Ajax will play the crucial return on Wednesday evening against the Cypriot APOEL in the play-offs of the Champions League. The competition in the Johan Cruijff ArenA started at 9 p.m. Follow the return in this live blog.

  • Champions League play-offs
  • LIVE: Ajax-APOEL 1-0
  • Started at 9 p.m.
  • Round trip ended in 0-0
  • Winner to group stage CL

Ajax-APOEL · a few seconds ago

Goal rejected!

Ajax-APOEL · 2 minutes ago

The VAR is still going to bend over the hit because an offside situation might have preceded it.

Ajax-APOEL · 4 minutes ago

50 'GOAL Ajax! 2-0

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar doubles Ajax's lead. The striker heads the ball from close range via the bottom of the crossbar just over the goal line.

Ajax-APOEL · 5 minutes ago

Edson Álvarez does not let his basic debut go unnoticed. After an early yellow card, the Mexican midfielder made the only goal in the 43th minute.

Ajax-APOEL · 8 minutes ago

46 'The second half has started. Will Ajax hunt for more goals, or will it let APOEL come?

Ajax-APOEL · 12 minutes ago

View the header here with which Álvarez gave Ajax the lead in the first half.

DREAM DEBUT! ⚡️Alvarez does it for Ajax! 💥 #AJAAPO 1-0! 🔥 #UCL #veronicainside

Avatar Author Veronica InsideMoment of places21: 48 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · 16 minutes ago

Never before this century did Ajax score in 36 consecutive home games.

36 - @AFCAjax have scored in 36 consecutive home games in all competitions for the first time this century. Class.

Avatar Author OptaJohan Moment of Places 21: 46 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · 24 minutes ago

REST: 1-0

Ajax will go to the dressing room with a good feeling. The Mexican base deputy Álvarez with his header in the 43th minute made sure that the home team really had a place in the Champions League group stage.

Ajax-APOEL · 25 minutes ago

45 'Veltman ensures that the score in terms of yellow cards is balanced again: 2-2. More important for Ajax: when it comes to goals, after the powerful header by Álvarez it is on the right side of the score.

Ajax-APOEL · 30 minutes ago

43 'GOAL Ajax! 1-0

Then there is the opening goal for Ajax! Álvarez, who makes his debut in the base, is nicely headed in from a free kick by Ziyech. At this stand Ajax is qualified for the group stage of the Champions League.

Ajax-APOEL · 30 minutes ago

41 'The biggest chance so far for Ajax! Ziyech gets the ball at the second post when Tadic hits the side net from close by. That would have been a good moment to take the lead just before the break.

Ajax-APOEL · 33 minutes ago

39 'A little bump in the field after Blind taps his head against the head of Pavlovic lying on the floor. Referee Zwayer, who probably did not see the moment, finished it without cards.

Ajax-APOEL · 36 minutes ago

36 'A great free kick by Ziyech, who is turned into a corner by Belec with two fists.

Ajax-APOEL · 38 minutes ago

35 'Tisic is worked towards the ground just outside the penalty area by Merkis, who gets yellow for that. It gives Ajax a free kick in a nice place.

Ajax-APOEL · 39 minutes ago

33 'Ziyech sends his opponent into the forest beautifully. However, the Moroccan pass is removed by APOEL from the penalty area.

Ajax-APOEL · 41 minutes ago

31 'Mihajlovic applies the emergency brake to prevent Ziyech from becoming dangerous. It gives the Bosnian the first yellow card for APOEL.

Ajax-APOEL · 42 minutes ago

30 'Another shot from the second line. This time Tadic is aiming high. After half an hour of play there is still 0-0 on the scoreboard in the ArenA, after ninety minutes last week in Nicosia was not scored.

Ajax-APOEL · 44 minutes ago

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was prevented from scoring early in the game due to the thoughtful intervention of the APOEL keeper.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

25 'The first yellow card in the match is for an Ajax player. Álvarez goes for the receipt because he swings a little too much with his arm and works his opponent towards the grass.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

23 'A shot from Ziyech from outside the penalty area ends up safely in the hands of Belec. Shooting from a distance is not even such a bad idea against the close defense of APOEL.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

22 'It is one-way traffic in the ArenA, although it is still waiting for great opportunities. A cross from right back Dest lands on the shoulder instead of the head of Tadic and is therefore a simple prey for the keeper.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

18 'Finally the ball is behind goalkeeper Belec, but the referee has already whisted well before a foul by Dest. So that party of Ajax is canceled.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

15 'The pressure of Ajax on the goal of APOEL is increasing, although sometimes there is a lack of care in the passing. Moreover, defender Merkis prevents twice with a good interception that the home team can become dangerous.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

11 'A clever ball by Tadic with which he tries to put Huntelaar free in front of the goal. However, goalkeeper Belec is attentive and intervenes in time.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

8 'APOEL plays in a 5-4-1 formation and therefore withdraws en masse in its own half. So it's Ajax's job to find an opening in the Cypriot wall. The first corner of the game does not present any danger. Just before that, defender Merkis prevented Neres from heading on goal.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

5 'Huntelaar is called back for offside. The striker will be keen to liven up his first base of the season with a goal.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

3 'The first shot is from APOEL player Jakolis. However, the deployment of the Croatian goes high.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

1 'APOEL kicked off at the Arena. The hunt for a place in the group stage of the Champions League has begun.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

The Champions League anthem blares with the Johan Cruijff ArenA. In Amsterdam they will hope that this is not the last time this season.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

The warm-up is over. Referee Felix Zwayer started the match in just over 5 minutes.

You want warming up photos? Here you go! 📸 #UCL #ajaapo

Avatar AuthorAFC AjaxMoment of places20: 50 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

In 2003, 2005 and 2010 Ajax managed to advance through the preliminary rounds to the main tournament of the million ball, but in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017 it went wrong. If Ajax again wins the Champions League, the club may credit at least 40 million euros into the bank account.

Ajax-APOEL · one hour ago

Ten Hag: 'More footballing capacity'
Erik ten Hag has changed his team in no less than eight positions compared to last week. For example, Ziyech is pushing a line back to play a decisive role in midfield. Blind moves from midfield to defense. "If APOEL plays the way it did last week, we need more footballing ability from the back," says Veronica 's trainer. Last week our attack game was inadequate after half an hour. It is Ziyech's power to make walking actions and to use the spaces from the '10 position '. It must be fine tonight. "

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

Marin had to leave the field after a lesser appearance in Nicosia. Just like Schuurs, Promes, Traoré, Varela, Ekkelenkamp and De Wit, he is sitting on the couch.

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

The first match between APOEL and Ajax on Cyprus last week ended in 0-0. Erik ten Hag's team ended that duel with ten men by a red card for Noussair Mazraoui, who is therefore suspended for the return. The injured Donny van de Beek does not participate either. Partly as a result, Ten Hag has completely mixed up his team tonight.

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

Ajax must save Dutch honor
Ajax must deal with APOEL tonight to keep the honor of Dutch football high. An elimination of the team from Amsterdam would be special in several respects, because it would also mean that for the first time in 26 years no Dutch club was represented in the Champions League. In the 1993/1994 season, our country was last absentee in the most important European club tournament, when Feyenoord landed as the national champion in the preliminary round. After the Icelandic ÍA Akranes was eliminated, it went wrong against FC Porto.

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

Edson Álvarez, the 21-year-old successor to Matthijs de Ligt, is no rookie: the Mexican defender played more than 100 games for Club América and 28 international matches. Use your football knowledge and play along with TOTO.

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Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

A new role for Lisandro Martínez tonight. The Argentinian, who until now has always played in the back, is now in midfield with Ziyech and Álvarez. Blind, on the other hand, drops a line back and is in the center of the back.

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

These are the eleven names of APOEL. The super-fast Jordanian Musa Tamari, to whom Ajax had their hands full in the first game, is once again kicking off.

#StartingXI: #AFCAjax [0] - #APOELFC [0] (#UCL PO-2leg) #AJAXvAPO #apoelfclive

Avatar AuthorAPOEL FCMoment of places19: 48 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

Tonight Ajax misses the injured Donny van de Beek and the suspended Noussair Mazraoui. That is why Ten Hag had to shift considerably with its basic setup. Huntelaar, who made an impression as a substitute in recent weeks, can start in the starting line-up this time. Ziyech sinks back to midfield, where he gets the company of Álvarez and Martínez. Blind forms a central defense duo with Veltman.

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

The line-up of Ajax has arrived! Huntelaar and Álvarez are in the base.

Ajax setup: Onana; Dest, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico; Martinez, Ziyech, Alvarez; Tadic, Huntelaar, Neres.

We present to you ... our boys! ❌❌❌ #UCL #ajaapo

Avatar AuthorAFC AjaxMoment of places19: 46 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · 2 hours ago

David Neres is the most expensive Ajax player with an estimated market value of 45 million euros. That is about 12 million euros more than the estimated value of the entire selection of APOEL Nicosia. Use your football knowledge and play along with TOTO.

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Ajax-APOEL · 3 hours ago

It is slowly getting busier at the ArenA, where Ajax hopes to reach the group stage of the Champions League at 9 p.m. at the expense of APOEL Nicosia. We expect to get the setup every moment.

Waiting for the XI ... ⌚️📲 #UCL #ajaapo

Avatar AuthorAFC AjaxMoment of places19: 33 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · 3 hours ago

Dušan Tadić is the top scorer at Ajax with two goals in this CL qualification. At APOEL Nicosia that is Andrija Pavlovic with three on the counter. Use your football knowledge and play along with TOTO.

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Ajax-APOEL · 4 hours ago

Dest called for Team USA
Sergiño Dest is currently focusing on the match against APOEL Nicosia, but will later consider the proposal of the American coach Gregg Berhalter. The eighteen-year-old right back from Ajax, who may start in the starting line-up tonight, has been called up for two practice international matches for the American national team. If Dest accepts the invitation, that is not a disaster for the Dutch: friendly duels are not binding on the choice of football country.

Ajax-APOEL · 5 hours ago

ArenA ready for 'big night'

The Amsterdam ArenA is preparing for another very important European evening. From 9 p.m. the team will play for a Champions League ticket against APOEL Nicosia.

Big night. 🌟🏟 #UCL #ajaapo

Avatar AuthorAFC AjaxMoment of places17: 31 - 28 August 2019

Ajax-APOEL · 5 hours ago

Will Ajax reach the group stage of the Champions League tonight at APOEL's expense?

  • Yes, Ajax makes it to the group stage
  • No, Ajax is eliminated

Ajax-APOEL · 14 hours ago

The last time a semi-finalist was missing in the next Champions League season was in 2011. Schalke 04 then became 14th in the Bundesliga and was not even allowed to participate in the preliminaries based on that ranking. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar experienced it up close in Gelsenkirchen and may be in the Ajax base tonight.

Ajax-APOEL · 14 hours ago

In the summer of 1996, Panathinaikos got stuck in the preliminary round against Rosenborg BK. A season earlier, the Greek top club came to the semi-final, in which Ajax was too strong. At the time, the qualifying process for the Champions League was shorter than this season. Only one round had to be survived to reach the main tournament.

Ajax-APOEL · 14 hours ago

Ajax hopes tonight against APOEL to escape a historic elimination in several respects. The team from Amsterdam received the Cypriots in the Johan Cruijff ArenA for the crucial return in the play-offs of the Champions League. Last year the strong Ajax reached the semi-finals of the million-dollar ball. It was only once in the Champions League history that a semi-finalist failed to qualify in the following season.

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