Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ajax keep hopes alive with Barcelona win


Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Ajax kept themselves in contention to qualify for the knockout stages after becoming the first side to beat Barcelona this season.

Impressive strikes from Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen gave Ajax a surprise half-time lead, but straight after the break defender Joel Veltman was red-carded for a foul on Neymar and Xavi pulled a goal back from the penalty spot not long after.

Injury-plagued Barcelona applied pressure in search of an equaliser but Ajax held out to thunderous applause from a capacity cword.

Ajax stay third in the group, one point behind AC Milan, whom they must now beat away on December 11 if they are to advance. Barcelona, without injured Lionel Messi, need one point from their match against Celtic at the Camp Nou to make sure of top place in the group .

An Ajax fan was seriously injured when he fell from the upper tier of the stand as he as celebrated their second goal. Two ambulances crashed into each other as they rushed to attend the stricken fan.

Irish Independent

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