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Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Miralem Sulejmani from the right by-line, Stephane Grichting manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mounir El Hamdaoui by Stephane Grichting. Christian Eriksen takes the free kick.
Jan Vertonghen is booked. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gregory Van Der Wiel on Benoit Pedretti. Dariusz Dudka takes the free kick.
Luis Suarez goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Frederic Sammaritano leaves the field to be replaced by Jeremy Berthod. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Delvin Ndinga by Luis Suarez. Dariusz Dudka restarts play with the free kick.
Assist on the goal came from Kamel Chafni.
Steven Langil fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Auxerre 2-1 Ajax.
Christian Eriksen comes on in place of Demy De Zeeuw.
Outswinging corner taken by Valter Birsa from the left by-line, Luis Suarez makes a clearance.
Valter Birsa takes a shot. Blocked by Demy De Zeeuw.
Roy Contout goes off and Kamel Chafni comes on.
Toby Alderweireld scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Auxerre 1-1 Ajax.Luis Suarez provided the assist for the goal.
Short corner taken by Luis Suarez from the left by-line.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Adama Coulibaly manages to make a clearance.
Rasmus Lindgren takes a shot. Cedric Hengbart makes a clearance.
Miralem Sulejmani takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Frederic Sammaritano makes a clearance.
Siem De Jong takes a shot. Blocked by Dariusz Dudka.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Langil. Free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adama Coulibaly on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Olivier Sorin.
Mounir El Hamdaoui takes a shot. Olivier Sorin makes a save.
Mounir El Hamdaoui takes a shot. Save by Olivier Sorin.
Effort from the edge of the box by Demy De Zeeuw goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Handball by Luis Suarez. Dariusz Dudka restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Langil joins the action as a substitute, replacing Julien Quercia.
Effort from deep inside the area by Luis Suarez misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Miralem Sulejmani, Dariusz Dudka manages to make a clearance.
Vurnon Anita goes off and Miralem Sulejmani comes on.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Olivier Sorin.
Siem De Jong produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Benoit Pedretti from the right by-line, Shot on goal by Adama Coulibaly from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Roy Contout takes a shot. Jan Vertonghen gets a block in.
Luis Suarez decides to take a short corner.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez, clearance by Delvin Ndinga.
Frederic Sammaritano fouled by Gregory Van Der Wiel, the ref awards a free kick. Dariusz Dudka takes the direct free kick.
Header by Valter Birsa from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Cedric Hengbart takes a shot. Maarten Stekelenburg makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Benoit Pedretti from the right by-line, Mounir El Hamdaoui makes a clearance.
Siem De Jong on for Eyong Enoh.
Unfair challenge on Urby Emanuelson by Benoit Pedretti results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Demy De Zeeuw, save by Olivier Sorin.
Foul by Frederic Sammaritano on Eyong Enoh, free kick awarded. Toby Alderweireld takes the free kick.
Valter Birsa takes a shot. Blocked by Vurnon Anita.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eyong Enoh on Benoit Pedretti. The ball is crossed by Benoit Pedretti, Valter Birsa takes a shot. Maarten Stekelenburg makes a save.
Corner taken by Benoit Pedretti, clearance by Jan Vertonghen.
Effort from the edge of the box by Luis Suarez goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Frederic Sammaritano has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Booking for Gregory Van Der Wiel. Gregory Van Der Wiel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valter Birsa. Valter Birsa takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Benoit Pedretti, save by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Jan Vertonghen challenges Julien Quercia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Pedretti.
Julien Quercia produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Eyong Enoh takes a shot. Blocked by Dariusz Dudka.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the left by-line, clearance made by Roy Contout.
Rasmus Lindgren takes a shot. Blocked by Stephane Grichting.
Demy De Zeeuw takes a shot. Stephane Grichting gets a block in.
Valter Birsa has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Gregory Van Der Wiel concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Sammaritano. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Benoit Pedretti from left wing, clearance by Luis Suarez.
Valter Birsa has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.
Handball decision goes against Roy Contout. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Vurnon Anita on Cedric Hengbart, free kick awarded. Olivier Sorin takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Julien Quercia. Free kick taken by Toby Alderweireld.
Handball by Julien Quercia. Toby Alderweireld restarts play with the free kick.
Jan Vertonghen concedes a free kick for a foul on Julien Quercia. Free kick taken by Benoit Pedretti.
Luis Suarez fouled by Dariusz Dudka, the ref awards a free kick. Gregory Van Der Wiel restarts play with the free kick.
Demy De Zeeuw produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The assist for the goal came from Julien Quercia.
Frederic Sammaritano scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Auxerre 1-0 Ajax.
Shot from just outside the box by Urby Emanuelson goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez played to the near post.
Luis Suarez takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Adama Coulibaly.
The match begins.
The referee blows for half time.
The second half kicks off.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Ajax look to gain upper hand over Milan
Ajax go into Wednesday's Champions League Group G clash with Auxerre at the Stade Abbe-Deschamps hoping to steal a march on AC Milan in the race to qualify along with Real Madrid.
The Rossoneri are level with Ajax on four points, both five adrift of leaders Madrid, and Ajax know that if results go their way they could stand second by the end of the night.
The Amsterdam club have a well-placed mole in their ranks ahead of the game too, with midfielder Teemu Tainio having spent eight years with Auxerre before moving to England with Tottenham, Birmingham and Sunderland and then on to Ajax.
"Auxerre are very strong, especially in home games," the 30-year-old said.
"I spent seven-and-a-half years with them and this is the first time I will meet them as an opponent. Furthermore, this is a Champions League game. That makes it doubly special."
Ajax are known worldwide for their ability to develop young players, and Finland international Tainio believes Auxerre deserve credit for their academy too, having witnessed the work they do at close quarters.
"They are the little brother of Ajax," he added. "They put energy into the development of young players they then might sell."
Experienced Ajax striker Mido will miss the clash so Florian Jozefzoon comes into the squad.
Demy de Zeeuw (leg) missed the 4-1 win against Heracles at the weekend and is a fitness concern, while Oleguer has not played since breaking his nose against Auxerre two weeks ago.
Nicolas Lodeiro and Kenneth Vermeer are long-term injury casualties and defender Andre Ooijer is suspended.
Auxerre have yet to win a game in this season's competition and are rooted to the foot of the group without a point to their name.
They have only scored one goal so far too, with Valter Birsa netting a free-kick in the 2-1 defeat to Ajax last time out in Europe.
Dennis Oliech and Jean-Pascal Mignot were both sent off in that defeat and will miss out through suspension, while Anthony Le Tallec (ankle), Steeven Langil (ankle) and Ireneusz Jelen (knee) are injured.
Langil clinches crucial triumph for Auxerre
Auxerre stole a march in the race to progress from Champions League Group G as Steven Langil's strike seven minutes from time gave them an important 2-1 victory over Ajax.
With AC Milan conceding an injury-time equaliser to Real Madrid, Auxerre move into second place with the win.
Having led almost all night thanks to Frederic Sammaritano's ninth-minute strike, they suffered a late scare when Toby Alderweireld levelled with 11 minutes left, but Langil stepped in to snatch the win.
It was a game with plenty of chances for both teams but quality finishing was rare on the night.
Urby Emanuelson had sent an early sighter over for the visitors before Sammaritano scored with Auxerre's first chance of the game.
He latched onto Julien Quercia's pass to beat Maarten Stekelenburg with a shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
Demy De Zeeuw could have responded immediately for Ajax, but missed the target from close range.
The chances came thick and fast at both ends, with Valter Birsa heading wide and then sending a 25-yarder left of the target.
At the other end, both De Zeeuw and Rasmus Lindgren tried their luck from long range, but their efforts were blocked.
Quercia headed over for Auxerre as the finishing let both sides down, leaving the goalkeepers little to do other than take goal kicks.
Hot-shot Luis Suarez could do not better, firing wide with his first chance in the 39th minute.
Stekelenburg did not make his first save until five minutes before the break when Birsa headed on target from Benoit Pedretti's free-kick.
The goalkeeper was called on again early in the second half, but easily held Cedric Hengbart's long-range shot.
Adama Coulilaby had a good chance to double Auxerre's lead 10 minutes into the second half, but headed over from close range after meeting Pedretti's cross.
Olivier Sorin had had little to do but showed he was still alert as he got down to parry away Suarez's shot on the hour mark.
But Ajax were still sending most of their chances wide, with Suarez, De Zeeuw and Mounir El Hamdaoui all wasteful in front of goal.
However, they finally found an equaliser in the 80th minute, with Alderweireld meeting Suarez's cross from the left to head home.
They were level for just four minutes before Langil finished from close range, earning Auxerre the points.
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