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Auxerre defeat Ajax thanks to Langil

Published: Wednesday 3 November 2010, 22.30CET
AJ Auxerre 2-1 AFC Ajax
Substitute Steeven Langil struck with six minutes left to get Auxerre off the mark in Group G and dent Ajax's own chances of making the last 16.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Abbé-Deschamps

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Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target7
 
9
Corners5
 
8
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
14
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

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

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Published: Wednesday 3 November 2010, 22.30CET

Auxerre defeat Ajax thanks to Langil

AJ Auxerre 2-1 AFC Ajax
Substitute Steeven Langil struck with six minutes left to get Auxerre off the mark in Group G and dent Ajax's own chances of making the last 16.

AJ Auxerre have their first points on the board in UEFA Champions League Group G after substitute Steeven Langil struck late on to defeat AFC Ajax.

Beaten in each of their first three outings, Auxerre are now just two points behind second-placed AC Milan – their visitors on 23 November – with Ajax midway between both in third. It was the visitors who showed the brighter early touches, but lively competition newcomer Frédéric Sammaritano put the Ligue 1 side ahead with a ninth-minute deflected effort and his team-mate Langil pounced with four minutes remaining after Toby Alderweireld had pulled Martin Jol's men level.

A quiet opening looked primed to settle into a pattern of Ajax dominance as soon as the likes of Mounir El Hamdaoui and Luis Suárez began finding time on the ball. That impression became even more alluring when Urby Emanuelson rifled narrowly over from the left, but it was rapidly banished by Sammaritano as the diminutive forward found the net via Jan Vertonghen, Julien Quercia having chested down a Dariusz Dudka ball on the edge of the area.

Demy de Zeeuw nearly responded immediately with a sliding volley that sailed too high, but, leading for the first time in this year's group stage, Auxerre were hungry for more goals and threatened twice through Valter Birsa, the Slovenian international heading wide and scuffing to the left of the target. Nobody was enjoying himself more than Sammaritano, though, and the energetic goalscorer flayed a loose ball past a post, before Suárez went even closer at the other end after bamboozling Dudka.

If that chance warned Auxerre not to get too comfortable, they maintained their dominance when Birsa headed a Benoît Pedretti free-kick straight at Maarten Stekelenburg. Right-back Cédric Hengbart then christened the second period with a dipping volley taken comfortably by the Ajax No1, but, having introduced Siem de Jong for Eyong Enoh, the Eredivisie outfit gradually set about building pressure. Suárez was becoming a particular thorn in Auxerre's side and, after heading against the crossbar, he prodded wide with Hengbart on the floor in his wake.

It was centre-back Alderweireld who nonetheless levelled the scores, nodding beyond Olivier Sorin from a Suárez cross. That merely brought Auxerre out of their shells again, however, and Langil instantly tested Stekelenburg on the break. Set free by fellow substitute Kamel Chafni moments later, this time Langil rolled the ball under the Dutch international.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.45CET

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Quotes

  • Jean Fernandez

    Read more"It's a great relief. Since the start of the group stage we have been playing well but failing to pick up points"

  • Martin Jol

    Read more"The first half Auxerre played the kind of football they like to play, in the style that suits them: they were dangerous"

Lineups

auxerre

Auxerre

ajax

Ajax

1
SorinOlivier Sorin (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
2
HengbartCédric Hengbart
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Yellow Card37
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Goal79
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Yellow Card87
6
CoulibalyAdama Coulibaly
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution58
9
BirsaValter Birsa
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Substitution46
11
QuerciaJulien Quercia
Substitution63
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
15
SammaritanoFrédéric Sammaritano
Goal9
Substitution86
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti (C)
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Yellow Card84
18
ContoutRoy Contout
Substitution80
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
29
N'DingaDelvin N'Dinga
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution83

Substitutes

16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
7
ChafniKamel Chafni
Substitution80
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution58
20
SidibeAmadou Sidibe
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution83
21
LangilSteeven Langil
Substitution63
Goal84
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
Substitution46
23
BerthodJérémy Berthod
Substitution86
17
BlindDaley Blind
25
BourgeoisMaxime Bourgeois
19
TainioTeemu Tainio
35
Ntep De MadibaPaul-Georges Ntep De Madiba
23
OleguerOleguer

Coach

Jean Fernandez (FRA) Martin Jol (NED)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Kevin Friend (ENG), Anthony Taylor (ENG)

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