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Paris stay clear with Ajax defeat

Published: Tuesday 25 November 2014, 22.41CET
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 AFC Ajax
Paris remain top of Group F after two Edinson Cavani goals aided them to victory against eliminated opponents.
by Chris Burke
from Parc des Princes

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Match statistics

ParisAjax

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)47
 
53
Total attempts10
 
9
on target4
 
1
off target5
 
4
blocked1
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
15
Passes484
 
592
completed427
 
537

Standings

Group F

PPts
Paris Saint-Germain Paris513
FC Barcelona Barcelona512
AFC Ajax Ajax52
APOEL FC APOEL51

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 25 November 2014, 22.41CET

Paris stay clear with Ajax defeat

Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 AFC Ajax
Paris remain top of Group F after two Edinson Cavani goals aided them to victory against eliminated opponents.

Paris maintain top spot in Group F with 3-1 win against Ajax
Edinson Cavani opens scoring with fourth goal in competition this term
Davy Klaassen heads level; Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cavani respond
Paris need draw at Barcelona to finish top; Ajax require point versus APOEL for third
Next games: Barcelona v Paris, Ajax v APOEL (10 December)

Paris Saint-Germain continued their charge to seal first place in UEFA Champions League Group F with a 3-1 success against AFC Ajax.

Already through to the last 16, Paris required a win to maintain pole position ahead of FC Barcelona, who kept the pressure up by defeating APOEL FC. Edinson Cavani opened the scoring just after the half-hour, and although Davy Klaassen headed level, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cavani responded to leave Paris needing a draw in Spain on 10 December to top the section – and Ajax chasing the same result against APOEL to finish third.

Forced to field a makeshift midfield due to a flurry of injuries, the hosts seemed disjointed in the early moments, despite Ibrahimović's first outing on the European stage since matchday one. Instead, Ajax made the brighter initial impression, pressing their opponents high up the pitch and moving the ball around with confidence.

Their early momentum was briefly disrupted by an injury to left-back Nicolai Boilesen – Nick Viergever taking over – but they were soon camped out in Paris's half again. Clear chances were another matter altogether, though, and it was the home side who enjoyed the first, Ezequiel Lavezzi firing at Jasper Cillessen after being sent scampering clear by Ibrahimović.

Looking vulnerable on the break on that occasion, Ajax were exposed in a similar vein on 33 minutes. This time, the results were more far damaging, with Ibrahimović and Lavezzi involved once again. The Sweden forward released his team-mate in behind the defence and, as Cillessen came out to challenge, Lavezzi rolled the ball left for Cavani to finish into an empty net.

The goal may have come against the run of play, but it changed the complexion of the match. The French champions suddenly appeared more comfortable, and they maintained their calm after the interval – to the point, perhaps, of letting their concentration slip. That was certainly how it seemed midway through the half when Klaassen was allowed to spear a diving header past Salvatore Sirigu from Ricardo Kishna's excellent deep cross.

Paris needed to wake up or slip down to second in the group, and not for the first time Ibrahimović provided the solution, controlling a pass from Javier Pastore and swivelling to lash a superb effort inside the far post. The heavens then opened above the Parc des Princes and when it rains, of course, it pours – Cavani pouncing on a back pass from Niki Zimling and rounding Cillessen to put the result beyond doubt.

Last updated: 29/05/15 4.59CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

ajax

Ajax

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal33
Goal83
5
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen (C)
Substitution10
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Yellow Card38
Goal78
Substitution86
6
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
10
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
Yellow Card18
Goal67
17
MaxwellMaxwell
11
KishnaRicardo Kishna
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution68
16
AndersenLucas Andersen
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
19
MilikArkadiusz Milik
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
Substitution75
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
24
DenswilStefano Denswil
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
25
SereroThulani Serero
Substitution69

Substitutes

16
MaignanMike Maignan (GK)
33
BoerDiederik Boer (GK)
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
7
LucasLucas
Substitution68
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
19
AurierSerge Aurier
12
RiedewaldJairo Riedewald
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
Substitution75
21
El GhaziAnwar El Ghazi
21
DigneLucas Digne
Substitution86
26
ViergeverNick Viergever
Substitution10
33
AugustinJean-Kévin Augustin
32
ZimlingNiki Zimling
Substitution69

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Frank de Boer (NED)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Matej Žunič (SVN), Bojan Ul (SVN)

Fourth official

Manuel Vidali (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Mitja Žganec (SVN), Dejan Balažič (SVN)

Legend:

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