Ajax 1 - 0 Celtic

Match info: Champions League - Group H at Amsterdam Arena

Date: 06/11/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: Deniz Aytekin Att: 51,908

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Lasse Schone 51



FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • It's all over and Celtic's hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League have taken a real blow after a 1-0 defeat at Ajax, who are now back in the hunt in the race for second. The Dutch outfit move up to third on four points - just one behind AC Milan - while Celtic are bottom on three.

  • Ledley's long ball forward with just a few moments left is intercepted at the first hurdle.

  • Celtic punt the ball long to van Dijk but he fails to get the flick on and the hosts drill back up the other end.

  • As the fourth official shows four minutes of stoppage time on his board, Celtic win a corner but it's all rather desperate and Ajax can clear.

  • Mike van der Hoorn is brought on to replace the disappointing Sigthorsson as Ajax run the clock down with their final change.

  • Ajax continue to press forward in search of a second and you have to say attacking is certainly proving a better form of defence than sitting back as we enter the closing stages.

  • Celtic are looking tired and if anything it's more likely that Ajax grab a second than the visitors snatching an equaliser.

  • The resulting corner picks out Denswil, who is unfortunate to see his firm downward header bounce up against the post.

  • De Jong plays a neat one-two with Schone before dribbling past Ledley down the right side of the box and seeing his shot from a tight angle pushed wide by Forster.

  • Van Rhijn continues to look energetic on the right wing and wins a throw on the right wing which runs down more seconds.

  • Time is running out on Celtic now and surely they must throw caution to the wind in search of a priceless equaliser.

  • The experienced Christian Poulsen is brought into the action to replace Klaassen, who receives a standing ovation.

  • Forrest exchanges passes with Pukki inside the box only for Veltman to dig Ajax out of trouble with a well-timed challenge.

  • An exhausted Commons is replaced by Teemu Pukki as Celtic make their third and final substitution.

  • If Celtic can snatch a draw now it would certainly seem like a victory but they're just not creating enough openings.

  • Schone cuts inside from the right edge of the box before sending a low shot straight through to Forster.

  • Celtic make another change with Joe Ledley coming on for Kayal.

  • Forrest tries to get down the right but he runs into bodies and only earns his side a throw.

  • Ajax are in the ascendancy once again but you just sense their supporters need another goal to relax.

  • Fischer threads a clever ball down the left side of the box for Klaassen before darting into the area to receive the return pass - but his weak mis-timed shot loops into the air and is cleared before it even reaches Forster.


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