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Bremen thwart three goal Ajax

Published: Friday 23 February 2007, 0.35CET
AFC Ajax 3-1 Werder Bremen (agg: 3-4)
Bremen nearly blew a three-goal first-leg lead but advanced to the last 16 despite losing in Amsterdam.

Match statistics

AjaxBremen

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target14
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners8
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 23 February 2007, 0.35CET

Bremen thwart three goal Ajax

AFC Ajax 3-1 Werder Bremen (agg: 3-4)
Bremen nearly blew a three-goal first-leg lead but advanced to the last 16 despite losing in Amsterdam.

Werder Bremen nearly blew a three-goal first-leg lead but advanced to the UEFA Cup Round of 16 despite a 3-1 loss at AFC Ajax.

Powers of recovery
After Leonardo's fourth-minute strike was cancelled out by Hugo Almeida, Klaas Jan Huntelaar pulled another goal back for Ajax on the hour and Ryan Babel made it 3-1 to guarantee a nervous last 16 minutes for the German side in Amsterdam.

Deadlock broken
Knowing they needed to make up at least three goals, Henk ten Cate's Ajax pushed forward from the start. Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese made a good job of fisting away Wesley Sneijder's attempt in the second minute but was soon beaten as Per Mertesacker's clearance fell to Leonardo who swept the ball in.

Back in front
Hugo Almeida levelled ten minutes later when he pounced to bundle in Tim Borowski's pinpoint centre, although Bremen were back in trouble soon after as Petri Pasanen failed to deal with the danger and Pierre Wome kicked Leonardo's header off the line. Instead, Ajax's second goal had to wait until the first chance of the second half, Babel beating Pasanen to a cross and Huntelaar stretching to touch the ball past Wiese.

Chase on
Leonardo next went close with a bicycle-kick and Babel missed a one-on-one with Wiese, while at the other end Maarten Stekelenburg did well to fend off Miroslav Klose's attempt. Hugo Almeida squandered a further opening for Bremen before Babel made Thomas Schaaf's men pay on 74 minutes, outwitting Mertersacker and firing past Wiese. That was the cue for Ajax to throw everything forward in search of another goal, yet the Dutch team fell just short.

Last updated: 23/02/07 11.33CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

bremen

Bremen

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
18
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
Yellow Card50
2
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
3
StamJaap Stam (C)
4
NaldoNaldo
6
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Yellow Card45
5
WomePierre Wome
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
14
Roger GarcíaRoger García
10
DiegoDiego
Substitution46
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Yellow Card76
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Yellow Card44
Goal60
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
11
PerezKenneth Perez
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Yellow Card64
8
BabelRyan Babel
Goal74
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal14
Substitution82
23
LeonardoLeonardo
Goal4
Substitution75
11
KloseMiroslav Klose

Substitutes

30
GentenaarDennis Gentenaar (GK)
1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
16
De MulTom De Mul
Substitution75
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution46
21
MiteaNicolae Mitea
14
HuntAaron Hunt
26
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
19
PolenzJérôme Polenz
25
SarpongJeffrey Sarpong
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
Substitution82
33
AnitaVurnon Anita
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
35
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
38
BischoffAmaury Bischoff

Coach

Henk ten Cate (NED) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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