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Ajax win at Milan to cement third spot

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.43CET
AC Milan 0-2 AFC Ajax
Two fine finishes from outside the box helped Ajax earn the win they needed to secure third spot and UEFA Europa League football.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target4
 
13
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners5
 
9
Offsides10
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
14
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.43CET

Ajax win at Milan to cement third spot

AC Milan 0-2 AFC Ajax
Two fine finishes from outside the box helped Ajax earn the win they needed to secure third spot and UEFA Europa League football.

Second-half goals by Demy de Zeeuw and Toby Alderweireld ensured AFC Ajax bowed out of the UEFA Champions League in style with a win that booked their place in the UEFA Europa League.

Ajax were worthy winners against a team already through to the knockout stages, putting on a fine attacking display that will have pleased caretaker coach Frank de Boer. The goals were particularly easy on the eye, Alderweireld's 66th-minute thunderbolt, coming nine minutes after De Zeeuw's opener, the pick of them.

Beforehand De Boer had vowed to help Ajax "rediscover the joy of playing" and their early forays forward suggested the visitors were relishing this trip. Miralem Sulejmani played Luis Suárez in with a perfect through ball in the second minute, the Uruguayan international driving goalwards from ten metres to force a fine save from Marco Amelia.

The goalkeeper had to be equal to Sulejmani's effort soon afterwards as the hosts were pinned back in their half, while Mario Yepes and Daniele Bonera made vital blocks on Sulejmani and Christian Eriksen.

The impressive Eriksen came even closer midway through the half, working space for a curling shot from the edge of the box which Amelia acrobatically tipped over the bar. Milan were largely subdued, with just Ronaldinho's 37th-minute header, straight at Maarten Stekelenburg, to show for their first-half efforts. Ajax did have Alderweireld to thank shortly before the interval, however, when he cleared Robinho's low centre following a clever pass with the outside of his boot from Andrea Pirlo.

However, Ajax were on top and their pressure eventually told when Suárez picked out De Jong in the area, and after his shot was blocked, De Zeeuw fired in low from 18 metres. Though Thiago Silva came close with a header, Ajax deservedly doubled their lead in spectacular fashion when Alderweireld rifled in an unstoppable shot from 25 metres. Again Suárez was the instigator, cutting inside two defenders before rolling the ball back for the centre-back to find the top corner.

Substitute Zlatan Ibrahimović could have pulled a goal back two minutes later, tricking his way past Alderweireld before forcing Stekelenburg into a block with his legs, and the former Ajax striker fired a bicycle kick over in the last minute. But the night belonged to the visitors.

Last updated: 08/12/13 3.53CET

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Quotes

  • Frank de Boer

    Read more"I hope this victory will mean that the guys believe in their ability, as they all can play fantastic football"

  • Massimiliano Allegri

    Read more"Losing a Champions League match is always disappointing, and we needed to do more on the pitch"

Lineups

milan

Milan

ajax

Ajax

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution26
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Goal66
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Substitution63
6
EnohEyong Enoh
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Yellow Card48
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
70
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution76
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong
Substitution84
76
YepesMario Yepes
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Yellow Card35
Substitution90+2
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Goal57
Substitution82

Substitutes

30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution63
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
14
StrasserRodney Strasser
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
Substitution84
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
Substitution82
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution26
19
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution90+2
52
MerkelAlexander Merkel
Substitution76
23
OleguerOleguer

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Frank De Boer (NED)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Niels Hoeg (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Svendsen (DEN), Thomas Vejlgaard (DEN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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