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Stylish Ajax eliminate Dinamo

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.54CET
AFC Ajax 4-0 GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Frank de Boer's side scored four lovely goals to strengthen their grip on second place in Group D and eliminate Dinamo.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA
Stylish Ajax eliminate Dinamo
Miralem Sulejmani scored a super second for Ajax ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AjaxDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners10
 
4
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)59
 
41

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.54CET

Stylish Ajax eliminate Dinamo

AFC Ajax 4-0 GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Frank de Boer's side scored four lovely goals to strengthen their grip on second place in Group D and eliminate Dinamo.

AFC Ajax strengthened their grip on second place in UEFA Champions League Group D with a stylish 4-0 victory against GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Frank de Boer's side won 2-0 in Croatia a fortnight ago and there was no looking back after Gregory van der Wiel and Miralem Sulejmani applied finishing touches to sweeping team moves in the first 25 minutes. Siem de Jong and substitute Nicolás Lodeiro did likewise in the second half to leave Ajax three points clear of Olympique Lyonnais – beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid CF tonight – ahead of their meeting in France on matchday five.

Ajax took the game straight to the visitors, with both Christian Eriksen and Theo Janssen narrowly missing the target from distance in the opening moments. De Jong then only failed to connect with Derk Boerrigter's low centre by a fraction. The opener was coming and when it arrived it was worth the wait. On 20 minutes, Eriksen collected the ball on the right and brilliantly took out two defenders with a back-heeled pass to Van der Wiel, who waited for his moment before firing high into Ivan Kelava's net.

The celebrations had barely abated before the lead was doubled. Eyong Enoh won a 50-50 and then charged forward before slipping a pass to De Jong as he was tackled. The No10 played a delightful ball through the Dinamo defence to Sulejmani, who took the goalkeeper out of the equation with his first touch and found the net with his second.

Ajax were irresistible and only a superb one-handed save by the overworked Kelava prevented Domagoj Vida heading Sulejmani's cross into his own net. Picked out by De Jong's deep pass, Sulejmani then nodded the wrong side of one post, while Toby Alderweireld grazed the outside of the opposite upright from Eriksen's corner as half-time approached.

Dinamo played with more purpose at the start of the second half yet the waves of red-and-white attacks continued. De Jong had a lob tipped away but was not to be denied as he converted another wonderful flick from Eriksen following another outstanding attacking move.

Eriksen left the field to a standing ovation, and the man who replaced him, Lodeiro, had the fans on their feet again in added time when he steered a low pass from fellow substitute Lorenzo Ebecilio inside the near post.

Last updated: 09/12/12 9.17CET

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Lineups

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Ajax

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
30
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Goal20
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
Yellow Card85
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
4
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen (C)
5
CalelloAdrián Calello
Yellow Card25
Substitution46
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Yellow Card7
7
LekoJerko Leko
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Yellow Card14
8
KovačićMateo Kovačić
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Goal25
Substitution72
10
SammirSammir
Substitution72
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution80
14
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
Goal65
16
BadeljMilan Badelj (C)
16
JanssenTheo Janssen
24
VidaDomagoj Vida
Yellow Card63
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution77
55
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution56

Substitutes

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
11
EbecilioLorenzo Ebecilio
Substitution77
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution46
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
18
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution72
17
BlindDaley Blind
21
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution56
18
LodeiroNicolás Lodeiro
Substitution80
Goal90+2
23
PokrivačNikola Pokrivač
19
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
37
LukokiJody Lukoki
Substitution72
99
KrstanovićIvan Krstanović

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Krunoslav Jurčić (CRO)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Mark Clattenburg (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

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