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Sublime Suárez puts Ajax at summit

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 23.50CET
AFC Ajax 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb
Luis Suárez turned in a match-winning performance, scoring one and creating the second as the Dutch outfit went top of Group A.
Sublime Suárez puts Ajax at summit
Ajax's Luis Suárez scored one and made the other against Dinamo Zagreb ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AjaxDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target23
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
21
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 23.50CET

Sublime Suárez puts Ajax at summit

AFC Ajax 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb
Luis Suárez turned in a match-winning performance, scoring one and creating the second as the Dutch outfit went top of Group A.

Luis Suárez turned in a vintage performance to help AFC Ajax defeat NK Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 and claim the Group A leadership.

Suárez influence
Ajax started the game on two points having scored just one goal in their previous two UEFA Europa League fixtures, but within three minutes Suárez had won and scored a penalty. The Uruguayan was at the heart of all the home team's best work and with Dinamo beginning to threaten in the second half, he set up Dennis Rommedahl to score a second. It proved crucial after Ivan Tomečak's added-time effort for the visitors.

Home support
There was a boisterous atmosphere inside the Amsterdam ArenA and three minutes in, the home players helped raise the noise levels. The elusive Suárez picked the ball up in his favourite inside-right channel and lured Mario Mandžukić into bringing him down. The 22-year-old picked himself up and confidently drilled in the spot-kick.

Cagey half
That was the highlight of a first half short on real chances, although Suárez continued his influential role after the break, popping up at the end of a flowing move to smash a shot off the post. A minute later he hit a similar rising drive which Filip Lončarić tipped over. However, Dinamo began to dictate proceedings as Ajax's attacking ambitions fell away.

Late goals
Luckily for the hosts, Suárez was still on top of his game, a clever pass releasing Demy de Zeeuw who slid his shot against the post. And it was Suárez who made the clinching goal, dribbling to the byline and giving substitute Rommedahl the simple task of poking in from a couple of metres out nine minutes from time. Tomečak drove in from the edge of the area, but it was too little, too late for the Croatian visitors, who host the return fixture on 5 November.

Last updated: 23/10/09 9.33CET

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Lineups

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Ajax

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Dinamo Zagreb

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
30
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
4
R.KovačRobert Kovač (C)
Yellow Card3
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Yellow Card14
7
EttoEtto
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution74
10
SammirSammir
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Yellow Card69
Substitution79
16
BadeljMilan Badelj
Yellow Card55
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Goal3
Substitution90+1
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution88
19
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak
21
EnohEyong Enoh
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
Yellow Card58
23
AnitaVurnon Anita
Yellow Card9
77
MoralesPedro Morales
Substitution62
40
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
99
D. PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
1
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
3
OleguerOleguer
2
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution68
Goal90+3
11
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
18
GabriGabri
Substitution79
5
CalelloAdrián Calello
20
CvitanichDario Cvitanich
Substitution90+1
9
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
Substitution88
28
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution74
Goal81
19
BarbarićTomislav Barbarić
34
BakircioglüKennedy Bakircioglü
24
SivonjićIlija Sivonjić
Substitution62

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Krunoslav Jurčić (CRO)

Referee

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Assistant referees

Roland Heim (AUT), Klaus Strasser (AUT)

Fourth official

Rene Eisner (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Bernhard Brugger (AUT), Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

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