Paris v Ajax background

Group F leaders Paris Saint-Germain have qualification already assured as they host an AFC Ajax side seeking the consolation of third place once again.

Lasse Schöne goes up against Ajax old boy Maxwell in the clubs' Amsterdam draw
Lasse Schöne goes up against Ajax old boy Maxwell in the clubs' Amsterdam draw ©AFP/Getty Images

Leaders Paris Saint-Germain have qualification already assured as they host an AFC Ajax side still winless in Group F.

• Paris wrapped up their progress to the last 16 by beating APOEL FC on matchday four, when a home loss to FC Barcelona confirmed Ajax's elimination.

Match background

Paris
• The French team are looking to advance as group winners for the third year running.

• With their 1-0 victory over APOEL last time out, Paris made it 31 matches unbeaten at home in UEFA competition (21 wins, ten draws). This run dates back to a 4-2 reverse to Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in the UEFA Cup group stage in November 2006.

• Prior to their 1-1 draw at Ajax on matchday one, Paris's sole previous meeting with Eredivisie opposition was a 4-0 home success over FC Twente in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. Zoumana Camara and substitute Clément Chantôme are the only survivors in today's Paris squad.

Ajax
• Ajax are aiming to secure the consolation of third place in their section for the fifth season running in the UEFA Champions League.

• Ajax have lost three and drawn one of their last four matches in France – their most recent trip bringing a 0-0 draw at Olympique Lyonnais in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage. Davy Klaassen appeared as a late substitute while Gregory van der Wiel was in the Ajax starting XI.

• Ajax's overall record in France in W4 D2 L4. Their last victory away to Ligue 1 opposition was a 2-0 success at Lyon in the 2002/03 first group stage.

• This term marks the 20th anniversary of Ajax's last UEFA Champions League triumph.

Coach and player links
• Ajax's Frank de Boer and visiting coach Laurent Blanc captained their respective countries in France's 2-1 home friendly win against the Netherlands in February 1997. The pair also faced each other in a 1995 friendly in the Netherlands, which France edged 1-0.

• De Boer scored in a 3-2 Dutch victory over France in Amsterdam at UEFA EURO 2000. Blanc did not play in that group match but helped France win the tournament.

• As a player, Blanc helped Montpellier Hérault SC beat PSV Eindhoven in the 1990/91 European Cup Winners' Cup first round, and later eliminated Vitesse with FC Internazionale Milano in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup second round.

• De Boer hit his first goal in UEFA club competition against AJ Auxerre in a 1-0 home success in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Ajax still went out 4-3 on aggregate, but De Boer's record against French clubs in his playing career was good: W4 D0 L1.

• Dennis Bergkamp, De Boer's assistant coach, scored in Ajax's 3-0 first-leg victory at Olympique de Marseille in the 1987/88 Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals (agg 4-2).

• Zlatan Ibrahimović made 74 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax (2001–04), registering 35 goals. He got AC Milan's equaliser in a 1-1 draw with his old club in the 2010/11 group stage.

• Van der Wiel (2006–12) and Maxwell (2001–05) are also former Ajax players, the former playing under De Boer for a season and a half.

• Ezequiel Lavezzi was in the Argentina side that downed Jasper Cillessen's Netherlands on penalties in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

• Blaise Matuidi scored past Cillessen in France's 2-0 friendly success against the Dutch in March this year. Klaassen made his Oranje debut that night.

• Kolbeinn Sigthórsson scored for Iceland in a 3-2 friendly loss to a France team coached by Blanc and featuring Yohan Cabaye in May 2012.

Match facts

Paris
• Paris have won each of their last seven games in all competitions, conceding four goals in the process.

• Paris and Chelsea FC are the only teams from Europe's top five domestic leagues yet to suffer a defeat in all competitions this season.

• Javier Pastore struck his first goal since April as Paris edged to a 3-2 victory at FC Metz on Friday night.

• Paris beat Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille 2-0 in the Classique on 9 November to close to within a point of the summit.

• Ibrahimović was a substitute against OM on his return from seven weeks out with a heel injury. He has not scored for Paris since August.

• Ibrahimović, who was named Swedish player of the year for the ninth time earlier this month, scored Sweden's goal in a 1-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Montenegro on 12 November. He did not feature in the friendly against France six days later, though.

• Matuidi withdrew from the France squad for friendlies against Albania and Sweden to undergo surgery on a hand injury.

• David Luiz scored Brazil's opener in a 2-1 win against Austria in a Vienna friendly on 18 November.

Ajax
• Joël Veltman serves a one-game ban on matchday five. Anwar El Ghazi and Niklas Moisander are both a booking away from a suspension.

• Ajax have won five of their last six games and scored four goals in four of their last five.

• Arkadiusz Milik has scored 16 goals in his last 13 outings for club and country, including six as Ajax beat amateur Amsterdam side JOS Watergraafsmeer 9-0 in the Dutch Cup on 24 September.

• On 12 November, Ricardo van Rhijn and Veltman started the Netherlands' 3-2 friendly defeat by Mexico, the Oranje's 50th match at the Amsterdam ArenA. Cillessen kept a clean sheet in a 6-0 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying win against Latvia at the same venue four days later.

• Milik provided a goal and an assist in Poland's 4-0 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying win in Georgia on 14 November. He was on target again four days later in a 2-2 friendly draw against Switzerland.

• Thulani Serero, winning his 18th cap, scored his first international goal on 15 November and then claimed an assist as South Africa beat Sudan 2-1 to seal a place at next year's Africa Cup of Nations.

• Lucas Andersen made his senior international debut as Denmark lost 2-0 to Romania in a friendly on 18 November, playing alongside Nicolai Boilesen.

• Niki Zimling and Lerin Duarte scored as Ajax lost 3-2 to second-tier Sparta Rotterdam in a training ground friendly on 18 November.

• Viktor Fischer has been out with a hamstring injury since 23 February.

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