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Ajax leapfrog Celtic with first Group H win

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 23.00CET
AFC Ajax 1-0 Celtic FC
Lasse Schöne's second-half goal enabled the Amsterdam team to chalk up their first victory in Group H and overtake the Scottish champions.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 23.00CET

Ajax leapfrog Celtic with first Group H win

AFC Ajax 1-0 Celtic FC
Lasse Schöne's second-half goal enabled the Amsterdam team to chalk up their first victory in Group H and overtake the Scottish champions.

AFC Ajax moved above Celtic FC into third place in Group H after a solitary Lasse Schöne goal gave them all three points in Amsterdam.

If the matchday four encounter needed a spark after a largely uneventful first half, it got it six minutes from the restart as Denmark midfielder Schöne kept his head when one-on-one with Celtic No1 Fraser Forster. Chances followed at both ends as the game finally opened up, but ultimately Schöne's strike was enough to prolong Celtic's miserable away record in the UEFA Champions League and hoist Ajax back into contention for second spot.

In an often forgettable opening period, Forster was the first keeper called into action, palming a Stefano Denswil free-kick around the post on eight minutes. The big Englishman repeated the feat after Ricardo van Rhijn's cross was headed goalwards by Siem de Jong. If those two saves helped keep the scoreline blank, Forster's opposite number Jasper Cillessen had probably one of the quietest 45 minutes of his career, amid little cohesive play from either side.

Ajax did enjoy more possession and a territorial advantage, but created no opportunities of any note. For their part, Celtic earned a couple of corners shortly before the break which came to nothing. The half-time recess heralded a sea change, however, and the visitors' Beram Kayal soon passed up a glorious chance, running unchallenged through the heart of the home defence only to blaze his effort high and wide.

The miss was to prove costly – Ajax took the lead seconds later. Schöne drove into the box after a one-two with Thulani Serero and beat Foster with a clever low shot. Suddenly the match was alive. Anthony Stokes forced Cillessen into a good save before Emilio Izaguirre headed another Schöne attempt off the line. Back came Celtic, and only a Jöel Veltman interception prevented James Forrest's pass reaching the unmarked Stokes in the Ajax area.

The Bhoys started to gain the upper hand and won two free-kicks in dangerous positions, but Cillessen dealt easily with the first from Kris Commons and then punched the second clear. The same player tried an audacious lob from 25 metres that narrowly cleared the bar.

Derk Boerrigter came on against his old club to inject some pace into the Celtic attack, yet it was team-mate Forrest who threatened next, worming his way into the box before being crowded out. Not that Ajax were being overrun: Denswil headed against the post in the dying minutes, though in the end it was Schöne alone who decided the contest. For the Scottish champions it signalled a 24th defeat in 26 away games in the UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.43CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

celtic

Celtic

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
3
IzaguirreEmilio Izaguirre
Yellow Card43
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution90
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong (C)
5
van DijkVirgil van Dijk
12
VeltmanJoël Veltman
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras (C)
Yellow Card19
15
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution73
17
BlindDaley Blind
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution81
18
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
Yellow Card41
Substitution83
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
Goal51
23
LustigMikael Lustig
24
DenswilStefano Denswil
Yellow Card68
33
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution77
25
SereroThulani Serero
Substitution72
49
ForrestJames Forrest

Substitutes

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
11
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution73
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution83
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution77
6
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
Substitution90
17
BaldéAmido Baldé
7
FischerViktor Fischer
Substitution72
18
RogicTom Rogic
16
L. AndersenLucas Andersen
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution81
23
HoesenDanny Hoesen
41
FisherDarnell Fisher

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Holger Henschel (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Tobias Welz (GER), Bastian Dankert (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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