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Bakircioglü wins it for Ajax in Florence

Published: Thursday 19 February 2009, 23.35CET
ACF Fiorentina 0-1 AFC Ajax
Kennedy Bakircioglü scored the only goal on the hour mark as Ajax seized the initiative in their Round of 32 tie against last season's semi-finalists.
Bakircioglü wins it for Ajax in Florence
Ajax players celebrate after their win against Fiorentina ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FiorentinaAjax

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners3
 
2
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 19 February 2009, 23.35CET

Bakircioglü wins it for Ajax in Florence

ACF Fiorentina 0-1 AFC Ajax
Kennedy Bakircioglü scored the only goal on the hour mark as Ajax seized the initiative in their Round of 32 tie against last season's semi-finalists.

Kennedy Bakircioglü scored the only goal on the hour mark as AFC Ajax won 1-0 in Italy to seize the initiative in their Round of 32 tie against ACF Fiorentina.

Chances wasted
It had been one-way traffic for much of the night at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but Bakircioglü's strike against the run of play showed the home team the way to goal. The Viola were unable to respond and missed a hatful of chances to leave themselves with it all to do in Amsterdam next week as they look to better last season's run to the semi-finals.

Montolivo opening
Fiorentina forwards Adrian Mutu and Alberto Gilardino combined numerous times to carve open the Ajax defence, but the Serie A side could not find a finish. Riccardo Montolivo got the better of Maarten Stekelenburg in the 17th minute but having rounded the last line of the Ajax defence, he lifted his shot over the crossbar from a tight angle.

Dominant Viola
Mutu should have given a dominant Fiorentina the lead in the 29th minute, only to shoot weakly at Stekelenburg with the whole goal to aim at after being picked out by Franco Semioli. Ajax got their first sight of goal five minutes before the interval from a Luis Suárez shot and Sébastien Frey had to be alert to punch the curling effort away.

Fine finish
The visitors then took a shock lead on the hour mark when the home defence were caught napping. They failed to clear from Suárez's cross and the ball fell for Bakircioglü to drill an unstoppable shot against the underside of the crossbar and over the line from the edge of the penalty area. Fiorentina searched desperately for an equaliser with Gilardino and Zdravko Kuzmanović missing the best chances when they only had Stekelenburg to beat.

Last updated: 20/02/09 9.36CET

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

ajax

Ajax

1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK) (C)
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
3
OleguerOleguer
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
Yellow Card44
4
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
Yellow Card63
7
SemioliFranco Semioli
Substitution57
6
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
7
BakircioglüKennedy Bakircioglü
Goal60
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
14
ZauriLuciano Zauri
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution58
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
15
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
Substitution58
16
SuárezLuis Suárez
Yellow Card44
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
28
AnitaVurnon Anita
88
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
37
SchilderRobbert Schilder
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution77

Substitutes

13
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
2
SilvaBruno Silva
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
23
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution58
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
25
SnoEvander Sno
Substitution77
8
JovetićStevan Jovetić
Substitution57
26
SarpongJeffrey Sarpong
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution58
33
MartinaJavier Martina
30
Sergio AlmirónSergio Almirón
38
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Marco van Basten (NED)

Referee

César Muñiz (ESP)

Assistant referees

José Miranda (ESP), Javier Novoa Robles (ESP)

Fourth official

Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

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