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Espanyol march on in Amsterdam

Published: Friday 1 December 2006, 0.40CET
AFC Ajax 0-2 RCD Espanyol Goals from Walter Pandiani and Ferrán Corominas cemented the Spanish visitors' position at the top of Group F.

Match statistics

AjaxEspanyol

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners7
 
3
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 1 December 2006, 0.40CET

Espanyol march on in Amsterdam

AFC Ajax 0-2 RCD Espanyol Goals from Walter Pandiani and Ferrán Corominas cemented the Spanish visitors' position at the top of Group F.

RCD Espanyol remain unbeaten in this season's UEFA Cup after booking their place in the knockout rounds with a 2-0 away win against an AFC Ajax side who look set to join them in the last 32.

Pole position
The Spanish club's third victory in as many Group F matches – which came courtesy of goals from Walter Pandiani and Ferrán Corominas - leaves them almost certain to go through as group winners, with Ajax following unless they lose heavily at Belgian rivals SV Zulte Waregem on 13 December.

Rearguard action
Despite scoring either side of half-time in Amsterdam, Espanyol needed to show defensive mettle to secure this impressive result. Visiting keeper Gorka Iraizoz had to save a Wesley Sneijder free-kick before denying Gabri inside the first 20 minutes. Then another Catalan player was left frustrated by the team from Barcelona, as Pandiani blocked Roger García's first effort and Iraizoz the second, from a corner.

Deadlock broken
Espanyol had scored six goals in their previous outing – a 6-2 rout of Zulte Waregem – and showed the same clinical edge on 36 minutes when Pandiani drilled a shot past Maarten Stekelenburg from just inside the penalty area following Mohamed El Yaagoubi's surge down the left. Ajax's prolific marksman Klaas Jan Huntelaar tried to respond in kind but his overhead kick from Mauro Rosales's cross was kept out by Iraizoz.

Doubling up
The custodian then excelled himself with stops from Sneijder and substitute Jan Vertonghen, in the latter instance turning a long-range strike around his post. If the Espanyol advantage had been slender, it became substantial in the 78th minute when Corominas scored from close in after Stekelenburg failed to hold a stinging drive from Pandiani. The next goal for Espanyol: to continue their 100 per cent record against FK Austria in two weeks' time.

Last updated: 01/12/06 11.56CET

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Lineups

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Ajax

espanyol

Espanyol

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
2
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
Yellow Card90+2
4
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
4
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
6
Eduardo CostaEduardo Costa
Yellow Card72
6
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution46
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Goal35
7
RosalesMauro Rosales
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution72
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar (C)
12
VelascoJuan Velasco
Yellow Card54
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
17
Mohamed El Yaagoubi Moha
Substitution78
14
Roger GarcíaRoger García
Substitution46
20
CoroCoro
Goal77
Substitution88
18
GabriGabri
Substitution72
21
JarqueDaniel Jarque (C)
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
Yellow Card43
22
MoisésHurtado Moisés
Yellow Card63
22
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
30
ChicaFrancisco Chica

Substitutes

30
GentenaarDennis Gentenaar (GK)
25
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
16
De MulTom De Mul
Substitution72
8
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution72
21
MiteaNicolae Mitea
Substitution46
9
De la PeñaIván de la Peña
Substitution88
28
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Substitution46
Yellow Card87
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution78
15
LindenberghOlaf Lindenbergh
16
JônatasJônatas
17
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
19
TorrejónMarc Torrejón
19
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
23
TamudoRaúl Tamudo

Coach

Henk ten Cate (NED) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Paolo Bertini (ITA)

Assistant referees

Stefano Ayroldi (ITA), Roberto Carrer (ITA)

Fourth official

Christian Brighi (ITA)

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