ibrahimović helps Milan hold Ajax

Published: Tuesday 28 September 2010, 22.30CET
AFC Ajax 1-1 AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored on his return to the Amsterdam ArenA as the Rossoneri came from behind to earn a draw.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Match statistics

AjaxMilan

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners7
 
1
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 28 September 2010, 22.30CET

Ibrahimović helps Milan hold Ajax

AFC Ajax 1-1 AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored on his return to the Amsterdam ArenA as the Rossoneri came from behind to earn a draw.

Zlatan Ibrahimović scored on his return to the Amsterdam ArenA as AC Milan kept their UEFA Champions League Group G campaign on track after a 1-1 draw at AFC Ajax.

The home side made a bright start and deservedly forged ahead through Mounir El Hamdaoui on 23 minutes. Milan were level before half-time as their former Ajax duo combined, Clarence Seedorf teeing up Zlatan Ibrahimović to fire in from close range. There was little to choose between the teams thereafter, with neither coming close to forcing a winner.

It was in contrast to a lively start. Luis Suárez made his intentions clear as early as the 12th minute with a dipping shot from distance that only just cleared Christian Abbiati's bar. Seedorf then cleverly released Robinho, whose low drive was well parried by Maarten Stekelenburg.

But it was Martin Jol's side who were playing with real confidence, and midway through the first period they were ahead. Suárez brilliantly flicked a pass from Urby Emanuelson through Alessandro Nesta's legs, before sliding the ball for El Hamdaoui to turn smartly and drill a shot high into the net.

The visitors squandered a glorious opportunity to restore parity shortly after. Once again Seedorf set Robinho free, this time one-on-one with Stekelenburg; but the Brazilian dithered before missing the target with a weak effort. Ibrahimović showed how it is done eight minutes before the interval, collecting Seedorf's clipped pass and acrobatically stabbing the ball in.

The Dutch side responded well, starting the second half with real purpose, though they failed to carve out any clear-cut chances. Robinho curled high over from outside the box in a rare counter, and soon after substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng did the same. The Ghanaian international brought pace to the visitors' midfield, yet although his side gradually reasserted themselves they could not find a way through the Ajax defence, for whom Jan Vertonghen was imperious.

Both teams seemed to have settled for a point well before the final whistle, although Stekelenburg made a marvellous block to deny Boateng's angled drive near the death. Milan will nonetheless be satisfied with a point to add to the three they collected against AJ Auxerre on Matchday 1. Ajax will hope for similar when they host the French side next time out.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.33CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

milan

Milan

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso (C)
Yellow Card65
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution85
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal37
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution38
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Yellow Card54
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card40
Substitution52
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
Goal23
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card59
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
70
RobinhoRobinho
Yellow Card39
Substitution85
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution79
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
Yellow Card68

Substitutes

30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution38
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution85
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution85
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
Substitution79
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
23
OleguerOleguer
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution52
46
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Felix Zwayer (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Marc Seemann (GER)

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