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Sublime Soriano steers Salzburg to victory

Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 23.31CET
AFC Ajax 0-3 FC Salzburg
Roger Schmidt's men prised open the door to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 after Jonatan Soriano inspired them to a stunning win.
by Derek Brookman
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Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 23.31CET

Sublime Soriano steers Salzburg to victory

AFC Ajax 0-3 FC Salzburg
Roger Schmidt's men prised open the door to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 after Jonatan Soriano inspired them to a stunning win.

FC Salzburg dispatched AFC Ajax 3-0 thanks to a spellbinding first-half display which included a sublime goal from Jonatan Soriano.

The Austrian title holders started this UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg at a blistering tempo and struck three times without reply inside the opening period. Soriano converted a penalty after Jöel Veltman had fouled Alan, seven minutes before Sadio Mané made no mistake when one-on-one with Jasper Cillessen. Soriano then stole the show by firing over the stranded Ajax keeper from close to the halfway line.

The visitors wasted little time in taking a firm grip on proceedings in Amsterdam, André Ramalho volleying high and wide after a well-worked free-kick found him unmarked inside the box. The breakthrough Salzburg's adventurous play merited was not long in coming, however. Veltman tripped Alan as he cut inside from the left and Soriano calmly sent Cillessen the wrong way from the spot. Things quickly got worse for Frank de Boer's side when Kevin Kampl executed an exquisite through pass for Mané, who rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into an empty net.

A third goal soon arrived – one which surely even the Ajax coach could not help but appreciate. Collecting possession inside the centre circle, captain Soriano magnificently directed the ball over Cillessen from 50 metres. The Austrian team continued to run the show after the restart, Alan and Kampl twice blazing wide from good positions. The latter also stumbled when through on goal, while Alan's lob was centimetres too high.

A familiar pattern followed, with almost every loose ball being won by someone in a blue shirt, while Ajax struggled to register a meaningful effort on target. Unless something bordering on a miracle takes place in Salzburg next week, the return leg would appear to be a formality for Roger Schmidt's men.

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

salzburg

Salzburg

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
31
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
2
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
5
André RamalhoAndré Ramalho
4
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander
6
SchweglerChristian Schwegler
7
FischerViktor Fischer
10
ManéSadio Mané
Goal21
8
DuarteLerin Duarte
Substitution59
13
IlsankerStefan Ilsanker
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution60
17
UlmerAndreas Ulmer
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong (C)
Yellow Card27
24
LeitgebChristoph Leitgeb
Yellow Card19
Substitution83
11
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
26
Jonatan SorianoJonatan Soriano (C)
Goal14
Goal35
Substitution76
12
VeltmanJoël Veltman
Yellow Card13
27
AlanAlan
17
BlindDaley Blind
Yellow Card77
36
HintereggerMartin Hinteregger
Yellow Card42
18
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
Substitution81
44
KamplKevin Kampl
Substitution88

Substitutes

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
33
WalkeAlexander Walke (GK)
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution59
8
KleinFlorian Klein
16
L. AndersenLucas Andersen
Substitution81
11
MeilingerMarco Meilinger
24
DenswilStefano Denswil
14
Valon BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution83
42
RiedewaldJairo Riedewald
15
SchiemerFranz Schiemer
43
KishnaRicardo Kishna
Substitution60
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
Substitution88
23
ŽuljRobert Žulj
Substitution76

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Roger Schmidt (GER)

Referee

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Fourth official

Cyril Gringore (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Tony Chapron (FRA), Nicolas Rainville (FRA)

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