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Spartak too strong for shaky Ajax

Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 21.10CET
FC Spartak Moskva 3-0 AFC Ajax (agg: 4-0)
Dmitri Kombarov, Welliton and Alex were all on target as a much-improved Spartak side cruised through to Friday's quarter-final draw.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Luzhniki Stadium

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Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaAjax

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners3
 
6
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 21.10CET

Spartak too strong for shaky Ajax

FC Spartak Moskva 3-0 AFC Ajax (agg: 4-0)
Dmitri Kombarov, Welliton and Alex were all on target as a much-improved Spartak side cruised through to Friday's quarter-final draw.

FC Spartak Moskva are through to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals after sweeping aside AFC Ajax 4-0 on aggregate.

Valeri Karpin's decision to attack rather than protect the hosts' slender 1-0 first-leg lead paid dividends as first-half strikes from Dmitri Kombarov and Welliton put them in control. Alex's fine free-kick nine minutes after the interval extinguished any Ajax ambitions of comeback.

Spartak were limited as an attacking force in Amsterdam seven days ago, yet the opportunities flowed thick and fast on home turf. Evgeni Makeev and Dmitri Kombarov went close before, on 21 minutes, the deadlock was broken. Alex pounced on a Jan Vertonghen lapse just outside the penalty area and threatened to shoot before playing a lovely through ball to Dmitri Kombarov, who applied the finish.

Ajax had no answer to Spartak's fluid movement and direct running, and Welliton doubled the deficit on the half-hour mark. This time Gregory van der Wiel conceded possession high up the pitch and in an instant Dmitri Kombarov had galloped upfield, drawing the defence before slipping the ball to Welliton. The Brazilian scored 19 goals last season and made no mistake with a left-footed effort here.

Frank de Boer's side needed a miracle coming out for the second half but their faint hopes all but ended on 54 minutes when first-leg goalscorer Alex bent his free-kick around the wall and past Jeroen Verhoevan.

Spartak took their foot off the gas and at last Ajax started asking questions of the hosts' defence. They found Andriy Dykan in excellent form, the goalkeeper pulling off a number of good saves late on as the Red and Whites moved through to Friday's quarter-final draw.

Ajax's miserable run against Spartak continues: the Dutch side have now lost all four of the games between the sides.

Last updated: 07/12/12 1.26CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

ajax

Ajax

81
DykanAndriy Dykan (GK)
30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
5
SheshukovAleksandr Sheshukov
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
7
IbsonIbson
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
11
WellitonWelliton
Goal30
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen (C)
12
AlexAlex (C)
Goal54
Substitution84
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
16
MakeevEvgeni Makeev
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution46
22
RojoMarcos Rojo
Yellow Card78
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution63
35
Rafael CariocaRafael Carioca
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong
64
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution67
17
BlindDaley Blind
Substitution46
77
K. KombarovKirill Kombarov
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
99
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
Goal21
41
EbecilioLorenzo Ebecilio

Substitutes

56
BelenovAleksandr Belenov (GK)
48
GraaflandRonald Graafland (GK)
9
AriAri
Substitution67
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Substitution46
Yellow Card77
24
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Substitution84
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
26
KhodyrevAnton Khodyrev
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
27
AnanidzeJano Ananidze
23
OleguerOleguer
44
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
27
CvitanichDario Cvitanich
Substitution63
48
OzobićFilip Ozobić
33
ÖzbilizAras Özbiliz
Substitution46

Coach

Valeri Karpin (RUS) Frank De Boer (NED)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Michael Jones (ENG)

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