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We (Patrick Moeke and Sam Blom) will keep you informed tonight about the first leg in the quarter-finals of the Europa League between Ajax and AS Roma.

Lots of fun!



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  • Ajax-AS Roma 

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73 'Ajax gets many opportunities when it conquers the ball by putting high pressure.

That is no different now.

Via Klaassen, the ball reaches Antony, who tries it from a few meters away behind his standing leg.

Again Lopez stands in the way of the 2-1.

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71 'Timber hands in the ball and Devyne Rensch has to correct that with a foul.

That gives the young right back a yellow card, with which he is suspended for the return in Rome.

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69 'Great opportunity for Brobbey!

The substitute gets the chance to give Ajax the lead, but runs into the quickly released Lopez.

The pressure from Ajax is increasing.

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68 'Brobbey uses his body very well in the duel with Cristante and loses to Tagliafico.

Lopez also lets the ball slip, but he does get away with his mistake.

The ball disappears just wide.

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From this moment on, the 21-year-old Scherpen will be a bit of a shock tonight.

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64 'First substitution on the side of Ajax.

Supersub Brian Brobbey joins the squad and David Neres steps out.

That means Tadic will move to the left.

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60 'The big question now is how Ajax will respond to those two hard taps in a short time, with the missed penalty from Tadic and the sour equalizer from Pellegrini.

Erik ten Hag's team started strongly after the break, but is now facing a tie.

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After seventeen penalty kicks in a row, Dusan Tadic misses a penalty for Ajax.

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Oops ... Dusan Tadic misses the penalty kick and does not put Ajax at 2-0.

#UEL #romaya

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Avatar AuthorVTBL ⚽Moment of places20: 13 - 8 April 2021

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57 'GOAL AS Roma! 

1-1



What a drama for Kjell Scherpen!

Lorenzo Pellegrini's free kick seemed simple, but Scherpen let the ball slip and saw the ball roll over the goal line.

Huge blow to Ajax, which should have come to 2-0 via Tadic a few minutes ago.

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55 'Roma was there for the first time after the break.

Bruno Peres hurls the ball towards the far post, where Edin Dzeko is ready.

However, he heads the ball into the side netting.

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53 'Ajax missed penalty!



Tadic misses the opportunity!

The Serbian rarely misses from eleven meters, but now comes with a dramatic penalty kick, which can be turned relatively easily by Lopez.

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52 'Penalty kick Ajax!



The moment is once again introduced when Ajax conquers the ball high on the field, after which Tadic crosses the leg at Ibanez.

Ajax gets an excellent opportunity to double the lead.

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50 'Goalkeeper Pau Lopez hands the ball in to Antony just like that, but Ajax does not know how to take advantage, because Tadic does not get a shot.

The team from Amsterdam has control in the first five minutes of the second half.

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46 'Ajax and Roma start the second half with the same 22 names with which the first half was closed.

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Dusan Tadic provides the assist to Davy Klaassen tonight and is partly because of this involved in eleven of the seventeen European Ajax goals this season.

He scored six times himself and delivered five assists.

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Peace! 

Ajax struggled in the first half with AS Roma, which turned out well.

Still, the team from Amsterdam is ahead, after Davy Klaassen took advantage of Gianluca Mancini's error of judgment.

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Klaassen has now scored the opening goal in all three of Ajax's home matches in the knock-out phase of the Europa League.

Both duels (2-1 against Lille and 3-0 against Young Boys) were then also won by Ajax.

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45 'Two minutes are added in the first half.

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40 'There it was almost immediately 2-0!

Tadic's pass on Antony is changed direction for a while, but nevertheless reaches the Brazilian.

However, he comes close to Lopez.

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39 'GOAL Ajax! 

1-0



Well, here are Klaassen and Tadic!

Mancini seems to be able to easily pick up the ball, but keeps walking backwards, allowing Klaassen to pick up the ball.

He lays down on Tadic, who in turn hands it back to Klaassen.

The midfielder, who has so often scored important goals for Ajax, hits the spot.

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38 'Ajax has a very difficult time with AS Roma in the first half.

Players like Dusan Tadic and Davy Klaassen hardly appear in the play for the time being.

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32 'There is then a great opportunity for Ajax.

Antony finds Dusan Tadic, who cuts out Cristante but then shoots well wide.

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31 'After half an hour of playing football it is still waiting for the first serious chance for Ajax, which is having a hard time with Roma, who plays compact but in possession of the ball at times puts excellent positional play on the mat.

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28 'Major setback for AS Roma.

Left wing defender Spinazzola has been injured by a pass to Dzeko and has to be replaced.

Eighteen-year-old Riccardo Calafiori is his replacement.

It is yet another personnel setback for the Italians.

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23 'Dzeko shoots straight at Scherpen from the turn.

Ajax is lucky that Roma and Spinazzola in particular are not making better use of the enormous spaces in this situation, otherwise the problems could have been much greater.

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That's it, Kjell!

✈️ #UEL #ajarom

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Avatar Author AFC Ajax Moment of places 19: 23 - 8 April 2021

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A streaker at Granada-Manchester United!

And that while there really should not be an audience at that match.

After a short delay, the game has resumed.

No goals have yet been scored in Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.

Even with no fans, Granada vs Man United have still managed to have a pitch invader!

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Avatar Author90minMoment of places19: 18 - 8 April 2021

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The star in the first quarter of this match: Kjell Scherpen.

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20 'Ajax has the most ball possession in the first twenty minutes, but it is Roma who has been closest to the opening goal.

The Romans have come out dangerous a number of times, mainly on the left.

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16 'Good save from Kjell Scherpen!

The young goalkeeper has to stretch himself completely on a powder from Bryan Cristante and taps the ball wide.

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Maarten Stekelenburg has to miss today's game due to a knee injury, but eighteen (!) Years ago the keeper was under the bar in the Champions League meeting with Roma.

Ajax won that home game 2-1.

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13 'Leonardo Spinazzola plays both Rensch and Martínez easily and then scoops the ball towards the far post, where Tagliafico can just prevent Dzeko from becoming dangerous.

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11 'The game mainly takes place in the Italian half in the first ten minutes, but as soon as Roma reports in front of Scherpen's goal, it is dangerous.

Edin Dzeko now provides space for a shot, but the experienced striker shoots a meter in front.

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Tonight Ajax will have to be wary of Edin Dzeko.

The Bosnian scored in the past three European matches against Roma.

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7 'Ajax puts Roma under pressure early and that has already yielded the ball a few times.

That now produces a promising situation with David Neres, but he does not know how to reach a teammate.

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Ajax has been waiting ten duels for a victory against an Italian opponent.

The last time that an Italian opponent was won against AS Roma (2-1) in the Champions League in the 2002/2003 season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jari Litmanen then recorded the Amsterdam hits.

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4 'First opportunity for Ajax.

Antony steals the ball from Spinazzola and passes it to Ryan Gravenberch.

However, the young midfielder's commitment is an easy prey for Pau Lopez.

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3 'Tonight Ajax will have to watch out for the quick counter of the visitors.

Already in the third minute there is the first warning, but Pedro is just short of a cross from Dzeko, who had fled to the left during the breakout.

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Tonight Ajax will not play in the home shirt, but in the European away shirt.

This has to do with the white Roma outfit.

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Kick-off! 

We started in the Johan Cruijff ArenA!

Can Ajax provide a good starting position against AS Roma?

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The players come onto the field, we are about to start the quarter finals of the Europa League!

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Ten Hag: "We have confidence in Scherpen" 



Ajax will have to do without Stekelenburg tonight, but according to Ajax coach Erik ten Hag that is not a huge loss.

"We have confidence in Scherpen, he is doing very well."



"We have a balanced team. We focus on the opponent, but want to take control. My work is done, it is now up to the players. I am very curious", Ten Hag looked ahead at 

RTL 7.



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Present at Ajax-AS Roma.

Amsterdammers are on the hunt for a good starting position for the return and the first home win against an Italian club since the 2002/2003 season.

The opponent at the time: Roma.

#ajarom

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Avatar Author Jeroen Bijma Moment of publication 18: 33 - April 8, 2021

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Kjell Scherpen will make his European debut for Ajax tonight, after making his Eredivisie debut for the team from Amsterdam last weekend.

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