• UEFA Champions League
  • Date: Wed 24 October 2012
  • Kick-off: 19:45
  • Venue: Amsterdam Arena

Ajax vs Manchester City


Form Guide - UEFA Champions League

Ajax

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Manchester City

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Live Text Commentary
94:00
 

Ajax now run the clock down with the ball in the corner.

94:00
 

And that's it! Victory for Ajax - their first over an English club in the European Cup since 1980

93:00
 

Now the Ajax fans are fully in song - they know a crucial three points are theirs.

92:00
 

Kolarov takes and hits the wall. Oh dear.

91:00
 

Four minutes to be added on.

91:00
 

Chance here for City as they win a free-kick centrally around 25-30 yards out.

90:00
 

Tevez wins a corner this time, takes it himself and sends a daisy-cutter to the near post which is hoofed up-field.

89:00
 

Another corner for City, Kolarov takes again and this time an Ajax player heads to safety.

89:00
 

Schone is replaced by Boerrigter

88:00
 

Kolarov takes from the left, Dzeko meets it first but it bouces tamely to Vermeer.

87:00
 

Corner to City, they must score from this.

86:00
 

And as if on cue Aguero cuts inside onto his left, but can only shoot a yard over from the edge of the area.

85:00
 

City pushing and probing, but don't look like creating much meaningful.

84:00
 

The three City players who have been substituted are all English: Lescott, Milner, Barry

83:00
 

There is going to have to a dramatic change in the direction of this game if City are going to get anything out of it.

82:00
 

The cross from the free-kick is far too close to Vermeer who fists away, and Ajax can clear their lines.

81:00
 

Free-kick to Man City by the corner flag, Balotelli pushed by Blind

80:00
 

Yaya Toure joins the yellow peril for a cynical tug back on De Jong.

79:00
 

Opta stat: Manchester City have conceded 2+ goals in four of their five Champions League away games.

78:00
 

Four strikers on the pitch now for City as Balotelli replaces Milner.

77:00
 

City back to a back four now after the chaos of playing three at the back.

77:00
 

Nasri gets in on the right and scoops a shot wide. The Frenchman appeal for a penalty for a tug back by Moisander but there looked little in it.

76:00
 

Kolarov with the trip on Schone

75:00
 

Eyong Enoh is on for Tobias Sana

74:00
 

End to end! Now Ajax are on the attack, Babel shoots from the edge of the area but finds Hart.

73:00
 

Another great chance for Dzeko! He gets in front of the defence, tries to dance round Vermeer but forces himself wide. The square ball is on but he fires a shot straight at Vermeer.

72:00
 

An attacking move for City as Tevez comes on for Barry.

72:00
 

Up the other end and Dzeko is through! He pokes a shot at goal and Vermeer makes the starfish to block the effort.

71:00
 

Hart makes himself big and makes a great save - but Sana chose power over precission and it was the wrong decision.

71:00
 

Now Sana is through on goal and has a real chance to score a fourth!

70:00
 

Terrible play all round from City, giving the ball away cheaply in the centre and allowing Eriksen the time and space to work room for the goal.

69:00
 

Gareth Barry loses the ball to Schone in the centre of the park, Eriksen picks up the loose ball, dances unchallenged to the edge of the box before shooting - it deflects off Clichy and beats Hart

66:00
 

Fine cross from Kolarov on the left flank, Milner meets it with a stooping header but it goes over.

65:00
 

Milner receives a pass on the right and plays a first-time cross without really looking up. There's no one in the centre. Terrible.

64:00
 

Ajax have moved the ball around well, so this is a risky move from Mancini.

63:00
 

Lescott is replaced by Kolarov so it seems City will go to a back three with Clichy at left central defender.

62:00
 

Vermeer makes sure he wastes some seconds by having plenty of treatment.

61:00
 

Dzeko is penalised for jumping into Vermeer - 100% foul with Dzeko having his right arm all over the keeper.

60:00
 

This is a real test for City now. They really have to win this game and they've thrown it away.

59:00
 

So yet again the discussion over zonal marking crosp out. City defenders were caught flat-footed and Moisander got a run on all of them.

59:00
 

So yet again the discussion over zonal marking crosp out. City defenders were caught flat-footed and Moisander got a run on all of them.

58:00
 

Eriksen takes the corner from the right, Moisander leaps unchallenged eight yards and and directs a fine header into the opposite corner.

57:00
 

Ajax have a corner, better work from Sana.

56:00
 

Sana cuts in dangerously from the right, and hits a left-footed shot so far wide it goes out for a throw-in level with the egde of the penalty area!

55:00
 

Opta stat: Manchester City have kept only one clean sheet in 13 games this season in all competitions, at home to Sunderland.

54:00
Yellow card
 

Nasri clatters into Van Rhijn with a late challenge and somehow avoids a yellow card.

53:00
 

Nasri tries to play the ball off his marker for a corner - and runs it straight out for a goal-kick.

52:00
 

And again, Dzeko is offside this time from Toure's through-ball.

51:00
 

The corner comes in from the left, and Hart catches unchallenged.

50:00
 

Comedy for the Ajax fans as Richards tries to hook the ball away over his shoulder, and only manages to smash it into his own face and behind for a corner.

49:00
 

Dzeko uses his power to get to the goal-line, and cuts it back for Barry six yards out who can only throw his head at the ball and it goes well wide.

47:00
 

Aguero tries to find Nasri with a cross from the right, Van Rhijn is wise to the danger and is there first with the header away.

46:00
 

Almost instantly City get a chance as Aguero snaffles possession inside the area, he's by the goal-line and tries to chip it back into the centre - a defender's head gets there first.

46:00
 

And we're off in the second half.

45:00
 

And that's half-time.

45:00
 

I'd like Ajax to thank me personally for that goal.

45:00
 

Van Rhijn finds hismelf in acres of space on the right and picks out De Jong with a lovely, low square ball into the area. De Jong finishes into the corner, first time, with aplomb.

43:00
 

You do wonder if Mancini will opt to protect this lead in the second half rather than build upon it.

42:00
 

Babel shoots from 35 yards, which Hart takes comfortably low down to his right. That might just have been a shot on target.

41:00
 

Opta stat: Samir Nasri's goal vs Ajax is his sixth in the Champions League (first for City) but the first to come away from home.

40:00
 

And right on cue Schone shoots around 10 yards over the bar from distance.

39:00
 

Shots on target from Ajax: 0 - an even more crucial stat due to have they have played early in the encounter.

38:00
 

Three Ajax players stood over the ball and instead they take it short, with the result being Schone hitting neither a shot nor a cross and Hart claiming the loose ball.

37:00
 

Milner trips De Jong, free-kick to Ajax and a chance to deliver into the box.

36:00
 

Milner tries to feed in Dzeko, but once again he's offside.

35:00
 

And then Milner again finds Nasri in the box on the left, his first touch is not the greatest - but he still goes for the shot which is blocked with ease.

34:00
 

Despite the setback of that goal, Ajax look to be growing in confidence again.

32:00
 

A raking pass to the right flank finds Van Rhijn up from the back. He takes a cut first touch, cuts back on to his left but opts for the shot - and it goes well over. Wasteful in the end.

31:00
 

Babel and Richards go shoulder to shoulder for the ball - Richards is the winner but Ajax get the throw.

30:00
 

For a moment Dzeko thinks he's free to latch on to a ball over the top but up goes the offside flag.

29:00
 

Ajax are only fourth in the Eredivisie, five points behind Steve McClaren's FC Twente with PSV Eindhoven and, unexpectedly, Vitesse also above them.

28:00
 

Blind for a block on Dzeko

27:00
 

Richards goes on a burst down the right and suddenly City have four on three, Richards decides he has the right to shoot but blasts it at a nice height for Vermeer. A pass may have been better.

26:00
 

Now Aguero dances through in the area, he tries to dink a pass back across the six yard box but there's no team-mate there.

25:00
 

Such a different game now, City with a spring in their step and Ajax looking ponderous.

24:00
 

Now Nasri appears to be blocked off when trying to break towards goal off a one-two, but it would have been a very soft penalty.

23:00
 

Now it's all City. Aguero wins the corner which Nasri takes - and he commits the cardinal sin by failing to beat the first man.

22:00
 

And it's as easy as that. Great break, Milner feeds in the unmarked Nasri cutting in from the left and he curls a shot into the opposite corner Henry-style to give City the lead

20:00
 

And now Schone almost gets in, but the pass into the box is just ahead of him.

19:00
 

Again just wide from Eriksen. He leaves Barry for dead with the spin but his effort from 25 yards goes a few inches wide.

18:00
 

Frank de Boer must be happy with the start Ajax have made - they now need to create something as well as look dangerous.

17:00
 

Clichy trisp Sana as he tried to break in towards the box, free-kick to Ajax which they take short and it comes to nothing.

16:00
 

Toure hobbles back onto the pitch, he doesn't look too comfortable.

15:00
 

Toure has a bit of treatment off on the side.

13:00
 

Yaya Toure is down and needs treatment after a clash of legs with Blind.

12:00
 

Great, powerful run Aguero into the box before he was tackled just inside the area. Some City claims for a penalty but the defender won the ball.

11:00
 

City have a rare bit of possession but the passing is sloppy and Ajax get it back with a throw.

10:00
 

Opta stat: Manchester City have conceded a total of 22 shots on target in their two Champions League games this season.

9:00
 

Nothing at all from City yet in the opposition's half.

8:00
 

Eriksen fires just wide! Barry slipped on the edge of the area which left the Dane in space, and he should have hit the target.

7:00
 

Amazingly this is only Micah Richards second-ever Champions League appearance. He played only once last term.

6:00
 

De Jong tries to find the top corner from the edge of the D. He does ... the top corner of the stand.

5:00
 

Positive start from Ajax, City struggling to get a grasp on the game.

4:00
 

Dzeko is slumped back in his chair on the bench, blowing bubbles with chewing gum.

3:00
 

Eriksen plays it in from the left, it eventually drops deep to Sana but he is backing into Dzeko.

2:00
 

Blind tries to find Eriksen, it's intercepted by Barry and all Kompany can then do is concede the corner.

1:00
 

We're off in Amsterdam!