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Now or never for Auxerre as Ajax visit

After three consecutive defeats in Group G, Jean Fernandez's AJ Auxerre know it is time to deliver three points when AFC Ajax visit Stade Abbé-Deschamps on Matchday 4.

Now or never for Auxerre as Ajax visit
Now or never for Auxerre as Ajax visit ©UEFA.com

AJ Auxerre know time is not on their side when Group G rivals AFC Ajax visit Stade Abbé-Deschamps on Matchday 4.

• The Ligue 1 club have lost their opening three group games and would face almost certain elimination from the UEFA Champions League if they suffered a fourth loss against an Ajax side who, after prevailing 2-1 when the teams met in Amsterdam last time out, know a second victory will put them in firm contention for a place in the last 16.

Previous meetings
• Ronald Koeman stepped down as Ajax coach after Auxerre came out on top when the clubs last met in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup round of 32. Ajax won the first leg 1-0 through a Maxwell goal but went down 3-1 at Stade Abbé-Deschamps. Although Ryan Babel cancelled out Bonaventure Kalou's opening strike, Auxerre prevailed through second-half efforts from Benoît Cheyrou and Lionel Mathis.

• Teemu Tainio, now an Ajax player, was in that Auxerre team along with Jean-Pascal Mignot and Stéphane Grichting. Maarten Stekelenburg, Urby Emanuelson and Rasmus Lindgren featured for Ajax.

• Auxerre won the clubs' other two-legged tie in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Ajax, the then holders, failed to undo the damage of a 4-2 first-leg loss when they won the return 1-0 in Amsterdam. Jol's assistant coach Danny Blind, whose son Daley is a current squad member, played for Ajax.

• The teams' only previous UEFA Champions League encounters came in the 1996/97 group stage. Ajax ruined Auxerre's debut appearance in the competition with a 1-0 success in France – still the only victory by Dutch visitors to Stade Abbé-Deschamps – but the Ligue 1 outfit gained a 2-1 away win and finished top of the group with Ajax second.

Match background
• Auxerre have a strong home record against Dutch visitors with four wins, two draws and just one defeat from seven matches – although it was Ajax who inflicted that solitary loss.

• Ajax's last visit to France ended in defeat at Olympique de Marseille in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16. Although Luis Suárez converted a penalty, Ajax lost 2-1 and could only draw 2-2 at home, where they recovered a two-goal deficit through Eyong Enoh and Miralem Sulejmani.

• Ajax's overall away record against Ligue 1 opposition is W4 D1 L3.

• Jean Fernandez's Auxerre lost 1-0 to Real Madrid CF in their opening home game in Group G but had previously defeated FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 in the play-off round. Martin Jol's visitors have yet to win on their travels in this season's competition after draws at PAOK FC (3-3) and FC Dynamo Kyiv (1-1) in qualifying and a 2-0 defeat at AC Milan on Matchday 1.

Team ties
• Tainio was at Auxerre from 1997 to 2005 and made 150 Ligue 1 appearances, scoring 14 goals. He scored Auxerre's goal in a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup fourth round.

• Retired Dutch defender Frank Verlaat is another player to have served both Ajax (1986-89, 1999-2000) and Auxerre (1992-95).

• André Ooijer helped PSV earn a 0-0 draw at Auxerre in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first group stage. With PSV, Ooijer also faced Olympique Lyonnais in the round of 16 in 2005/06. He played in a 1-0 first-leg home loss but was missing for the 4-0 defeat in France where Benoît Pedretti appeared as a substitute for Lyon.

• Ooijer was in the Netherlands side that beat France 4-1 at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Suárez and Nicolás Lodeiro were in the Uruguay team that held France 0-0 in the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Lodeiro was sent off 17 minutes after coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute having collected two yellow cards.

• Mounir El Hamdaoui and Kamel Chafni are both Moroccan internationals.

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