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Demy De Zeeuw is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Silvio Proto.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Demy De Zeeuw. Indirect free kick taken by Silvio Proto.
Siem De Jong has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Shot from just outside the box by Lukas Marecek goes over the crossbar.
Matias Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Eriksen. Lukas Marecek replaces da Rocha Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
Mounir El Hamdaoui takes a shot. Save made by Silvio Proto.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Demy De Zeeuw goes wide right of the goal. Tom De Sutter on for Marcin Wasilewski.
Demy De Zeeuw is brought on as a substitute for Lorenzo Ebecilio.
Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Save made by Gregory Van Der Wiel.
Lorenzo Ebecilio sends in a cross, Silvio Proto makes a save.
Short corner taken by Siem De Jong.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mounir El Hamdaoui by Cheikhou Kouyate. Siem De Jong shoots direct from the free kick.
The referee shows da Rocha Kanu a yellow card.
Siem De Jong takes a shot. Blocked by Marcin Wasilewski.
Corner taken by Miralem Sulejmani from the left by-line, clearance made by Cheikhou Kouyate. Short corner taken by Siem De Jong.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Save by Silvio Proto.
Matias Suarez fouled by Jan Vertonghen, the ref awards a free kick. Lucas Biglia takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Miralem Sulejmani from the left by-line, Silvio Proto makes a save.
Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Blocked by Gregory Van Der Wiel.
Jeroen Verhoeven on for Maarten Stekelenburg.
Mounir El Hamdaoui has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Siem De Jong takes a shot. Save by Silvio Proto.
The official flags Mounir El Hamdaoui offside. Silvio Proto restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jan Lecjaks, Header from close range by Matias Suarez misses to the right of the goal.
Da Rocha Kanu takes a outswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rasmus Lindgren by Matias Suarez. Christian Eriksen delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Lucas Biglia.
Siem De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Lucas Biglia. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lucas Biglia from left wing.
Lucas Biglia delivers the ball.
Guillaume Gillet sends in a cross.
Corner taken left-footed by da Rocha Kanu.
Jan Lecjaks crosses the ball, blocked by Miralem Sulejmani.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheikhou Kouyate on Jan Vertonghen. The referee cautions Cheikhou Kouyate for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jan Vertonghen from left channel, clearance made by Jan Lecjaks.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Blocked by Roland Juhasz.
The ball is swung over by Romelu Lukaku.
Lorenzo Ebecilio produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
Miralem Sulejmani fires in a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Ajax 2 (5)-(0) 0 Anderlecht.The assist for the goal came from Mounir El Hamdaoui.
Rasmus Lindgren joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eyong Enoh.
Miralem Sulejmani grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ajax 1 (4)-(0) 0 Anderlecht.Assist by Siem De Jong.
Da Rocha Kanu takes a shot. Save by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Shot from deep inside the area by da Rocha Kanu goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by da Rocha Kanu.
Lorenzo Ebecilio is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Van Holsbeeck pessimistic about Anderlecht's chances
Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck admits the chances of his side overturning their 3-0 Europa League deficit against Ajax are "almost nil" ahead of Thursday's second leg at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Christian Eriksen inspired Ajax to a deceptively emphatic victory in Brussels last Thursday, scoring one goal and teeing up Toby Alderweireld and Mounir El Hamdaoui to fire Frank de Boer's side towards the last 16.
Van Holsbeeck accepts his side would need something special to turn the tie around, but wants to see a positive reponse from his players, who followed up their European loss with a 2-0 defeat at Westerlo on Sunday.
"We must be realistic. The chances that we will still qualify are almost nil," he told club website www.rsca.be.
"But, for us, the board, what's particularly important is that we see a good match from Anderlecht. We really expect a response, not only after the 0-3, but after the 2-0 at Westerlo.
"We can accept a defeat, but it all depends on the manner. And that was not good [on Sunday]. The way we started was really not good. We want Sunday's match to be washed away by a good performance in Amsterdam."
Of last week's meeting between the sides, he added: "If you analyse the game objectively, you have to admit that the 0-3 scoreline was exaggerated.
"We played a good first half, created chances, but lacked the finishing. The last 25 minutes we were completely outplayed and then after 90 minutes there was a heavy 0-3 final score on the board."
Ajax will be hot favourites to progress on Thursday, but De Boer has warned his side not to get ahead of themselves and start thinking about Sunday's Eredivisie trip to leaders PSV Eindhoven before completing the European job.
He told De Telegraaf: "I want us to fully concentrate on Anderlecht. If we make a slack start, we may be only two goals up. That should not happen. The Europa League is far too good a tournament. There are many good teams in this competition."
Speaking of the PSV encounter he added: "That match for now is irrelevant. The preparation for that game starts on Thursday night after the final whistle of the referee."
De Boer has a virtually fully-fit squad at his disposal, with midfielder Demy de Zeeuw in contention despite a head injury.
Uruguay midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro is close to a return after metatarsal troubles but will not feature.
Ajax ease past Anderlecht
Ajax cruised into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 5-0 aggregate win over Anderlecht in Amsterdam.
Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck had admitted the chances of his side overturning their 3-0 first-leg deficit were "almost nil".
And he was proved absolutely correct as Miralem Sulejmani scored twice in the space of five minutes in the first half to kill the tie.
The visitors actually had the first chance after six minutes when Rocha Kanu fired over the bar from the left side of the penalty area.
Four minutes later Kanu was in the thick of the action again but this time his 20-yard effort was held by Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
And 50 seconds later the home side had swept down the other end to open the scoring as Sulejmani drilled home a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area after collecting Siem De Jong's pass.
That understandably deflated Anderlecht and it was no surprise when Sulejmani collected his second of the night five minutes later.
It was another unerring finish from the striker, this time from 12 yards in front of goal after he latched onto a pass from Mounir El Hamdaoui.
Anderlecht could only hope to limit the damage now but almost fell further behind shortly after when Lorenzo Ebecilio, who had been booked after just three minutes, fired over from close range.
Ebecilio did better with his next attempt on 20 minutes but saw his 12-yard shot blocked by Anderlecht defender Roland Juhasz.
The visitors managed to weather the storm and threatened to pull a goal back in the 33rd minute, but Matias Suarez headed wide from six yards from Jan Lecjaks' cross.
To their credit Anderlecht continued to try to find a way back into the game and Romelu Lukaku had the first chance of the second half when his shot was blocked by Gregory van der Wiel.
However, Ajax were not simply content to sit back and protect their lead and Ebecilio tested Silvio Proto in the Anderlecht goal with an 18-yard drive.
Chances eventually became more scarce as the clock wound down and Ajax could celebrate a comprehensive win in front of a crowd of 42,591.
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