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Ajax in control with Steaua scalp

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 21.01CET
AFC Ajax 2-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Goals in either half from Toby Alderweireld and Ricardo van Rhijn earned the home team a commanding first-leg advantage at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Ajax in control with Steaua scalp
Toby Alderweireld heads Ajax in front ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AjaxSteaua

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
5
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 21.01CET

Ajax in control with Steaua scalp

AFC Ajax 2-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Goals in either half from Toby Alderweireld and Ricardo van Rhijn earned the home team a commanding first-leg advantage at the Amsterdam ArenA.

AFC Ajax produced a polished performance to see off FC Steaua Bucureşti 2-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounter at the venue for this year's final. 

With four defeats in their last five European home games, Ajax knew the importance of a positive start. Defender Toby Alderweireld provided it 28 minutes in, before Ricardo van Rhijn made it two with a composed finish shortly after the restart. Steaua's task ahead of the return fixture in Bucharest next week became a mountainous one when Mihai Doru Pintilii was sent off.

Ajax began with optimism and intent, with on loan FC Barcelona playmaker Isaac Cuenca centimetres away from turning in Viktor Fischer's teasing centre. Iceland forward Kolbeinn Sigthórsson was next to threaten, dancing round his marker and stinging the palms of visiting goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu.

With the Amsterdam outfit renowned for their intricate approach play, it came as something of a surprise when the home side ended Steaua's resolve with a well-worked set-piece routine. Captain Siem de Jong was the architect, curling over a delicious delivery for Alderweireld to head in. 

It took Ajax three minutes after the break to double their lead. This time the goal bore all the hallmarks of Frank de Boer's probing, passing philosophy as Van Rhijn concluded a beautifully crafted move with a sweeping finish.

Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, a half-time substitute for the injured Kenneth Vermeer, had to be at his best to deny Raul Rusescu and Adrian Popa from close range, but that was as good as it got for Steaua, who lost Doru Pintilii to a second yellow card late on. 

Last updated: 02/05/13 23.20CET

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Lineups

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Ajax

steaua

Steaua

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
Substitution46
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Goal28
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Yellow Card85
Red Card90
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
Yellow Card79
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution82
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Yellow Card34
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong (C)
16
RâpăCornel Râpă
17
BlindDaley Blind
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution70
24
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
Goal48
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card35
28
Isaac CuencaIsaac Cuenca
Substitution73
77
PopaAdrian Popa
Substitution82
39
FischerViktor Fischer
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution53

Substitutes

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
Substitution46
1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution73
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution82
8
FilipLucian Filip
25
SereroThulani Serero
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution82
27
LukokiJody Lukoki
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
33
VeltmanJoël Veltman
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution53
35
DijksMitchell Dijks
99
Adi SobrinhoAdi Sobrinho
Substitution70

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)

Referee

Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Nikolay Angelov (BUL), Ivo Kolev (BUL)

Fourth official

Ivan Valchev (BUL)

Additional assistant referees

Nikolai Yordanov (BUL), Alexander Kostadinov (BUL)

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