Ajax with a lot of unnecessary trouble along nine Panathinaikos
Ajax is the group stage of the Europa League Thursday night started well. The Amsterdammers had in Athens a lot of unnecessary trouble with Panathinaikos, but won with 2-1.
Ajax had a rough start and looked after five minutes of play against a 1-0 deficit to a hit of. Marcus Berg.
The team of trainer Peter Bosz came after more than a half hour to play on the equal height via Bertrand Traoré and halfway through the second half was the 1-2 by Jairo Riedewald, that touch shot from a rebound after Davy Klaassen, a penalty kick was missed.
Both Panathinaikos if Ajax made the race is not full with elf man. The home team were Ivan Ivanov (69th minute) and Mubarak Wakaso (89th minute) to each their second yellow card. When the visitors had to Hakim Ziyech, who did his first European competition for Ajax played, ten minutes before time to leave the field with two times yellow.
The other duel in group G between Standard Liege and Celta de Vigo ended in a 1-1 draw. The end position was already after a quarter of play reached.
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Ajax stands after one round equal top of group G, but the Locals made it itself quite difficult in Athens. After five minutes, Panathinaikos is already in the lead after a clever piece of miscommunication in the defense of Ajax.
Keeper André Onana bokste a bet is not good, and ex-PSV’er the Mountain on the good place to for a quick opening goal. Also after the early disappointment could Ajax do not impress. It was the team of Bosz especially to creativity to real opportunities.
The first real opportunity for Ajax was, however, directly touch. Traoré, who in spite of the slight hamstringklachten fit enough turned out to be the basis to start, surprised goalkeeper Luke Steele with a shot in the short corner: 1-1. It meant his first hit in Amsterdam service.
Just a minute later had Davinson Sánchez for the 2-1, but the risen defender clears a cross from Amin Younes of near not to work.
Bosz satisfied with the result Ajax after ‘dramatic’ early
In the second half came Ajax more often for the purpose of Panathinaikos, that have no dangerous. Ziyech got an opportunity via a free kick, but the right-winger fired into the wall and worked the rebound high over.
Ajax played still not great football, but came up more at the half of Panathinaikos and was twenty minutes of peace ahead. Referee Andre Marriner put the ball on the spot after an infringement at the upcoming Mitchell Dijks.
Klaassen, who in the play-offs of the Champions League two penalties redeemed against FK Rostov, he neglected the windfall to use. Luckily for Ajax came to the ball in the feet of Riedewald, who still for the 2-1 made.
In a messy final stage came Ajax is no longer in danger and had to Panathinaikos even with nine men after red cards for Ivanov and Wakaso (two times yellow).
Although Ajax ten minutes before time, also with ten man had to go after the dismiss of Ziyech, the team had of Bosz multiple chances to score higher. Among others substitute player: Kasper Dolberg failed however in the completion, leaving Ajax with a narrow 2-1 victory in the Europa League starts.
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