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Timişoara hold out at Ajax

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 21.45CET
AFC Ajax 0-0 FC Timişoara
Romanian runners-up last term, Timişoara stated their UEFA Europa League intent with an impressive Group A draw in Amsterdam.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA
Timişoara hold out at Ajax
Timişoara defender Daré Nibombé (right) frustrated Dario Cvitanich and his team-mates ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AjaxTimişoara

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners15
 
1
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 21.45CET

Timişoara hold out at Ajax

AFC Ajax 0-0 FC Timişoara
Romanian runners-up last term, Timişoara stated their UEFA Europa League intent with an impressive Group A draw in Amsterdam.

FC Timişoara stated their UEFA Europa League intent as they earned an impressive Group A draw against AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.

Home side frustrated
Despite enjoying significant territorial advantage throughout, Ajax created few clear chances. Siem de Jong came close with long-range efforts in each half but, in the end, Timişoara goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon had a relatively quiet night.

Ajax on top
He looked set for a much busier evening in the opening stages as Ajax immediately put their Romanian visitors on the back foot, Pantilimon parrying Luis Suárez's drive. Pantilimon was alert again ten minutes later, racing from his line to clear ahead of Croatian striker Dario Cvitanich. De Jong was next up to try, but his drive from the edge of the penalty area whistled just wide. The one-way traffic continued as a Suárez free-kick flew over after grazing the wall.

Commanding Nibombé
However, as the first half drew to a close Ajax's attacks were being mopped up without undue exertion by the Timişoara defence, with the towering Togolese centre-back Daré Nibombé particularly impressive. In fact it was the visitors who almost took the lead just before the break in a rare foray upfield, but Winston Parks failed to make contact with Alexandru Curtean's low centre.

Stekelenburg saves
Timişoara started brightest after the restart, Dorin Goga forcing a fine save from Maarten Stekelenburg with a stinging shot from distance. De Jong then tested Pantilimon again from outside the box. Ajax replaced Dario Cvitanich with another striker, Marko Pantelić, on the hour, and soon after Kennedy Bakircioglü took over from Miralem Sulejmani. Unfortunately for the home side this made little difference, and Timişoara held on for a creditable draw.

Last updated: 18/09/09 1.43CET

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Lineups

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Ajax

timişoara

Timişoara

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
29
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
2
Éder BonfimÉder Bonfim
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Yellow Card27
5
AlexaDan Alexa (C)
Yellow Card62
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
6
NibombeDare Nibombe
11
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
Substitution83
9
ParksWinston Parks
Substitution59
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
19
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
14
MeraIoan Mera
20
CvitanichDario Cvitanich
Substitution58
18
BucurGheorghe Bucur
Yellow Card87
22
S. De JongSiem de Jong
21
GogaDorin Goga
Substitution84
34
BakircioglüKennedy Bakircioglü
Substitution71
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu
40
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
77
CurteanAlexandru Curtean
Substitution67

Substitutes

12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
99
TabordaPedro Taborda (GK)
3
OleguerOleguer
7
StancuStelian Stancu
Substitution59
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution58
13
ScutaruCristian Scutaru
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution71
20
MaximFlorin Maxim
15
SilvaBruno Silva
23
IonescuClaudiu Ionescu
Substitution67
Yellow Card90+1
23
AnitaVurnon Anita
27
MageraLukáš Magera
28
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution83
31
PoparaduAdrian Poparadu
Substitution84

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Ioan Sabău (ROU)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shmuel Shteif (ISR), Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Fourth official

Eytan Tabrezashi (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Menashe Masiah (ISR), Haim Jakov (ISR)

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