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Free kick awarded for a foul by Artem Dzjuba on Gregory Van Der Wiel. Toby Alderweireld restarts play with the free kick.
Pavel Yakovlev joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aiden McGeady.
Corner taken right-footed by Miralem Sulejmani from the right by-line, save made by Andrei Dikan.
Daley Blind fouled by Aiden McGeady, the ref awards a free kick. Christian Eriksen has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Andrei Dikan makes a save.
Vurnon Anita fouled by Alexander Shyeshukov, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kirill Kombarov on Miralem Sulejmani. Jan Vertonghen takes the free kick.
Drilled shot by Lorenzo Ebecilio went over the bar. (Spartak Moscow) makes a substitution, with Alexander Shyeshukov coming on for Pereira Rafael Carioca. Aras Ozbiliz is brought on as a substitute for Lorenzo Ebecilio.
Miralem Sulejmani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Save made by Andrei Dikan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Meschini Alex by Eyong Enoh. Direct free kick taken by Meschini Alex.
Foul by Lorenzo Ebecilio on Meschini Alex, free kick awarded. Meschini Alex takes the direct free kick.
Yevgeni Makeev gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eyong Enoh. Jan Vertonghen takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pereira Rafael Carioca by Christian Eriksen. Christian Eriksen goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Marcos Rojo takes the free kick.
Marcos Rojo concedes a free kick for a foul on Siem De Jong. Marcos Rojo is given a yellow card. Shot comes in from Miralem Sulejmani from the free kick, save by Andrei Dikan.
The ball is crossed by Kirill Kombarov.
Corner from right by-line taken by Miralem Sulejmani. Eyong Enoh replaces Demy De Zeeuw.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Andrei Dikan makes a save.
Jan Vertonghen challenges Dmitri Kombarov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Meschini Alex takes the free kick.
Daley Blind has a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line, Meschini Alex makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen by Morais Welliton results in a free kick. The referee shows Morais Welliton a yellow card. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Demy De Zeeuw.
Foul by Kirill Kombarov on Lorenzo Ebecilio, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Christian Eriksen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dmitri Kombarov on Toby Alderweireld. Direct free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
Demy De Zeeuw challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kirill Kombarov restarts play with the free kick.
Siem De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Marek Suchy. Free kick taken by Andrei Dikan.
The ball is crossed by Miralem Sulejmani, Effort from the edge of the area by Siem De Jong goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Lorenzo Ebecilio crosses the ball, Marcos Rojo gets a block in.
Corner taken by Miralem Sulejmani from the right by-line, Siem De Jong has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.
Morais Welliton is caught offside. Jan Vertonghen takes the indirect free kick.
Morais Welliton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Barreto Ibson.
Goal scored by Meschini Alex from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Ajax 0-1 Spartak Moscow.
Corner taken right-footed by Miralem Sulejmani, Pereira Rafael Carioca makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Toby Alderweireld, Marek Suchy manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Lorenzo Ebecilio, Demy De Zeeuw takes a shot. Save made by Andrei Dikan.
Shot from 25 yards from Meschini Alex. Save made by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Meschini Alex gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita. Vurnon Anita takes the free kick.
Foul by Jan Vertonghen on Meschini Alex, free kick awarded. Jan Vertonghen goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Meschini Alex.
The offside flag is raised against Dmitri Kombarov. Direct free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Pereira Rafael Carioca fouled by Vurnon Anita, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pereira Rafael Carioca.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Demy De Zeeuw on Dmitri Kombarov. Pereira Rafael Carioca takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line, Close range header by Siem De Jong misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Miralem Sulejmani, Siem De Jong takes a shot. Save by Andrei Dikan.
Foul by Marek Suchy on Siem De Jong, free kick awarded. The referee shows Marek Suchy a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Miralem Sulejmani from the free kick.
Artem Dzjuba is penalised for a handball. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
Miralem Sulejmani takes the inswinging corner, Marcos Rojo manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Barreto Ibson on Christian Eriksen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daley Blind.
Demy De Zeeuw takes a shot from 18 yards. Marek Suchy manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Marek Suchy on Lorenzo Ebecilio, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Demy De Zeeuw.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Christian Eriksen.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Marek Suchy gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Christian Eriksen by Marek Suchy results in a free kick. Jan Vertonghen produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yevgeni Makeev by Miralem Sulejmani. Andrei Dikan restarts play with the free kick.
Christian Eriksen takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save by Andrei Dikan.
Lorenzo Ebecilio has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Centre by Aiden McGeady.
Shot from 25 yards by Demy De Zeeuw. Save by Andrei Dikan.
Miralem Sulejmani takes a shot. Yevgeni Makeev gets a block in.
Miralem Sulejmani delivers the ball, Andrei Dikan makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Aiden McGeady. Indirect free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Gregory Van Der Wiel sends in a cross, clearance by Marek Suchy.
Inswinging corner taken by Miralem Sulejmani.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Save by Andrei Dikan.
The official flags Miralem Sulejmani offside. Andrei Dikan restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Christian Eriksen, save by Andrei Dikan.
Yevgeni Makeev takes a shot. Maarten Stekelenburg makes a save.
Daley Blind crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Siem De Jong from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is delivered by Miralem Sulejmani, clearance by Yevgeni Makeev.
Siem De Jong takes a shot. Save by Andrei Dikan.
De Boer urges patience
Ajax coach Frank de Boer has called for patience from his side ahead of their Europa League clash with Spartak Moscow.
De Boer believes his side's pressing style is the right way to approach the last-16 clash, the only one between two teams who dropped out of this season's Champions League group stage.
But he also urged caution and cited Barcelona's Champions League victory over Arsenal last night as the perfect example.
"It is a performance by the whole team," he said. "Defending starts up front. The opponents should all feel pressure when we lose possession.
"It is also important to ease off at the right moments. You do that, strange as it may sound, especially with the ball.
"Then you can look around the ball and players catch their breath before you begin a new attack.
"Barcelona demonstrate it perfectly, but sometimes we want to progress too quickly. That does not help our game."
Forward Mounir El Hamdaoui will miss both legs of the tie through suspension, but De Boer is hopeful that the team can again cope without him following their impressive 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar at the weekend.
"We saw last Sunday against AZ that it has no influence," he said. "Hopefully it will be that way again Thursday against Spartak."
Captain Maarten Stekelenburg has recovered from a groin problem to take his place in goal, while Vurnon Anita is also likely to start.
Spartak are missing Argentina defender Nicolas Pareja due to a metatarsal injury suffered on international duty.
But they will be able to call on Brazilian striker Ari, who twice scored against Ajax during his time in the Eredivisie with AZ.
Spartak assistant coach Andrei Tikhonov - who, along with De Boer and his assistant Danny Blind, featured as a player the last time the two sides met in the UEFA Cup quarter-final in 1998 - said: "I think we have an even chance.
"We are better than we showed against Basel [in the previous round]. We have less injured players, Welliton and Ibson are back from suspension and we have now also played several competitive matches.
"An away goal is precious, so I'm sure that the Dutch side will defend with great care. Since De Boer took over they have been very organised, especially in defence."
Alex strike enough for Spartak
Alex's second-half strike secured Spartak Moscow an undeserved 1-0 victory over Ajax in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The Brazilian notched the game's only goal 12 minutes after the interval to stun the hosts, who who had bossed proceedings in terms of possession.
Frank de Boer's side huffed and puffed in search of the equaliser they more than merited but were unable to find a way past Spartak goalkeeper Andrei Dikan despite a corner count of 13 to zero.
Dikan was called into his first action as early as the first minute, saving low at his near post from Siem de Jong's snap-shot, while teenage winger Lorenzo Ebecilio saw an effort blocked by Kirill Kombarov in the sixth minute and De Jong glanced a header over the bar soon after.
Another blast from the lively Ebecilio in the 12th minute, after cutting in from the left, needed tipping over the bar by Dikan, and the visiting stopper was then out quickly to smother at the feet of Demy De Zeeuw following Miralem Sulejmani's ball over the top.
De Zeeuw mustered a couple more sights of goal for himself but could find no way past Dikan, his first attempt kept out by the goalkeeper and he failed to make proper contact with the second when well placed.
Republic of Ireland forward Aiden McGeady caused the first minor worry for the Ajax defence in the 36th minute, his cross causing momentary panic in the box before goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg cleared.
Back at the other end, Sulejmani curled a 20-yard free-kick just wide with his left foot two minutes later and then swung in a corner from which Dikan kept out a powerful De Jong header as Ajax continued their fruitless pursuit of a first-half opener.
The pattern of the game remained the same for the opening 10 minutes of the second period, De Zeeuw launching himself to connect with Ebecilio's floated ball into the box only to head straight at Dikan.
Then, in the 57th minute, the visitors nicked what could prove a vital away goal against the run of play.
Alex got the better of a tussle with Daley Blind on the corner of the box before curling a left-footed shot past Stekelenburg to stun the home crowd.
De Jong had two decent opportunities to equalise within eight minutes, but failed to work the keeper. He first directed an effort wide from Sulejmani's corner - seemingly off his shoulder - and then shinned another attempt wide.
Ebecilio tried his luck from distance only to see Dikan keep it out with a strong left arm, with De Jong just unable to get to the rebound.
Spartak were at last offering something themselves going forward, and Stekelenburg had to be alert to prevent Kombarov's vicious low cross from sneaking in.
But Dikan remained the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Ebecilio made room for a left-footed shot in the 83rd minute which the Spartak stopper did well to beat away for a corner, and he then pulled off an even better save in stoppage time - flying to his left to tip Christian Eriksen's curling shot out for a corner which came to nothing.
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