Ajax has to beat Atalanta subsequent week to overwinter within the Champions League. The workforce from Amsterdam misplaced unnecessarily 1-0 on Tuesday within the penultimate spherical of the group stage to Liverpool, which certified for the eighth finals.
Ajax with Álvarez and with out Labyad and Traoré
Ajax was not inferior to Liverpool, however needed to concede a aim after an hour of play. André Onana estimated a cross from Neco Williams utterly improper, so Curtis Jones might merely faucet in.
Within the different match in group D, Atalanta performed a 1-1 draw in-house in opposition to FC Midtjylland, because of which they took second place from Ajax and a draw within the Johan Cruijff ArenA subsequent Wednesday.
Ajax is already assured of a minimum of third place and a spot within the knock-out section of the Europa League. The primary within the Eredivisie additionally completed third within the group stage of the Champions League final season and reached the semi-finals the 12 months earlier than.
Coach Erik ten Hag selected in opposition to Liverpool to play with the purpose again in midfield. Edson Álvarez was subsequently allowed to begin on the expense of Zakaria Labyad. Dusan Tadic acted as a striker, forcing Lassina Traoré to accept a spot on the reserve bench.
Ajax began considerably uncomfortably at Anfield because of these adjustments. The guests merely handed within the ball a number of instances within the opening section, which might make Liverpool harmful within the swap. Curtis Jones shot as soon as proper at Onana and onto the submit from the sting of the penalty space.
After twenty minutes Ajax received into its recreation higher and that instantly offered various alternatives. Perr Schuurs headed over from a nook kick and Noussair Mazraoui and Davy Klaassen noticed their lengthy shot and header saved by the debuting Caoimhin Kelleher, who changed the injured Allison Becker.
Moreover, there was little to get pleasure from for each objectives within the first half, as a result of each groups had been properly matched. Andrew Robertson tried in useless to shock Onana with an try on the again line and Ryan Gravenberch didn’t have the sight of about 25 meters.
Ajax was the mother or father within the opening section of the second half. That also needs to have resulted within the 0-1, however Klaassen headed from shut vary and David Neres shot the rebound laborious on the surface of the submit on a slider from Mazraoui.
However, it was a direct hit for Liverpool, however that was primarily because of Onana. He thought a Williams cross would go extensive, however he did not depend on Jones, who tapped the ball into the empty aim with the surface of his foot.
Ajax was then fairly upset and escaped a much bigger deficit twice. This time Onana intervened very properly with a pin from Mohamed Salah after a brief again go from Perr Schuurs and in a one-on-one scenario with substitute Roberto Firmino.