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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.

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GOAL Ajax! 


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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


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!



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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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.



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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Ajax is as good as complete with Stekelenburg and wants to extend contract Onana for years.

Ajax is as good as complete with Maarten Stekelenburg about a new contract.

That says director of football affairs Marc Overmars at



In addition, Ajax hopes to extend the contract of the long-suspended André Onana for several years.

"We are in talks with both players," said Overmars.

"In the short term there will be clarity around both players."

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The only time that Ajax and Roma met in a European context was in the 2002/03 season.

In the second group stage of the Champions League, Ajax won 2-1 in Amsterdam, and 1-1 in Rome.

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There is a lot of unrest at AS Roma about the match against Ajax.

Yet Ajax can sometimes be the ideal opponent for the Italians.

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Donny van de Beek has to settle for a spare role at Manchester United.

The Dutch midfielder starts the away game against Granada as a bench seat.

The winner of that diptych will play against Ajax or AS Roma in the semi-finals.

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AS Roma will have to do without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling and the suspended Rick Karsdorp tonight.

On the other hand, club top scorer Jordan Veretout has returned to midfield.

He is back from a thigh injury and is back in the base for the first time since the beginning of March.

Edin Dzeko has also been found fit enough for a basic place.

Line-up AS Roma: 


Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez;

Peres, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola;

Pedro, Pellegrini;


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Kjell Scherpen is once again under the bar at Ajax.

Maarten Stekelenburg did not recover in time from the knee injury he sustained on Sunday in the warm-up for the game against sc Heerenveen.

Other than that, there are few surprises at Ajax.

Compared to last weekend, the unregistered Sébastien Haller is obviously missing.

This means that Dusan Tadic is in the forefront and Antony has a starting place.

Ajax setup: 


Rensch, J. Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico;

Álvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch;

Antony, Tadic, Neres

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Rick Karsdorp is also missing from the Johan Cruijff ArenA tonight.

The Dutch right back is an important force for AS Roma this season, but has been suspended tonight.

Karsdorp is available for the return in Rome.

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AS Roma occupies seventh place in the Serie A, a disappointing classification for the Romans.

Coach Paulo Fonseca also has to miss a whole series of basic players due to injuries, such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling.

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Ajax reached the quarter-finals by eliminating Lille and Young Boys, after finishing third in the group stage of the Champions League.

Roma finished at the top of the Europa League group before eliminating SC Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Tonight Ajax will receive the Italian AS Roma in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The team from Amsterdam is on the hunt for a good starting position for next week's return in Rome.

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