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Ajax hold firm for vital victory against Auxerre

Published: Tuesday 19 October 2010, 22.30CET
AFC Ajax 2-1 AJ Auxerre
First-half goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Luis Suárez gave the home side a first Group G victory despite Valter Birsa's fine free-kick.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red cards1
 
2

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 19 October 2010, 22.30CET

Ajax hold firm for vital victory against Auxerre

AFC Ajax 2-1 AJ Auxerre
First-half goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Luis Suárez gave the home side a first Group G victory despite Valter Birsa's fine free-kick.

First-half goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Luis Suárez gave AFC Ajax a much-needed win against AJ Auxerre as the Dutch side brought themselves back into contention in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Having taken just one point from two games, Ajax required an early confidence boost and duly received it thanks to De Zeeuw's thunderous drive. Martin Jol's men doubled their advantage shortly before the break with a typically composed Suárez finish, yet the complexion of the match changed when Valter Birsa converted a free-kick awarded after André Ooijer had been sent off for bringing down Dennis Oliech. The hosts hung on to claim three valuable points, while their visitors also ended with ten men following Oliech's late red card.

Keen to establish dominance as quickly as possible, Ajax got off to a dream start by taking the lead on seven minutes. Olivier Sorin could only parry Rasmus Lindgren's low shot and De Zeeuw beat Delvin Ndinga to the loose ball, unleashing a tremendous diagonal shot into the top corner from just outside the area. The Amsterdam outfit then went on to control possession for the next half-hour without carving out any further openings.

Just when it seemed the first half would fizzle out quietly, however, Ajax struck again with another goal of real quality after 41 minutes. A flowing move down the right that began near their own penalty area culminated in Mounir El Hamdaoui releasing Suárez behind the Auxerre defence, and the Uruguayan international calmly steered a low shot past Sorin with the outside of his right boot.

De Zeeuw almost put the tie out of the visitors' reach immediately after the restart, narrowly failing to get his head to a Suárez cross. Instead, Ajax found themselves down to ten men when Ooijer pulled down Oliech with the Kenyan bearing down on goal. Additional punishment was swift, Birsa expertly curling the resulting free-kick beyond Maarten Stekelenburg.

Unsurprisingly, Auxerre began to press for an equaliser and Eyong Enoh had to hook a header from Adama Coulibaly off the line. Ajax's lead was looking increasingly precarious, although Suárez could have put the result beyond doubt with 12 minutes left only to pass up the opportunity.

Their French rivals pushed hard, but a third consecutive defeat beckoned for the Ligue 1 side when Oliech collected a second yellow card five minutes from time, with unused substitute Jean-Pascal Mignot later sent off from the touchline. Victory put Ajax level with AC Milan on four points in the standings, five shy of Real Madrid CF.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.08CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

auxerre

Auxerre

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
SorinOlivier Sorin (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
2
HengbartCédric Hengbart
Yellow Card20
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
Yellow Card30
6
EnohEyong Enoh
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution60
6
CoulibalyAdama Coulibaly
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
7
ChafniKamel Chafni
Yellow Card62
Substitution65
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
9
BirsaValter Birsa
Goal56
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
Red Card55
14
OliechDennis Oliech
Yellow Card80
Red Card85
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Goal41
Yellow Card63
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti (C)
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
18
ContoutRoy Contout
Substitution79
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Goal7
29
N'DingaDelvin N'Dinga

Substitutes

30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
11
QuerciaJulien Quercia
Substitution65
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
Yellow Card90
Red Card90
19
TainioTeemu Tainio
15
SammaritanoFrédéric Sammaritano
23
OleguerOleguer
Substitution60
23
BerthodJérémy Berthod
35
MidoMido
25
BourgeoisMaxime Bourgeois
Substitution79
46
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon
35
NtepPaul-Georges Ntep

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Jean Fernandez (FRA)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Jose Cardinal (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Batista (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Carlos Xistra (POR)

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