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Ruthless Ajax make Anderlecht pay the penalty

Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 21.02CET
RSC Anderlecht 0-3 AFC Ajax
Marcin Wasilewski's penalty miss for the hosts with the score at 1-0 proved pivotal as Ajax established a healthy first-leg lead in Brussels.
Ruthless Ajax make Anderlecht pay the penalty
Toby Alderweireld celebrates after putting Ajax a goal to the good ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AnderlechtAjax

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners7
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 21.02CET

Ruthless Ajax make Anderlecht pay the penalty

RSC Anderlecht 0-3 AFC Ajax
Marcin Wasilewski's penalty miss for the hosts with the score at 1-0 proved pivotal as Ajax established a healthy first-leg lead in Brussels.

A clinical display of finishing from AFC Ajax has put the Eredivisie outfit on the brink of a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 after inflicting RSC Anderlecht's first defeat by Dutch opposition.

The outcome could have been different had Marcin Wasilewski − in one of several opportunities wasted by the hosts − not missed a 55th-minute penalty. By that time Anderlecht were trailing to a first-half header from Toby Alderweireld, Ajax's Belgian international defender, who set Christian Eriksen away for the second on 59 minutes. Mounir El Hamdaoui added a third eight minutes later, leaving Anderlecht with a mountain to climb in next week's return.

The hosts' first opening came on four minutes, when Maarten Stekelenburg smothered at the feet of Romelu Lukaku; he did similar to deny Kanu. In between the visitors had threatened through El Hamdaoui, whose shot spun wide, but they were fortunate not to be behind after Matías Suárez wriggled his way down the right and teed up Kanu.

His shot was blocked by Daley Blind, a miss that proved costly 12 minutes later as the unmarked Alderweireld headed in Eriksen's corner. Ariël Jacobs's team responded with Mbark Boussoufa drawing a sharp near-post save from Stekelenburg and after the restart Guillaume Gillet glanced Suárez's centre wide. Moments later, Wasilewski cleared the crossbar from the spot after Eyong Enoh had tripped Boussoufa.

With the wind taken from their sails, the Belgian league leaders were carved open twice in quick succession. Eriksen showed Les Mauves et Blancs the way to goal just before the hour, finishing neatly after evading the challenge of goalkeeper Silvio Proto. The precocious Danish international then played in El Hamdaoui for a neatly dispatched third.

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Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

ajax

Ajax

1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK) (C)
2
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Goal32
Yellow Card57
7
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
9
SuárezMatías Suárez
6
EnohEyong Enoh
10
KanuKanu
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution81
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Yellow Card45
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Goal59
14
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution68
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
Goal67
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Yellow Card68
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Penalty55
17
BlindDaley Blind
Yellow Card35
Substitution77
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
Substitution81
41
EbecilioLorenzo Ebecilio

Substitutes

22
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
15
SeckAblaye Seck
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution77
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
Substitution81
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution68
23
OleguerOleguer
32
DiandyCristophe Diandy
33
ÖzbilizAras Özbiliz
Substitution81

Coach

Ariël Jacobs (BEL) Frank de Boer (NED)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Brighi (ITA), Gabriele Gava (ITA)

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