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Suárez comes good for threadbare Ajax

Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.34CET
AFC Ajax 1-0 MŠK Žilina
Luis Suárez's effort four minutes before the interval proved decisive as Marco van Basten's injury-ravaged side earned their first Group F victory.
Suárez comes good for threadbare Ajax
Luis Suarez scores against Žilina ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AjaxŽilina

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners4
 
6
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed4
 
17
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.34CET

Suárez comes good for threadbare Ajax

AFC Ajax 1-0 MŠK Žilina
Luis Suárez's effort four minutes before the interval proved decisive as Marco van Basten's injury-ravaged side earned their first Group F victory.

Injury-stricken AFC Ajax registered their first UEFA Cup Group F victory at the second attempt as Luis Suárez's effort proved decisive against MŠK Žilina.

Back in contention
The Uruguayan forward scored the only goal after 41 minutes as Marco van Basten's side managed to win despite having eight senior players absent through injury. They are now back in Group F contention, having lost their opening fixture 2-1 at Aston Villa FC, while Slovakian challengers Žilina are in trouble after back-to-back defeats.

Perniš tested
Suspended for the Amsterdam club's 2-0 weekend triumph against fellow UEFA Cup contenders FC Twente, Suárez quickly made up for lost time, testing Dušan Perniš with a shot from distance which the Žilina keeper had to push wide. Siem De Jong and Rasmus Lindgren then got in on the act, yet the visiting custodian proved equal to their strikes from the edge of the box.

Pecalka effort
Lindgren squandered a good chance midway through the first half, shooting over from ten metres after being set up by Gregory van der Wiel, while Žilina's best attempt came from Mário Pecalka, with Thomas Vermaelen blocking his right-footed drive. Klaas Jan Huntelaar also posed a threat, with his header from ten metres compelling Perniš to make another intervention.

Suárez finish
The game was decided four minutes before the break, as Suárez finished from close range after collecting De Jong's ball in from the left channel. However, Žilina did not give up their six-match unbeaten run away from home in Europe without a fight, as Robert Jež, Adauto Da Silva and Pecalka all troubled keeper Kenneth Vermeer after the interval. Nonetheless, Ajax ended the contest in the ascendant, with Vermaelen, Lindgren and Urby Emanuelson going close before Suárez rattled the crossbar.

Last updated: 07/11/08 1.35CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

žilina

Žilina

12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
22
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
15
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
11
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
3
OleguerOleguer
4
VomáčkaBenjamin Vomáčka
4
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
3
PečalkaMário Pečalka
Yellow Card44
Substitution73
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
2
TesákLukáš Tesák
22
S. De JongSiem de Jong
Substitution46
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
6
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
Substitution72
25
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
18
GabriGabri
6
ŠtrbaZdeno Štrba (C)
16
SuárezLuis Suárez
Goal41
10
AdautoDa Silva Adauto
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar (C)
12
JežRóbert Jež
Substitution88
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
14
ŠtyvarPeter Štyvar
Substitution73

Substitutes

31
VonkHans Vonk (GK)
30
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
2
SilvaBruno Silva
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
7
BakircioglüKennedy Bakircioglü
Substitution46
8
KaroglanMislav Karoglan
23
LeonardoLeonardo
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution73
25
SnoEvander Sno
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
Substitution88
28
AnitaVurnon Anita
19
BelákIvan Belák
37
SchilderRobbert Schilder
Substitution72
20
ĎuricaMartin Ďurica
Substitution73

Coach

Marco van Basten (NED) Dušan Radolský (SVK)

Referee

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), James Bee (SCO)

Fourth official

Mike Tumilty (SCO)

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