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Schöne free-kick earns Ajax draw against Paris

Published: Wednesday 17 September 2014, 22.54CET
AFC Ajax 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Zlatan Ibrahimović's return to the Amsterdam ArenA ended in a Group F draw as Lasse Schöne cancelled out Edinson Cavani's strike.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Match statistics

AjaxParis

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts12
 
14
on target3
 
5
off target5
 
5
blocked4
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
6
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
14
Passes512
 
496
completed465
 
442

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:49 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 17 September 2014, 22.54CET

Schöne free-kick earns Ajax draw against Paris

AFC Ajax 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Zlatan Ibrahimović's return to the Amsterdam ArenA ended in a Group F draw as Lasse Schöne cancelled out Edinson Cavani's strike.

Edinson Cavani's tenth UEFA Champions League goal puts Paris ahead
A shot from one-time Ajax favourite Zlatan Ibrahimović leads to the striker's finish
Erstwhile Ajax full-backs Maxwell and Gregory van der Wiel also face their former club
Lasse Schöne equalises with a 74th-minute free-kick – Ajax's first effort on target
Next games: APOEL v Ajax, Paris v Barcelona (30 September)

Lasse Schöne cancelled out Edinson Cavani's opener as AFC Ajax came from behind to salvage a UEFA Champions League Group F point against Paris Saint-Germain.

The visitors had the first decent chance after eight minutes, only for Lucas to work Thiago Motta's corner over the bar with his knees. The opening goal was not long in coming, though. Nicolai Boilesen's slip inside the penalty box conceded possession to Lucas, who fed Zlatan Ibrahimović. Although the Sweden captain's effort was blocked by Joël Veltman, Cavani followed up to stroke in the loose ball. 

A long-range free-kick by the former Ajax striker was comfortably gathered by Jasper Cillessen as Paris kept up the pressure. The Dutch title holders had a couple of half-hearted attempts from distance but failed to sustain any forward momentum; front man Kolbeinn Sigthórsson barely touched the ball in the first half.

The Ligue 1 team ought to have doubled their lead seconds after the restart. Niklas Moisander lost the ball to Lucas, who, clean through and with all the time in the world, missed the target. This seemed to galvanise Ajax and substitute Niki Zimling's rasping drive only just cleared Salvatore Sirigu's crossbar. Ibrahimović fired narrowly wide as the game opened up and then had a low free-kick smothered by the Dutch No1.

Anwar El Ghazi replaced Sigthórsson as Frank de Boer sought more firepower, but the next clear opportunity again fell to the French champions, Gregory van der Wiel shooting tamely at Cillessen when sent clear by Lucas. The Brazil midfielder was revelling in his role as provider, although Marquinhos could only head his whipped free-kick past the upright midway through the second period.

Such profligacy was to prove costly as Ajax levelled with a little under a quarter of an hour remaining. Marquinhos brought down Thulani Serero on the edge of the penalty area and Sirigu failed to keep out Schöne's free-kick, despite getting his right hand to it. The Danish international came so close to a repeat strike three minutes later, though this time Sirigu's touch ushered the ball against a post.

Last updated: 29/05/15 6.55CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

paris

Paris

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
Yellow Card72
3
VeltmanJoël Veltman
Yellow Card56
7
LucasLucas
Substitution81
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
5
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal14
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution61
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
10
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
Yellow Card30
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
16
AndersenLucas Andersen
17
MaxwellMaxwell
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
Goal74
Substitution82
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
25
SereroThulani Serero
Yellow Card69
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution81
26
ViergeverNick Viergever
Substitution46
32
David LuizDavid Luiz

Substitutes

33
BoerDiederik Boer (GK)
1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
6
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
8
DuarteLerin Duarte
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
19
MilikArkadiusz Milik
Substitution82
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
21
El GhaziAnwar El Ghazi
Substitution61
Yellow Card68
21
DigneLucas Digne
24
DenswilStefano Denswil
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution81
32
ZimlingNiki Zimling
Substitution46
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution81

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Mike Pickel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Mark Borsch (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel Gräfe (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution