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Hits outweigh misses for breathless Ajax

Published: Thursday 3 December 2009, 0.50CET
FC Timişoara 1-2 AFC Ajax
Martin Jol's side went through with a win, but two dismissals and almost identical missed penalties symbolised a bizarre encounter.
Hits outweigh misses for breathless Ajax
Luis Suárez celebrates his goal: he missed two penalties after the break ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TimişoaraAjax

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
16
Attempts off target0
2
Corners1
 
9
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards2
 
0

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Published: Thursday 3 December 2009, 0.50CET

Hits outweigh misses for breathless Ajax

FC Timişoara 1-2 AFC Ajax
Martin Jol's side went through with a win, but two dismissals and almost identical missed penalties symbolised a bizarre encounter.

AFC Ajax made certain of a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw with a 2-1 Group A victory at FC Timişoara, the scoreline concealing a wealth of drama at the Dan Păltinişanu Stadium.

Second-half frenzy
Martin Jol's side conceded within two minutes of kick-off, but were on level terms six minutes later through Luis Suárez. Within 60 seconds of the restart, Marko Pantelić made it 2-1 before a remarkable passage of play saw two Timişoara players – including goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon – dismissed, while the irrepressible Suárez had near-identical penalty kicks saved by different custodians. Timişoara are out, but this at least was a game they will struggle to forget.

Sparkling start
It began so well for Ioan Ovidiu Sabău's men, who ended a four-game wait for a first home goal of the season when Gheorghe Bucur set up Dorin Goga to clip a hesitant-looking shot past Maarten Stekelenburg. Ajax responded quickly though, with Suárez bamboozling Artavazd Karamyan before darting a low shot through Pantilimon's hands with the outside of his boot. Chances abounded thereafter, but compared to the second half it was pretty mild.

Ominous dismissal
Within a minute of the restart, Demy de Zeeuw's first-time ball freed Pantelić to race through and score, and Timişoara's days looked numbered when Éder Bonfim was dismissed for hauling Mitchell Donald down in the box soon after. Suárez struck the resulting penalty to Pantilimon's right, and the goalkeeper made an easy save. The custodian was then sent off on 62 minutes for flooring the Uruguayan as he raced through on goal.

Déjà vu
When presented with a second penalty, Suárez opted to put it in almost exactly the same place, substitute goalkeeper Pedro Taborda diving to his right and saving to Jol's evident dismay. Ajax twice hit the crossbar thereafter with the footballing gods rewarding Taborda's initial pluck as Timişoara's nine men weathered a 30-minute onslaught.

Last updated: 03/12/09 10.31CET

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Lineups

timişoara

Timişoara

ajax

Ajax

29
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
Red Card62
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
2
Éder BonfimÉder Bonfim
Red Card50
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Substitution64
5
AlexaDan Alexa (C)
Yellow Card20
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
7
StancuStelian Stancu
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution46
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Goal46
13
ScutaruCristian Scutaru
Yellow Card25
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Goal8
Penalty51
Penalty65
Yellow Card66
14
MeraIoan Mera
19
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
18
BucurGheorghe Bucur
Substitution62
21
EnohEyong Enoh
21
GogaDorin Goga
Goal2
Yellow Card67
Substitution73
23
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution59
27
MageraLukáš Magera
Substitution53
29
DonaldMitchell Donald
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu
40
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw

Substitutes

99
TabordaPedro Taborda (GK)
Substitution62
12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
9
ParksWinston Parks
Substitution53
3
OleguerOleguer
Substitution46
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution59
20
MaximFlorin Maxim
Substitution73
11
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
23
IonescuClaudiu Ionescu
15
SilvaBruno Silva
Substitution64
77
CurteanAlexandru Curtean
20
CvitanichDario Cvitanich
30
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru

Coach

Ioan Sabău (ROU) Martin Jol (NED)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Massimiliano Grilli (ITA), Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)

Fourth official

Domenico Celi (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Andrea De Marco (ITA), Massimiliano Saccani (ITA)

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