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Ajax - Barcelona
2-1
 

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Ajax claim Barcelona scalp to stay in contention

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.00CET
Ajax claim Barcelona scalp to stay in contention
Danny Hoesen wheels away after scoring Ajax's second goal of the night ©Getty Images

AFC Ajax deservedly defeated FC Barcelona 2-1 despite playing almost the entire second half with ten men.

The Eredivisie champions had their illustrious opponents on the rack from the word go and went ahead when Thulani Serero drilled a low shot beyond José Manuel Pinto. The Blaugrana did surprisingly little in response, and the home side's continued excellence was rewarded when Danny Hoesen netted after the Barça goalkeeper spilled a Viktor Fischer strike. Xavi Hernández's penalty and Jöel Veltman's red card changed the tack of the game, yet Ajax managed to withstand the pressure, claiming three precious points that catapult them back into contention in UEFA Champions League Group H.

 

Player rater

Serero

Top Player

Ajax 

Lineups

ajax

Ajax

barcelona

Barcelona

22Cillessen (GK)13Pinto (GK)
2Van Rhijn
Yellow Card59
2Montoya
Yellow Card68
4Moisander (C)3Piqué
Yellow Card31
7Fischer4Fàbregas
Yellow Card39
Substitution82
12Veltman
Red Card48
5Puyol (C)
Substitution68
15Boilesen
Substitution34
6Xavi Hernández
Goal49
Substitution74
17Blind7Pedro Rodríguez
18Klaassen8Iniesta
Yellow Card52
20Schöne
Yellow Card8
Substitution51
11Neymar
Yellow Card53
23Hoesen
Goal42
Substitution84
14Mascherano
25Serero
Goal19
17Song

Substitutes

1Vermeer (GK)25Oier Olazábal (GK)
5C. Poulsen
Substitution34
15Bartra
6Van Der Hoorn16Busquets
8Duarte
Substitution84
24Sergi Roberto
Substitution74
16L. Andersen27Gabarron
Substitution68
24Denswil
Substitution51
28Traoré
Substitution82
34De Sa29Dongou

Coaches

Frank De Boer (NED) Gerardo Martino (ARG)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Standings

Last updated: 27/11/2013 10:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Ajax
Barcelona

2

Goals scored

1

40

Possession (%)

60

9

Total attempts

9

6

on target

8

3

off target

1

1

blocked

6

0

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

10

2

Offsides

3

2

Yellow cards

5

1

Red Cards

0

21

Fouls committed

17

16

Fouls suffered

19

433

Passes

712

292

completed

568

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    What a moment for Frank de Boer and his young side. They coasted to a 2-0 lead at half-time before Jöel Veltman gave away a penalty in the process of being sent off four minutes into the second half. Xavi scored the resulting spot kick but Ajax have showed incredible resolve to hold on and keep their hopes alive of reaching the knockout stages.
  • Substitution
    84
    Duarte (in) - Hoesen (out) (Ajax)
    Ajax make a change too as the 23-year-old midfielder comes on to add some fresh legs.
  • Substitution
    82
    Traoré (in) - Fàbregas (out) (Barcelona)
    He has not even started for their 'B-team' yet but Adama Traore comes on for his first UEFA Champions League appearance in a Barcelona shirt. A bold call from Gerardo Martino.
  • Substitution
    74
    Sergi Roberto (in) - Xavi Hernández (out) (Barcelona)
    The 21-year-old comes on for his first UEFA Champions League appearance of the season and may well add some width to the visitors' play.
  • Substitution
    68
    Gabarron (in) - Puyol (out) (Barcelona)
    It is a UEFA Champions League debut for the 20-year-old defender.

See also

  • Ajax

    Next match UEFA Champions League: v Milan, 11 December 2013
  • Barcelona

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Celtic, 11 December 2013, 6-1
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