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Suárez pulls the sting from Slavia's tail

Published: Wednesday 17 December 2008, 23.30CET
AFC Ajax 2-2 SK Slavia Praha
A last-minute Luis Suárez penalty spared Marco van Basten's side as the Czech champions signed off from the UEFA Cup with their dignity intact.
Suárez pulls the sting from Slavia's tail
Luis Suárez got the last decisive touch of the game for Ajax ©Getty Images

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AjaxSlavia Praha

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target11
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 17 December 2008, 23.30CET

Suárez pulls the sting from Slavia's tail

AFC Ajax 2-2 SK Slavia Praha
A last-minute Luis Suárez penalty spared Marco van Basten's side as the Czech champions signed off from the UEFA Cup with their dignity intact.

A last-minute Luis Suárez penalty denied SK Slavia Praha a first Group F win as AFC Ajax found the eliminated Czech side a tough proposition in Amsterdam.

Late penalty
Ajax went ahead through Jan Vertonghen but Jaroslav Černý and Marek Jarolím hit back before Suárez converted a penalty in added time to seal the draw which, combined with Aston Villa FC's 3-1 defeat at Hamburger SV, ensured that Ajax finished second in the section. They will therefore face one of the sides that finished third in the UEFA Champions League groups in the Round of 32.

Caught cold
Marco van Basten made only one change from the Ajax side that beat NAC Breda at the weekend with Vurnon Anita replacing the injured Rasmus Lindgren. Slavia had to do without the suspended Martin Vaniak, and having not played since their 2-0 defeat against Hamburg a fortnight ago, were caught cold as Vertonghen rose to head Miralem Sulejmani's inswinging corner into the net after four minutes.

Slavia double
Suárez then went close with two chances but the visitors levelled through Cerný, who finished with his right foot following good work down the right from Matej Krajčík. The hosts applied some pressure afterwards but it was Slavia who took the lead four minutes before the interval when Jarolím picked up a Krajčík pass to drive past Kenneth Vermeer.

Šenkeřík misses
Sulejmani's corners caused Slavia problems after the break and Thomas Vermaelen almost equalised soon after the hour but his header went just over. Zdeněk Šenkeřík had a chance to put the game beyond doubt for Slavia ten minutes later but his effort was brilliantly saved by Vermeer, and he put a Milan Ivana cross over the bar later. Those misses proved costly as Krajčík fouled Suárez in the box, with the Uruguayan stepping up to convert the resulting penalty.

Last updated: 17/12/08 23.14CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
22
DivišJakub Diviš (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
3
OleguerOleguer
2
TavaresMickaël Tavares
4
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen (C)
3
BrabecErich Brabec (C)
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Goal4
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution46
8
JandaPetr Janda
Substitution72
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
10
JarolímMarek Jarolím
15
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Goal41
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Substitution81
16
SuárezLuis Suárez
Yellow Card66
Goal90+1
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
Yellow Card76
20
CvitanichDario Cvitanich
Substitution74
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
22
S. de JongSiem de Jong
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
28
AnitaVurnon Anita
Yellow Card83
26
J. ČernýJaroslav Černý
Goal13
Substitution89

Substitutes

31
VonkHans Vonk (GK)
1
VorelMichal Vorel (GK)
2
SilvaBruno Silva
5
ŠiklićRonald Šiklić
23
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution74
7
CisseAmadou Cisse
Substitution89
25
SnoEvander Sno
9
ToleskiGoce Toleski
26
SarpongJeffrey Sarpong
11
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution81
37
SchilderRobbert Schilder
20
IvanaMilan Ivana
Substitution72
39
BlindDaley Blind
Substitution46
27
GrajciarPeter Grajciar

Coach

Marco van Basten (NED) Petr Vrabec (CZE)

Referee

Sten Kaldma (EST)

Assistant referees

Hannes Reinvald (EST), Eduard Rozov (EST)

Fourth official

Kristo Tohver (EST)

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