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UEFA Champions League: AFC Ajax - FC Midtjylland Match press kits

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AFC AjaxAFC AjaxJohan Cruijff ArenA - AmsterdamWednesday 25 November 2020
21.00CET (21.00 local time)
Group D - Matchday 4
FC MidtjyllandFC Midtjylland
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Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
03/11/2020GSFC Midtjylland - AFC Ajax1-2
HerningDreyer 18; Antony 1, Tadić 13
AFC Ajax000011000000110021
FC Midtjylland100100000000100112

AFC Ajax - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
16/03/2017R16AFC Ajax - F.C. Copenhagen2-0
agg: 3-2
AmsterdamTraoré 23, Dolberg 45+2 (P)
09/03/2017R16F.C. Copenhagen - AFC Ajax2-1
CopenhagenFalk 1, Cornelius 60; Dolberg 32
UEFA Champions League
23/08/2006QR3AFC Ajax - F.C. Copenhagen0-2
agg: 2-3
AmsterdamSilberbauer 58, Vermaelen 77 (og)
09/08/2006QR3F.C. Copenhagen - AFC Ajax1-2
CopenhagenHangeland 45+2; Huntelaar 37, 84
UEFA Champions League
24/08/2005QR3AFC Ajax - Brøndby IF3-1
agg: 5-3
AmsterdamBabel 50, Sneijder 80, 89; Elmander 44
10/08/2005QR3Brøndby IF - AFC Ajax2-2BrondbySkoubo 33, Escudé 90+3 (og); Rosenberg 31, Babel 73
01/11/2001R2AFC Ajax - F.C. Copenhagen0-1
agg: 0-1
AmsterdamN.Jensen 82
18/10/2001R2F.C. Copenhagen - AFC Ajax0-0Copenhagen

FC Midtjylland - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

FC Midtjylland have not played against a club from their opponents' country

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FC Midtjylland100100000000100112

Last updated 05/11/2020 16:09CET

Match background Only this chapter

Ajax will look to get their second Group D win on the board when Midtjylland, still searching for their first UEFA Champions League point, come to Amsterdam.

• The Dutch side have four points, level with Atalanta and five behind section leaders Liverpool at the halfway stage. Ajax got their first win of the 2020/21 group stage last time out, early strikes from Antony (1) and Dušan Tadić (13) securing victory in Herning despite Anders Dreyer pulling one back with Midtjylland's first ever goal in the UEFA Champions League proper.

Form guide
• Beaten 1-0 at home by Liverpool on Matchday 1, Ajax have subsequently drawn 2-2 at Atalanta – a match in which they led 2-0 – before getting their first win at Midtjylland.

• Ajax are making their 16th appearance in the group stage, matching PSV Eindhoven's Dutch record. It is their third straight appearance in the UEFA Champions League proper, and the first time they have gained automatic qualification since 2014/15.

• Ajax were Dutch champions for the 34th time in 2018/19 – their first league title since 2014 – and also lifted the Dutch Cup to claim their eighth domestic double, and a first since 2002. No league title was awarded last season.

• Ajax have qualified from their UEFA Champions League group only once in their last seven appearances in the competition.

• Having gone all the way from the second qualifying round to the semi-finals in 2018/19 – the first Dutch side to reach the last four since PSV in 2004/05 – Ajax again came through two qualifying rounds to reach the 2019/20 group stage, but advanced no further after finishing third in their section behind Valencia and Chelsea. Erik ten Hag's team won their first two matches and picked up ten points (W3 D1 L2) but a 1-0 home defeat against the Spanish side on Matchday 6 proved costly.

• Ajax's subsequent UEFA Europa League campaign also proved short-lived; they lost to Getafe in the round of 32 (0-2 a, 2-1 h).

• The Amsterdam club won six of their 12 European matches in 2019/20 (D3 L3).

• Erik Ten Hag's side have lost three of their last four European matches in Amsterdam (W1), all by a 0-1 scoreline. They have won one of their last five home games in the UEFA Champions League proper, losing the other four.

• Ajax have now won their last two matches against Danish clubs, beating Copenhagen 2-0 at home in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg to progress 3-2 on aggregate. Their record against Danish clubs is W4 D2 L3.

• Two of those defeats against Danish clubs came at the hands of Copenhagen in Amsterdam; Ajax have won their other two games at home to visitors from Denmark.

• The Danish debutants have lost all three games in the UEFA Champions League group stage so far; before the defeat by Ajax in their first game against a Dutch club, they went down 4-0 against Atalanta on Matchday 1, their heaviest European home reverse, and 2-0 at Liverpool.

• Midtjylland are the fifth Danish club to take part in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and the first since Copenhagen in 2016/17.

• Their only previous experience of a European group stage was in 2015/16, when they finished runners-up in their UEFA Europa League section before losing in the round of 32 to Manchester United.

• Champions of Denmark for the third time in 2019/20 – all those titles coming in the last six seasons – Midtjylland have already made history in 2020/21; they had never previously won more than one UEFA Champions League tie in a season.

• Midtjylland were 1-0 winners at Ludogorets in this season's one-off second qualifying round tie before a 3-0 home defeat of Swiss side Young Boys in the next stage. They then got the better of Slavia Praha in the two-legged play-offs (0-0 a, 4-1 h), three of their second-leg goals coming from the 84th minute onwards.

• The club's two previous forays into the UEFA Champions League both proved short-lived. On their 2015/16 debut they won both legs against Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the second qualifying round (1-0 h, 2-0 a) before being eliminated by APOEL on away goals in the next stage (1-2 h, 1-0 a); in 2018/19 they lost 2-1 at Kazakhstan's Astana in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie, going out by the same aggregate scoreline.

• This season's results mean Midtjylland have won six of their 13 UEFA Champions League matches, qualifying included (D2 L5). The second-leg defeat of Slavia was the first time they had won without keeping a clean sheet.

• In 2019/20 Ulvene played only one European tie, going down 7-3 to Scottish side Rangers in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (2-4 h, 1-3 a).

• Midtjylland have lost only two of their last six away European games (W2 D2).

• The Danish side were four European games without a win (D1 L3), losing three in a row, before this season's qualifying successes.

• Midtjylland are one of four teams making their group stage debut in 2020/21; Krasnodar, Rennes (both Group E), and İstanbul Başakşehir (H) are the others. They are the only one of the quartet yet to pick up a point.

Links and trivia
• Have played in the Netherlands:
Mikael Anderson (Excelsior 2018/19 loan)
Anders Dreyer (Heerenveen 2019/20 loan)

• Anderson made two Eredivisie substitute appearances against Ajax while at Excelsior, coming on in the second half of a 1-7 home defeat and 6-2 loss in Amsterdam.

• Dreyer was a second-half substitute in Heerenveen's 4-1 defeat at Ajax in August 2019.

• Have played in Denmark:
Mohammed Kudus (Nordsjælland 2018–20)

• Kudus' record in six games against Midtjylland with Nordsjælland was D2 L4; his only goal came in a 3-3 draw on 4 March 2019.

• Pione Sisto played 90 minutes as Celta Vigo drew 2-2 at home to Ajax in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• In the same group that season, Alexander Scholz was part of the Standard Liège side that lost 1-0 in Amsterdam and drew 1-1 at home to Ajax.

• Nikolas Dyhr and Nicolas Madsen were members of the Midtjylland team that lost 3-1 to Ajax in the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals on 18 August 2020. Neraysho Kasanwirjo and Youri Regeer featured for Ajax.

Latest news

• André Onana made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on Matchday 3.

• Ajax have won their last four games in all competitions, and five of the last six (D1). They have scored 15 goals in that four-match winning run, conceding three, and were 5-0 victors at home to Heracles on Sunday.

• Dušan Tadić has scored in each of Ajax's last six games.

• Zakaria Labyad scored twice on Sunday to take his Eredivisie tally for the season to three; it is the first time he has scored more than once in a league campaign for Ajax.

• Ajax have been victorious in eight of their nine league matches this season, the exception a 1-0 loss at Groningen on 4 October. That was their fourth match of the new Eredivisie campaign; in 2019/20, they were undefeated until their 16th fixture.

• On 24 October Ajax recorded a record Eredivisie victory, winning 13-0 at VVV-Venlo. They were the first team ever to score 13 goals in a Dutch top-flight game, beating their 12-1 win against Vitesse in May 1972, and the first Dutch club to hit double figures in an Eredivisie match since PSV Eindhoven beat Feyenoord 10-0 on 24 October 2010, exactly ten years previously.

• Lassina Traoré, who was also on target on Sunday, scored five goals at VVV, the first Ajax player to do so in an Eredivisie game since Marco van Basten hit six in 1985. Traoré also provided three assists; Frenkie de Jong had been the last Ajax player to do so in a league match, in 2017.

• Traoré had last scored for Ajax on 16 February; prior to the VVV game, his 15 Eredivisie appearances had yielded two goals.

• Having lost four of their last six matches in all competitions in 2019/20 (W2), Ajax have suffered six defeats in their last 18 games, with the Atalanta fixture on Matchday 2 the only draw in that sequence.

• Traoré scored twice in Burkina Faso's 3-1 victory over Malawi in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on 12 November.

• Despite Tadić scoring his penalty, Serbia lost the shoot-out 5-4 to Scotland in the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off final after a 1-1 draw in Belgrade, also on 12 November.

• Davy Klaassen was replaced midway through the first half on Sunday.

• Summer signing Mohammed Kudus had to be substituted early on against Liverpool on Matchday 1 after injuring his right knee and is not expected to play again this year after surgery.

• Antony injured his hamstring during the 3-0 victory over Utrecht on 8 November and has not played since.

• David Neres returned as a substitute on the opening day of the Eredivisie season, a 1-0 win at Sparta Rotterdam on 13 September, having not played since suffering a knee injury on Matchday 4 of last season's UEFA Champions League, a 4-4 draw at Chelsea on 5 November 2019. He scored against Heracles on Sunday, his first goal since 1 November 2019.

• Midtjylland have won ten of their 17 matches this season in all competitions; three of their five defeats have come in Group D.

• The Danish champions lost their first league game of 2020/21, 2-0 at SønderjyskE on 11 September, but have won six of their subsequent eight games (D1 L1). They were 2-1 victors at AGF on Sunday, their fourth away win this season in their ninth fixture (D2 L3).  

• A 4-1 loss at Nordsjælland on 31 October was Midtjylland's fourth defeat in their last 13 league matches (W7 D2).

• The Wolves were 4-0 winners at home to Copenhagen on 8 November, their biggest league victory since beating the same opponents by the same scoreline on 12 May 2019.

• Midtjylland were 1-0 winners away to second-tier side HB Køge in the last 32 of the Danish Cup on 11 November.

• In contrast, Midtjylland have won six of their eight home games in all competitions, the exceptions the defeats by Atalanta and Ajax.

• Midtjylland kept five clean sheets in their first six games in 2020/21 but managed none in the subsequent eight, conceding 18 goals, before shutting out Copenhagen and Køge.*

• Jens-Lys Caluste and substitute Joel Andersson both made their senior international debuts in Sweden's 2-0 friendly loss in Denmark on 11 November.

• Japhet Sery and Gustav Isaksen both started as Denmark concluded their successful UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw in Romania on 17 November.

• Evander has been sidelined by illness.

• Sory Kaba (Guinea) and Frank Onyeka (Nigeria) were both ruled out of international duty by minor injuries but both returned, and scored, for Midtjylland on Sunday.


Squad list Only this chapter

AFC Ajax - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Maarten StekelenburgNED22/09/198238 - ------17-60-
16Kjell ScherpenNED23/01/200020 - ----------
24André OnanaCMR02/04/199624 - --3-9-21-50-
33Dominik KotarskiCRO10/02/200020 - ----------
51Daan ReizigerNED18/06/200119 - ----------
52Calvin RaatsieNED09/02/200218 - ----------
3Perr SchuursNED26/11/199920 - --3-8-5-8-
5Sean KlaiberNED31/07/199426 - --2-5-2-101
12Noussair MazraouiMAR14/11/199723 - --3-8-172262
15Devyne RenschNED18/01/200317 - ----------
17Daley BlindNED09/03/199030 - --3-91461851
21Lisandro MartínezARG28/01/199822 - --2-628-14-
31Nicolás TagliaficoARG31/08/199228 - --3-7-194295
35Neraysho KasanwirjoNED18/02/200218 - ----------
41Enric LlansanaNED12/04/200119 - ----------
43Nordin MusampaNED13/10/200119 - ----------
45Liam Van GelderenNED23/03/200119 - ----------
46Anass Salah-EddineNED18/01/200218 - ----------
48Terrence DouglasNED14/09/200119 - ----------
2Jurriën TimberNED17/06/200119 - ----3-----
4Edson ÁlvarezMEX24/10/199723 - --1-7-7192
6Davy KlaassenNED21/02/199327 - --3-541425611
8Ryan GravenberchNED16/05/200218 - --3-7-3-4-
11Quincy PromesNED04/01/199228 - --3-93136318
18Jurgen EkkelenkampNED05/04/200020 - --2-524-4-
19Zakaria LabyadMAR09/03/199327 - --2-734-317
20Mohammed KudusGHA02/08/200020 - --1-311-3-
25Kenneth TaylorNED16/05/200218 - ----------
26Victor JensenDEN08/02/200020 - ----------
37Naci ÜnüvarNED13/06/200317 - ----------
38Alex MendezUSA06/09/200020 - ----------
42Quinten TimberNED17/06/200119 - ----------
44Youri RegeerNED18/08/200317 - ----------
7David NeresBRA03/03/199723 - --2-71172323
9Klaas Jan HuntelaarNED12/08/198337 - --1-52401410955
10Dušan TadićSRB20/11/198832 - --32972186119
23Lassina TraoréBFA12/01/200119 - --31963141
30Brian BrobbeyNED01/02/200218 - ----11----
36GiovanniBRA31/01/200218 - ----------
39AntonyBRA24/02/200020 - --21842121
40Sontje HansenNED18/05/200218 - ----------
49Max De WaalNED10/01/200218 - ----------
-Erik Ten HagNED02/02/197050 - --3---21-39-
FC Midtjylland - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Jesper HansenDEN31/03/198535 - 4-1-8-7-37-
16Valdemar ThorsenDEN17/03/200119 - ----------
30Oliver OttesenDEN22/08/199822 - ----------
31Mikkel AndersenDEN17/12/198831 - --2-2-2-19-
2Dion CoolsBEL04/06/199624 - --1-7-7-131
5Daniel HøeghDEN06/01/199129 - --------13-
6Joel AnderssonSWE11/11/199624 - 4-3-3-3-15-
14Alexander ScholzDEN24/10/199228 - 413-8-3-261
18Kristian RiisDEN17/02/199723 - --------51
25Manjrekar JamesCAN05/08/199327 - ----4-----
27Oliver OlsenDEN13/08/200020 - ----------
28Erik SviatchenkoDEN04/10/199129 - 4-3-6-9-371
29PaulinhoBRA03/01/199525 - 4-3-7-3-7-
46Japhet SeryDEN10/04/200020 - ----1-----
50Hosine BilityAUS10/05/200119 - ----------
7Pione SistoDEN04/02/199525 - 3-3-953-3910
10EvanderBRA09/06/199822 - 3-3-813-81
11Awer MabilAUS15/09/199525 - 413-8-3-161
15Bozhidar KraevBUL23/06/199723 - 3-3-813-101
24Oliver SørensenDEN10/03/200218 - ----------
34Mikael AndersonISL01/07/199822 - 3-2-7-2-7-
36Anders DreyerDEN02/05/199822 - 4231843173
38Frank OnyekaNGA01/01/199822 - 413-513-142
40Jens-Lys CajusteSWE10/08/199921 - 4-3-8-3-9-
43Nicolas MadsenDEN17/03/200020 - --1-6-1-1-
44Nikolas DyhrDEN18/06/200119 - ----3-----
45Gustav IsaksenDEN19/04/200119 - ----3-----
48Mads HansenDEN28/07/200218 - ----------
9Sory KabaGUI28/07/199525 - 413-733-92
26Lasse VibeDEN22/02/198733 - --2-2-2-112
33Luca PfeifferGER20/08/199624 - --1-2-1-1-
58Aral SimsirDEN19/06/200218 - ----------
74Júnior BrumadoBRA15/05/199921 - 31--41--41
89Ronnie SchwartzDEN29/08/198931 - --------7-
-Brian PriskeDEN14/05/197743 - 4-3---3-9-

Last updated 25/11/2020 10:03CET

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSergei Karasev (RUS)
  • Assistant refereesIgor Demeshko (RUS) , Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
  • Video Assistant RefereeVitali Meshkov (RUS)
  • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeVladimir Moskalev (RUS)
  • Fourth officialKirill Levnikov (RUS)
  • UEFA DelegateChristian Welander (SWE)
  • UEFA Referee observerElmir Pilav (BIH)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Sergei Karasev12/06/19792480

UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
20/02/2014UELR32Esbjerg fBACF Fiorentina1-3Esbjerg
13/04/2017UELQFAFC AjaxFC Schalke 042-0Amsterdam
03/10/2019UELGSFeyenoordFC Porto2-0Rotterdam
20/02/2020UELR32F.C. CopenhagenCeltic FC1-1Copenhagen

Last updated 23/11/2020 12:11CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

AFC AjaxFixtures and results
13/09/2020LeagueSparta Rotterdam (A)W 1-0dos Santos 37
20/09/2020LeagueRKC Waalwijk (H)W 3-0Tadić 10, Labyad 34, Martínez 73
26/09/2020LeagueVitesse (H)W 2-1Promes 21, dos Santos 70
04/10/2020LeagueFC Groningen (A)L 0-1
18/10/2020Leaguesc Heerenveen (H)W 5-1Tadić 4, 28 (P), Kudus 35, Klaassen 72 (P), dos Santos 87
21/10/2020UCLLiverpool FC (H)L 0-1
24/10/2020LeagueVVV-Venlo (A)W 13-0Ekkelenkamp 12, 57, Traoré 17, 32, 54, 65, 87, Tadić 44, dos Santos 55, Blind 59, Huntelaar 74 (P), 76, Martínez 78
27/10/2020UCLAtalanta BC (A)D 2-2Tadić 30 (P), Traoré 38
31/10/2020LeagueSC Fortuna Sittard (H)W 5-2Klaassen 32, 45, Brobbey 74, Tadić 86 (P), Promes 90+5 (P)
03/11/2020UCLFC Midtjylland (A)W 2-1Antony 1, Tadić 13
08/11/2020LeagueFC Utrecht (A)W 3-0Klaassen 62, Tadić 71 (P), Promes 90+1
22/11/2020LeagueHeracles Almelo (H)W 5-0Traoré 6, Neres 29, Labyad 36, 77, Tadić 57
25/11/2020UCLFC Midtjylland (H)
28/11/2020LeagueEmmen (A)
01/12/2020UCLLiverpool FC (A)
05/12/2020LeagueFC Twente (H)
09/12/2020UCLAtalanta BC (H)
12/12/2020LeaguePEC Zwolle (H)
20/12/2020LeagueADO Den Haag (A)
23/12/2020LeagueWillem II (A)
10/01/2021LeaguePSV Eindhoven (H)
14/01/2021LeagueFC Twente (A)
17/01/2021LeagueFeyenoord (H)
24/01/2021LeagueSC Fortuna Sittard (A)
28/01/2021LeagueWillem II (H)
31/01/2021LeagueAZ Alkmaar (A)
07/02/2021LeagueFC Utrecht (H)
14/02/2021LeagueHeracles Almelo (A)
21/02/2021LeagueSparta Rotterdam (H)
28/02/2021LeaguePSV Eindhoven (A)
07/03/2021LeagueFC Groningen (H)
14/03/2021LeaguePEC Zwolle (A)
21/03/2021LeagueADO Den Haag (H)
04/04/2021Leaguesc Heerenveen (A)
11/04/2021LeagueRKC Waalwijk (A)
25/04/2021LeagueAZ Alkmaar (H)
02/05/2021LeagueEmmen (H)
09/05/2021LeagueFeyenoord (A)
13/05/2021LeagueVVV-Venlo (H)
16/05/2021LeagueVitesse (A)
1AFC Ajax980137524
4PSV Eindhoven962120620
5FC Twente953121918
6sc Heerenveen9522171217
7AZ Alkmaar8350191214
8FC Groningen9423101114
9FC Utrecht824291210
10Sparta Rotterdam923415179
11PEC Zwolle915310158
12Willem II92259178
13Heracles Almelo922510198
15RKC Waalwijk91356166
16ADO Den Haag91178264
18SC Fortuna Sittard903612253
FC MidtjyllandFixtures and results
26/08/2020UCLPFC Ludogorets 1945 (A)W 1-0Brumado 77
11/09/2020LeagueSønderjyskE (A)L 0-2
16/09/2020UCLBSC Young Boys (H)W 3-0Lefort 51 (og), Dreyer 62, Mabil 84
19/09/2020LeagueLyngby BK (H)W 1-0Sisto 14
22/09/2020UCLSK Slavia Praha (A)D 0-0
26/09/2020LeagueRanders FC (H)W 1-0Kraev 6
30/09/2020UCLSK Slavia Praha (H)W 4-1Kaba 65, Scholz 84 (P), Onyeka 88, Dreyer 90+1
04/10/2020LeagueAC Horsens (A)D 2-2Dreyer 23, Brumado 32
17/10/2020LeagueOdense BK (H)W 3-1Kaba 66, Dreyer 81, Sisto 86
21/10/2020UCLAtalanta BC (H)L 0-4
24/10/2020LeagueBrøndby IF (A)W 3-2Dreyer 62, Sisto 73, Schwäbe 90+4 (og)
27/10/2020UCLLiverpool FC (A)L 0-2
31/10/2020LeagueFC Nordsjælland (A)L 1-4Dreyer 34
03/11/2020UCLAFC Ajax (H)L 1-2Dreyer 18
08/11/2020LeagueF.C. Copenhagen (H)W 4-0Kaba 36, Evander 41, Sisto 48, 68
11/11/2020CupHB Køge (A)W 1-0Høegh 21
22/11/2020LeagueAGF Aarhus (A)W 2-1Onyeka 27, Kaba 34
25/11/2020UCLAFC Ajax (A)
28/11/2020LeagueAalborg BK (H)
01/12/2020UCLAtalanta BC (A)
05/12/2020LeagueVejle BK (A)
09/12/2020UCLLiverpool FC (H)
14/12/2020LeagueOdense BK (A)
17/12/2020CupF.C. Copenhagen (A)
21/12/2020LeagueFC Nordsjælland (H)
04/02/2021LeagueSønderjyskE (H)
07/02/2021LeagueRanders FC (A)
14/02/2021LeagueAC Horsens (H)
21/02/2021LeagueAalborg BK (A)
28/02/2021LeagueBrøndby IF (H)
03/03/2021LeagueLyngby BK (A)
07/03/2021LeagueAGF Aarhus (H)
14/03/2021LeagueF.C. Copenhagen (A)
21/03/2021LeagueVejle BK (H)
1FC Midtjylland9612171219
3Brøndby IF9603171318
4AGF Aarhus9432171115
5Aalborg BK9432111115
6Vejle BK9423161614
7FC Nordsjælland9342171213
8Odense BK9324131511
9Randers FC9315121010
10F.C. Copenhagen9315151910
11Lyngby BK90369203
12AC Horsens90365173

Last updated 23/11/2020 23:03CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

AFC Ajax

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Group D - Group Standings
    Liverpool FC3300809
    AFC Ajax3111444
    Atalanta BC3111674
    FC Midtjylland3003180
    Matchday 1 (21/10/2020)
    AFC Ajax 0-1 Liverpool FC
    0-1 Tagliafico 35 (og)
    Onana, Schuurs (84 Traoré), Klaassen (74 Ekkelenkamp), Neres (74 Labyad), Gravenberch, Tadić, Mazraoui, Blind (84 Huntelaar), Kudus (9 Promes), Martínez, Tagliafico
  • Matchday 2 (27/10/2020)
    Atalanta BC 2-2 AFC Ajax
    0-1 Tadić 30 (P) , 0-2 Traoré 38, 1-2 Zapata 54, 2-2 Zapata 60
    Onana, Schuurs, Klaassen, Neres (69 Promes), Gravenberch, Tadić, Mazraoui (56 Klaiber), Blind, Traoré, Tagliafico, Antony (93 Labyad)
  • Matchday 3 (03/11/2020)
    FC Midtjylland 1-2 AFC Ajax
    0-1 Antony 1, 0-2 Tadić 13, 1-2 Dreyer 18
    Onana, Schuurs (60 Álvarez), Gravenberch, Tadić, Promes, Mazraoui (77 Klaiber), Blind, Ekkelenkamp (46 Klaassen), Martínez, Tagliafico, Antony (90 Traoré)
  • Matchday 4 (25/11/2020)
    AFC Ajax-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 5 (01/12/2020)
    Liverpool FC-AFC Ajax
  • Matchday 6 (09/12/2020)
    AFC Ajax-Atalanta BC

FC Midtjylland

  • UEFA Champions League - Second qualifying round
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 0-1 FC Midtjylland
    0-1 Brumado 77
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Kaba (75 Anderson), Mabil, Scholz, Kraev (65 Brumado), Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer, Onyeka, Cajuste
  • Third qualifying round
    FC Midtjylland 3-0 BSC Young Boys
    1-0 Lefort 51 (og) , 2-0 Dreyer 62, 3-0 Mabil 84
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Kaba (78 Brumado), Mabil, Scholz, Kraev (62 Sisto), Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer (84 Evander), Onyeka, Cajuste
  • Play-off
    SK Slavia Praha 0-0 FC Midtjylland
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Kaba (89 Brumado), Evander (76 Anderson), Mabil, Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer (67 Sisto), Onyeka, Cajuste
  • (30/09/2020)
    FC Midtjylland 4-1 SK Slavia Praha (agg: 4-1)
    0-1 Olayinka 3, 1-1 Kaba 65, 2-1 Scholz 84 (P) , 3-1 Onyeka 88, 4-1 Dreyer 90+1
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Sisto (58 Dreyer), Kaba, Evander (58 Kraev), Mabil (92 Anderson), Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Onyeka, Cajuste
  • Group stage
    Matchday 1 (21/10/2020)
    FC Midtjylland 0-4 Atalanta BC
    0-1 Zapata 26, 0-2 Gómez 36, 0-3 Muriel 42, 0-4 Aleksei Miranchuk 89
    J. Hansen, J. Andersson, Sisto (87 Anderson), Kaba (60 Evander), Mabil (75 Vibe), Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer, Onyeka (87 Kraev), Cajuste (76 Madsen)
  • Matchday 2 (27/10/2020)
    Liverpool FC 2-0 FC Midtjylland
    1-0 Diogo Jota 55, 2-0 Salah 90+3 (P)
    M. Andersen, J. Andersson, Sisto (72 Evander), Kaba (81 Pfeiffer), Mabil (66 Anderson), Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer, Onyeka, Cajuste (81 Kraev)
  • Matchday 3 (03/11/2020)
    FC Midtjylland 1-2 AFC Ajax
    0-1 Antony 1, 0-2 Tadić 13, 1-2 Dreyer 18
    M. Andersen, J. Andersson (64 Cools), Sisto, Kaba (81 Vibe), Mabil, Scholz, Sviatchenko, Paulinho, Dreyer (75 Kraev), Onyeka, Cajuste (80 Evander)
  • Matchday 4 (25/11/2020)
    AFC Ajax-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 5 (01/12/2020)
    Atalanta BC-FC Midtjylland
  • Matchday 6 (09/12/2020)
    FC Midtjylland-Liverpool FC

Last updated 05/11/2020 16:09CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

Overall records
• Chelsea in 2012/13 are the only defending champions to fail to get through a group stage since the UEFA Champions League began. (This record, like the others, includes the seasons between 1999/2000 and 2002/03 that featured a second group stage). In 1992/93, Barcelona were the reigning European Champion Clubs' Cup holders and lost 4-3 on aggregate in the second round to CSKA Moskva.

• In 2016/17 Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League trophy, with AC Milan (1989, 1990) the previous club to win consecutive European Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juventus (1996, 1997) and Manchester United (2008, 2009) all returned to the UEFA Champions League final as holders only to lose.

• Real Madrid then made it three wins in a row in 2017/18, becoming the fourth club to win three or more successive titles in European Cup history, and the first to do it twice.

• Only two teams have ever won the UEFA Champions League on home soil: Borussia Dortmund (1997, final in Munich) and Juventus (1996, final in Rome), while Manchester United lost the 2011 final in London and 12 months later Bayern München were beaten in the showpiece in their own stadium, the Fußball Arena München.

• Bayern's victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final was their 11th successive win in the competition (18 September 2019 to 23 August 2020), setting a new record. Bayern themselves (2 April 2013 to 27 November 2013) and Real Madrid (23 April 2014 to 18 February 2015) jointly held the previous best with ten, one more than Barcelona's winning run between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003.

Group stage
• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 21 occasions, five more than Real Madrid and Bayern München and six more than Manchester United. Barça also hold the record for the most unbeaten group stage campaigns with 13, five more than Real Madrid.

• Seven teams have recorded six successive victories in a UEFA Champions League group stage: Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03, first group stage), Real Madrid (2011/12 and 2014/15) and Bayern (2019/20).

• Twenty-one teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently AEK Athens in 2018/19.

• In 2017/18, Paris Saint-Germain set a new group stage record by scoring 25 goals, one more than Bayern München managed in 2019/20. Liverpool are next on the list having scored 23 in 2017/18 with Borussia Dortmund hitting 21 in 2016/17. Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14) all managed 20.

• Only Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) and Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17) have failed to score in a group stage.

• BATE Borisov conceded 24 goals in 2014/15, a new group stage record which was matched by Legia Warszawa in 2016/17. The previous mark, 22, was held by Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12) and Nordsjælland (2012/13).

• No team has ever gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without conceding a goal. Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 and 2004/05), Chelsea (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Villarreal (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) and Barcelona (2017/18) all let in just one.

• Matchday 6 of 2013/14 marked FCSB's 23rd successive game in the competition without a victory, surpassing the previous record of 22 set by Spartak Moskva between December 2000 and November 2006.

• Anderlecht hold the unwanted record for successive defeats in the competition, group stage to final, having lost 12 in a row between December 2003 and November 2005. Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to November 2012 and September 2015 to December 2016.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, ten teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02, second group stage), in 2002/03 Lokomotiv Moskva (first group stage) and eventual finalists Juventus (second group stage), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06), Galatasaray (2013/14), Basel (2014/15) and Atalanta (2019/20).

• Napoli failed to qualify from their group with 12 points in 2013/14, the highest total of any team not to reach the next stage when the top two in each section progressed. Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000, second group stage), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03, second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14), Porto (2015/16) and Ajax (2019/20) all missed out with ten points.

Goalscoring records
• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012, a feat matched by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano at BATE Borisov on 21 October 2014. Thirteen more players, also including Messi, have scored four times in a game, most recently Josip Iličić for Atalanta in the 2019/20 round of 16 second leg against Valencia. He was the third player to score four in a game that season, all away from home, after group stage quadruples from Bayern's Serge Gnabry (Matchday 2 at Tottenham) and Robert Lewandowski (Matchday 5 at Crvena zvezda).

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League group stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, Lionel Messi got ten goals in 2016/17, a figure matched by Robert Lewandowski in 2019/20; Ronaldo (2013/14, 2017/18) and Luiz Adriano (2014/15) scored nine while Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi, Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03), Lewandowski (2018/19) and Erling Braut Haaland (2019/20) all managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 1 of the 2018/19 competition was his eighth in the competition, a mark Ronaldo matched against Atlético de Madrid in that season's round of 16 second leg.

Oldest and youngest players
• Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta is the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League having featured against Real Madrid on Matchday 6 in 2007/08 aged 43 years and 252 days. Alessandro Costacurta is the oldest outfield player; the Milan defender was 40 years and 211 days when he played against AEK Athens in 2006/07.

• Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the competition, aged 38 years and 59 days, in Roma's 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva on 25 November 2014. Ryan Giggs (37 years 290 days) was the previous record holder.

• Celestine Babayaro is the youngest player to have appeared; he was 16 years and 87 days when he started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucureşti on 23 November 1994. He was sent off in the 37th minute.

• Ansu Fati's winner for Barcelona at Inter on Matchday 6 in 2019/20 made him the youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, at the age of 17 years 40 days. He eclipsed the previous record of Olympiacos's Peter Ofori-Quaye (17 years 195 days) that had lasted since 1 October 1997.


Team facts Only this chapter

AFC Ajax
Formed: 1900
Nickname: Godenzonen (Sons of the Gods)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup/UEFA Champions League (4): (1969), 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995, (1996)
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1987, (1988)
• UEFA Cup (1): 1992, (2017)
• UEFA Super Cup (2): 1973, (1987), 1995
• European/South American Cup (2): 1972, 1995

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 34 (2019)
Dutch Cup: 19 (2019)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2017/18: UEFA Europa League play-offs (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League runners-up (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
UEFA Europa League group stage (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2013/14: UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
14-0: Ajax v Red Boys Differdange
03/10/84, UEFA Cup first round second leg

• Biggest away win
1-8: HJK Helsinki v Ajax
19/09/79, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: Ajax v Real Madrid
23/11/10, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
5-1: Bayern München v Ajax
22/10/80, European Champion Clubs' Cup second round first leg
4-0 on four occasions, most recently v Barcelona
18/09/13, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest home win
4-0 twice, most recently v Dinamo Zagreb
02/11/11, group stage

• Biggest away win
1-5: Ferencváros v Ajax
27/09/95, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: Ajax v Real Madrid (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0 twice, most recently v Barcelona (see above)


FC Midtjylland
Nickname: Ulvene (The Wolves)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 3 (2020)
Danish Cup: 1 (2019)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
UEFA Europa League play-offs (having transferred from UEFA Champions League second qualifying round)
2017/18: UEFA Europa League play-offs
UEFA Europa League play-offs
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League play-offs
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13: UEFA Europa League play-offs
2011/12: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
2010/11: did not take part in UEFA competition

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
6-1: Midtjylland v Derry City
29/06/17, UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first leg

• Biggest away win
1-6: Bangor City v Midtjylland
17/07/08, UEFA Cup first qualifying round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: Midtjylland v Atalanta
21/10/20, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: Napoli v Midtjylland
05/11/15, UEFA Europa League group stage

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
Biggest home win

• Biggest away win

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: Midtjylland v Atalanta (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
2-0: Liverpool v Midtjylland
27/10/20, group stage



The all-time record of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.

UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competition defined as European Champion Clubs' Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup. Matches in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1972 Super Cup are not included as they were not held under UEFA auspices, while the FIFA Club World Cup is excluded.

Match officials

UCL: Total matches officiated in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.

UEFA: Total matches officiated in UEFA club competition including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.


Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • UCLQ: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances in the qualifying rounds and play-offs only
  • UCL: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances from group stage onwards prior to current matchday
  • UCL: Total appearances in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on