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Effort from inside the area by Morais Welliton bounces off the post.
The referee penalises Barreto Ibson for handball. Siem De Jong shoots direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eyong Enoh on Pereira Rafael Carioca. Free kick taken by Alexander Shyeshukov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ferreira Ari by Lorenzo Ebecilio. Alexander Shyeshukov takes the free kick.
Foul by Morais Welliton on Toby Alderweireld, free kick awarded. Artem Dzjuba on for Meschini Alex. Jeroen Verhoeven restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Alexander Shyeshukov for handball. Free kick taken by Lorenzo Ebecilio.
Siem De Jong takes a shot. Save made by Andrei Dikan. Corner taken by Aras Ozbiliz from the right by-line played to the near post, Marcos Rojo makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eyong Enoh by Marcos Rojo. Marcos Rojo goes into the book. Aras Ozbiliz has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Andrei Dikan. Aras Ozbiliz decides to take a short corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eyong Enoh on Dmitri Kombarov. Eyong Enoh is shown a yellow card. Alexander Shyeshukov takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lorenzo Ebecilio.
Lorenzo Ebecilio sends in a cross, Dario Cvitanich takes a shot. Andrei Dikan makes a brilliant save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aras Ozbiliz played to the near post.
The offside flag is raised against Lorenzo Ebecilio. Indirect free kick taken by Andrei Dikan.
Shot by Aras Ozbiliz.
Vurnon Anita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ferreira Ari. Alexander Shyeshukov takes the free kick.
Lorenzo Ebecilio concedes a free kick for a foul on Yevgeni Makeev. Alexander Shyeshukov takes the free kick.
Dario Cvitanich has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot on goal by Meschini Alex from just inside the area clears the crossbar. Ferreira Ari joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aiden McGeady.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jan Vertonghen on Meschini Alex. Direct free kick taken by Kirill Kombarov.
Eyong Enoh challenges Meschini Alex unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexander Shyeshukov.
Dario Cvitanich comes on in place of Christian Eriksen.
Christian Eriksen takes a shot. Andrei Dikan makes a brilliant save.
Pereira Rafael Carioca fouled by Lorenzo Ebecilio, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kirill Kombarov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen by Morais Welliton. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.
Christian Eriksen takes a shot.
The ball is delivered by Meschini Alex, Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.
Barreto Ibson fouled by Lorenzo Ebecilio, the ref awards a free kick. Alexander Shyeshukov restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Lorenzo Ebecilio, Alexander Shyeshukov makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morais Welliton by Jan Vertonghen. Meschini Alex hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Spartak Moscow 3 (4)-(0) 0 Ajax.
Toby Alderweireld challenges Morais Welliton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pereira Rafael Carioca.
Lorenzo Ebecilio delivers the ball, Andrei Dikan makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eyong Enoh on Aiden McGeady. Free kick taken by Barreto Ibson.
Lorenzo Ebecilio delivers the ball.
The ball is sent over by Kirill Kombarov, save by Jeroen Verhoeven.
Daley Blind leaves the field to be replaced by Eyong Enoh. Miralem Sulejmani goes off and Aras Ozbiliz comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miralem Sulejmani by Yevgeni Makeev. Gregory Van Der Wiel takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Morais Welliton. Jan Vertonghen takes the free kick.
Meschini Alex takes a shot. Jeroen Verhoeven makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Meschini Alex, Gregory Van Der Wiel manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Aiden McGeady, Jeroen Verhoeven makes a save.
Corner taken by Miralem Sulejmani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alexander Shyeshukov.
Corner taken by Christian Eriksen, save by Andrei Dikan.
Morais Welliton scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Spartak Moscow 2 (3)-(0) 0 Ajax.Dmitri Kombarov provided the assist for the goal.
The referee penalises Morais Welliton for handball. Toby Alderweireld takes the indirect free kick.
Demy De Zeeuw challenges Barreto Ibson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrei Dikan takes the free kick.
Demy De Zeeuw is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alexander Shyeshukov.
Meschini Alex is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Toby Alderweireld.
The ball is crossed by Dmitri Kombarov.
Effort on goal by Christian Eriksen from long range goes over the bar.
Morais Welliton produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Dmitri Kombarov grabs a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Spartak Moscow 1 (2)-(0) 0 Ajax.The assist for the goal came from Meschini Alex.
The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Daley Blind.
Centre by Aiden McGeady, save by Jeroen Verhoeven.
Kirill Kombarov fouled by Lorenzo Ebecilio, the ref awards a free kick. Alexander Shyeshukov takes the free kick.
Vurnon Anita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Meschini Alex. Free kick taken by Marcos Rojo.
Demy De Zeeuw fouled by Dmitri Kombarov, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Jan Vertonghen from the free kick.
Lorenzo Ebecilio takes a shot. Save by Andrei Dikan.
Shot by Dmitri Kombarov from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Yevgeni Makeev has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady, save by Jeroen Verhoeven.
Inswinging corner taken by Meschini Alex from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Lorenzo Ebecilio.
The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, clearance made by Toby Alderweireld.
Dmitri Kombarov produces a cross, clearance made by Toby Alderweireld.
Yevgeni Makeev takes a shot. Save by Jeroen Verhoeven. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Meschini Alex, save by Jeroen Verhoeven.
The ball is crossed by Yevgeni Makeev.
Karpin: Spartak are not fragile
Spartak Moscow boss Valery Karpin has denied his side are lacking mental strength ahead of their Europa League last-16 second leg match with Ajax.
The Russian club have not won at home in their last three European fixtures but take a precious away goal into the clash with the former Dutch and European champions.
Karpin rejected criticism that his players are lacking mental toughness and believes their experience will help to give them the edge over the four-time European Champions.
"A player's mentality is strengthened primarily through experience," he said at the pre-match press conference.
"None of the teams I played with had a psychologist.
"How does it work? Today I work with him and go out and play. But tomorrow, if he falls ill, suddenly I can't play? It's an imaginary problem.
"This Spartak team need not be nervous against a team like Ajax - they are younger than us."
And former Russia coach Karpin dismissed claims his team are fragile at the set-piece.
He said: "We work on set-pieces a lot, but our plans do not always come to reality.
"It's easy to do it in training, when your pulse rate is 120-140. In the 80th minute of an intense match, when you're pulse is over 200, that's hard."
However, Ajax boss Frank de Boer says he has spotted several weaknesses in the Spartak team which he will be looking to exploit on Thursday.
"I have watched the first game against Spartak and seen enough clues," he told Voetbal International.
"I sometimes say jokingly an opponent should feel pressured from left and right and from top to bottom. Then they naturally make mistakes."
Brazilian midfielder Alex gave Spartak a slender lead in the first leg with a well-placed shot in the 57th minute.
Now, the goalscorer is expecting another tough match but believes his side can progress to the last eight.
"If we approach the game with the right attitude we can get past Ajax," he said. "Our team is at the highest level - everything depends not on who is in the starting line-up, but on our mood."
Spartak cruise into last eight
Spartak Moscow eased into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a dominant performance against Ajax as they triumphed 3-0.
Holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg, goals from Dmitri Kombarov, Welliton and Alex completed a resounding aggregate win to take the Russian club through to the draw in Nyon.
Ajax goalkeeper Jeroen Verhoeven looked to be in for a busy night from the opening minutes when he had to get down low to parry a strike from Yevgeni Makeev.
The Spartak midfielder tried his luck again with seven minutes gone but this time sent a strike from distance past the right post.
Kombarov also fired wide three minutes later before Ajax carved out their first chance, a testing drive from Lorenzo Ebecilio which home goalkeeper Andrei Dikan did well to hold onto.
The visitors were trailing after 21 minutes, though. Alex began the move with a ball into the area which Kombarov struck low into the net from 12 yards out.
Ajax were almost level three minutes later with Christian Eriksen hitting a superb strike from 30 yards which just dipped over the crossbar.
But Spartak were further in front on the half-hour thanks to Welliton, who picked up a pass from Kombarov before tucking the ball into the bottom right corner.
The match was beginning to run away from Ajax, and they had Verhoeven to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable at the interval with two good saves to deny Aiden McGeady and Alex.
A moment of skill produced Spartak's third goal nine minutes after the restart.
Jan Vertonghen's foul on Welliton resulted in a free-kick and Alex obliged with a beautiful left-footed strike from 30 yards which flew over the wall and into the top left corner, despite the best efforts of Verhoeven to keep it out.
The tie was quickly slipping away from Ajax, but Eriksen should have added his name to the scoresheet five minutes later with a right-footed strike which clattered the crossbar.
Aras Ozbiliz also struck the woodwork after 72 minutes, while Dario Cvitanich was thwarted by an agile save from Dikan as luck continued to elude the Amsterdam club.
Dikan continued to have his say as the clock ticked down, tipping away further efforts from Ozbiliz and Siem de Jong.
Spartak had the final chance of the match in stoppage time through Welliton, but the Brazilian's chipped shot over Verhoeven came back off the right post.
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