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Amauri sparks Juventus comeback

Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 21.30CET
AFC Ajax 1-2 Juventus
Two towering Amauri headers gave the visitors a valuable victory after Miralem Sulejmani had given Ajax an early advantage.
by Andrew Haslam
from Amsterdam ArenA

Match statistics

AjaxJuventus

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target19
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners9
 
2
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed11
 
7
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 21.30CET

Amauri sparks Juventus comeback

AFC Ajax 1-2 Juventus
Two towering Amauri headers gave the visitors a valuable victory after Miralem Sulejmani had given Ajax an early advantage.

Juventus took a significant stride towards the UEFA Europa League round of 16 as headed goals either side of half-time from Amauri earned a comeback win at AFC Ajax.

The visitors scored only once in their three UEFA Champions League away games before Christmas and made the worst possible start as Miralem Sulejmani raced clear to shoot Ajax ahead early on. Led by the inspirational Alessandro Del Piero, Juve levelled before the interval thanks to Amauri's unstoppable header. The Brazilian striker then turned the tie on its head with a second just before the hour, although Juve's night ended on a sour note when Hasan Salihamidžić was sent off in added time for a high challenge.

Both teams had defeats in their most recent European fixtures to exorcise and the game began at a lively pace, Luis Suárez and Siem de Jong both missing the target when well-placed. Del Piero and Diego were at the heart of the visitors' best early work, but the former inadvertently had a hand in the opening goal on 17 minutes. Ajax cleared his free-kick and broke swiftly, Suárez slipping a pass to Sulejmani, who outstripped Jonathan Zebina before shooting under Gianluigi Buffon from a tight angle.

Belying recent struggles, the visitors responded quickly and Del Piero's characteristically clever reverse pass gave Diego their first glimpse of goal, Maarten Stekelenburg turning the shot aside. The goalkeeper had no chance just past the half-hour, however. Another piece of Del Piero trickery unlocked the Ajax defence as his back-heel set up Paolo De Ceglie to deliver a pinpoint cross for Amauri to apply a thumping header.

Toby Alderweireld and Urby Emanuelson went close to restoring the Ajax advantage, but instead it was Juventus who gained the initiative before the hour with a near-replica of their first goal, Del Piero crossing for Amauri to conjure another towering header. A further blow swiftly followed for Ajax as Suárez collected a caution that rules him out of next week's decider and, although Suárez stung Buffon's palms and the impressive De Jong struck the post, Juve held firm.

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Lineups

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Ajax

juventus

Juventus

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
3
OleguerOleguer
Yellow Card45+1
4
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Yellow Card42
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution73
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero (C)
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Goal17
Yellow Card30
Substitution80
11
AmauriAmauri
Goal32
Goal58
Substitution71
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Yellow Card61
15
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
Substitution46
19
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
21
EnohEyong Enoh
Substitution86
28
DiegoDiego
Yellow Card51
Substitution80
22
S. De JongSiem de Jong
29
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
40
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
33
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie
Yellow Card29

Substitutes

12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
13
ManningerAlexander Manninger (GK)
23
AnitaVurnon Anita
6
GrossoFabio Grosso
28
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution80
7
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
Substitution71
Red Card90+2
30
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
17
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
Substitution80
39
Hyun Jun SukHyun Jun Suk
Substitution86
20
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
45
LodeiroNicolás Lodeiro
21
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
Substitution46
51
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution73
26
CandrevaAntonio Candreva

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Željko Grgec (CRO)

Fourth official

Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Marijo Strahonja (CRO), Damir Batinić (CRO)

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