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Elite League Cup 2nd Round

Ajax 2 - 1 Arsenal

Elite League Cup 2nd Round Match, Ajax vs. Arsenal (Wed Jul 31)


                                 Ajax  |  Arsenal
                              4-4-2 P  |  5-4-1 D
                          James Maund  |  Adrian Dalmedo
                                       |
                       E_Van_d_Sar GK  |  GK D_James
                      Alvaro_Rubio DF  |  DF G_Collins
                             Fazio DF  |  DF R_Holding
                      C_Dos_Passos DF  |  DF S_Ramos
                       T_Vermaelen DF  |  DF P_Evra
                          J_Crujff MF  |  DF C_Blewitt
                         I_Muniain MF  |  MF N_Ben_Khalifa
                          P_Vieira MF  |  MF T_Cruise
                     Tomas_Rosicky MF  |  MF S_Matthews
                         G_Puciato FW  |  MF H_Mkhitaryan
                        T_Wallcott FW  |  FW P_Crouch
                                       |
                        G_Langerak SUB |  SUB D_de_Gea
                       S_Kolasinac SUB |  SUB D_Burn
                           M_Keown SUB |  SUB P_Bouba_Diop
                       F_Ljungberg SUB |  SUB D_Murphy
                        D_Bergkamp SUB |  SUB Ricardo

Referee: G_Reddy (Republic_of_Ireland)


Min. 2  :(aja) P_Vieira plays in T_Wallcott with a beautiful ball
          ...  But he loses control of it
          ...  P_Evra belts it clear
Min. 3  :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa swings an elbow
          ...  He caught Tomas_Rosicky full in the face
          ...  He could be off here!
          ...  G_Reddy reaches to his pocket!
          ...  He jots down his name!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  I think he deserved that!
Min. 6  :(arn) P_Evra off the woodwork.
          ...  C_Blewitt picks up the deflection
          ...  I_Muniain with a nasty foul
          ...  G_Reddy called him over for a strong verbal warning
Min. 6  :(arn) S_Matthews kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa gets on the end of the pass
          ...  Alvaro_Rubio intercepts the pass
Min. 8  :(aja) I_Muniain backtracks with the ball
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  T_Wallcott latches onto the end of it
          ...  T_Wallcott with a terrific drive !
          ...  It's going over!
          ...  It dips dramatically!!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Ajax have snatched the lead!
          ...  Ajax 1-0 Arsenal ...
Min. 9  :(aja) Ajax's manager orders his side to play C
Min. 14 :(aja) I_Muniain moves out over to the edge of the pitch
          ...  He plays the ball through to C_Dos_Passos
          ...  But R_Holding puts the ball out of play
Min. 17 :(arn) P_Crouch with a real burst of pace
          ...  He shows the defender a clean set of heals
          ...  G_Puciato rushes in with a poor tackle!!
          ...  That's a foul!!
          ...  He is warned by G_Reddy
          ...  It's just a warning
Min. 23 :(aja) Alvaro_Rubio beats R_Holding
          ...  His quick feet took him past the defender
          ...  P_Evra fouls badly
          ...  That was a deliberate act that deserves punishment
Min. 26 :(aja) Fazio beats G_Collins
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  P_Evra gathers up the loose ball
Min. 26 :(arn) R_Holding runs at the defence
          ...  G_Puciato with an ugly foul
          ...  That looked malicious
          ...  G_Reddy calls him over
          ...  G_Reddy tells him he has had enough warnings
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 26 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa retreats under pressure
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  P_Crouch latches onto the end of it
          ...  P_Crouch goes for goal !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar is stranded!
          ...  He can't get there in time!
          ...  OH! It drifts just past the post
          ...  Great strike!
          ...  Deserved a goal really
Min. 29 :(aja) T_Vermaelen headbutts N_Ben_Khalifa!
          ...  He could be off here!
          ...  The referee reaches to his pocket!
          ...  He jots down his name!
          ...  RED CARD!!
          ...  I think he deserved that!
Min. 30 :(arn) Arsenal will now play P after the order comes from the dugout
Min. 31 :(arn) P_Crouch runs at C_Dos_Passos
          ...  The defender slips and falls over
          ...  C_Dos_Passos moves quickly to get the tackle in this time
Min. 32 :(arn) H_Mkhitaryan runs down the flank
          ...  He plays the ball in to P_Crouch
          ...  P_Crouch with the overhead !
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar tips it over
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  R_Holding chips the ball into the area!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar catches it!
Min. 36 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa heads the ball back to S_Matthews
          ...  S_Matthews looks to see where E_Van_d_Sar is!
          ...  He shoots!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar manages to turn it behind
Min. 37 :(arn) C_Blewitt spits at Alvaro_Rubio
          ...  He could be off here!
          ...  G_Reddy reaches to his pocket!
          ...  He jots down his name!
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  I think he was lucky to escape with a caution!
Min. 43 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 3 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 43 :(arn) T_Cruise moves forward
          ...  A delicate chip from T_Cruise !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar catches the ball
Min. 46 :(aja) Tomas_Rosicky jinks infield
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to G_Puciato
          ...  S_Ramos rushes in with a clumsy tackle!!
          ...  That's a foul!!
          ...  What's G_Reddy going to give?
          ...  He just waves play on!
Min. 47 :(aja) T_Wallcott has space to run with the ball
          ...  But R_Holding will cut out the threat

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Ajax 1-0 Arsenal

Min. 46 :(aja) P_Vieira with a one-touch layoff to J_Crujff
          ...  J_Crujff chases it through, he must score !
          ...  D_James was lucky there
Min. 47 :(arn) H_Mkhitaryan gets to the by line and finds P_Crouch with a beautiful cross
          ...  P_Crouch with a stunning strike !
          ...  It hits the outside of the post
          ...  And spins wide
Min. 48 :(aja) P_Vieira plays in T_Wallcott with a beautiful ball
          ...  T_Wallcott hits the shot with the inside of the left foot!
          ...  D_James is beaten!
          ...  It hits the bar!!
          ...  And goes clear
Min. 50 :(aja) S_Kolasinac is ready to come on to replace Fazio
          ...  Looks like he will play as a DF
Min. 51 :(aja) There's going to be a change
          ...  F_Ljungberg will come on for J_Crujff and play MF
Min. 52 :(aja) D_Bergkamp replaces G_Puciato and will play FW
Min. 56 :(aja) C_Dos_Passos curls the ball out wide to D_Bergkamp
          ...  D_Bergkamp with the spectacular bicycle kick!
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 60 :(aja) F_Ljungberg runs at the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to P_Vieira
          ...  R_Holding plays the back pass
          ...  D_James can't get to it!!
          ...  It goes just wide!!
          ...  Look at the relief on his face!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  I_Muniain plays it into the danger area!
          ...  C_Dos_Passos gets to it!
          ...  It fly's into Row Z!
Min. 62 :(aja) D_Bergkamp is in some pain
          ...  He's receiving some treatment now
          ...  He looks like he will continue
Min. 62 :(arn) S_Matthews takes possession of the ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to P_Crouch
          ...  P_Crouch gets his head to the ball !
          ...  It's gone over
          ...  Well he must have left his shooting boots at home for that one
Min. 63 :(aja) P_Vieira with the nod to S_Kolasinac
          ...  C_Blewitt takes the player out!!
          ...  The ref turns away!!
Min. 63 :(arn) H_Mkhitaryan drives the ball across field
          ...  It comes to P_Crouch
          ...  A powerful shot by P_Crouch !
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar palms it behind
          ...  G_Reddy has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 65 :(arn) D_Murphy will replace the useless C_Blewitt and will play FW
Min. 65 :(aja) F_Ljungberg with an in swinging cross to T_Wallcott
          ...  S_Ramos with the tackle
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  G_Reddy just wants to lecture him
Min. 66 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa cuts the ball back to H_Mkhitaryan
          ...  H_Mkhitaryan aims for the top right corner !
          ...  OOOOOOHHHHHHHH
          ...  It grazes the post and goes wide
Min. 68 :(arn) S_Matthews with an in swinging cross to N_Ben_Khalifa
          ...  An audacious effort from N_Ben_Khalifa !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar falls over
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar is relieved to watch it go out of play!
Min. 69 :(arn) S_Ramos sidesteps C_Dos_Passos
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  But Alvaro_Rubio wins the ball with a sliding challenge
Min. 70 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa hits a hard pass to D_Murphy
          ...  D_Murphy tries to chip the ball over the keeper !
          ...  The shot deflects wide into the crowd!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  H_Mkhitaryan hits it into the box!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar reads it well, and claims it!
Min. 71 :(aja) Tomas_Rosicky with the header on
          ...  He finds T_Wallcott in space
          ...  G_Collins clatters him to the floor and puts the ball out of play
          ...  The linesman is flagging
          ...  Throw in
Min. 75 :(arn) P_Evra finds P_Crouch on the edge of the box
          ...  P_Crouch with the chance !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar saves it
          ...  He got his body behind the ball there
Min. 79 :(arn) D_Murphy with a real burst of pace
          ...  He leaves S_Kolasinac behind
          ...  D_Murphy fires the shot in!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar is wrong footed!
          ...  It drifts just wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  D_Murphy hits it into the box!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar catches it!
Min. 82 :(arn) R_Holding with the kinky dribble
          ...  R_Holding tries the shot !
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  The Arsenal fans go wild!
          ...  What a time to grab an equaliser!!
          ...  Ajax 1-1 Arsenal ...
Min. 83 :(aja) Ajax switch to playing P
Min. 83 :(arn) D_Burn is going to be brought on
          ...  G_Collins is leaving the pitch
          ...  He applauds the crowd
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play DF
Min. 83 :(aja) F_Ljungberg flicks it past D_Burn
          ...  He runs forward
          ...  F_Ljungberg with the spectacular bicycle kick!
          ...  It goes wide!
          ...  He should have hit the target at least!!
Min. 83 :(arn) S_Matthews controls the ball with a deft piece of skill
          ...  He plays the ball out to the left!
          ...  D_Murphy gets onto the end of the pass!
          ...  F_Ljungberg wins the ball!
          ...  But he caught the player also!
          ...  The ref gives nothing!
Min. 83 :(aja) F_Ljungberg plays a first time ball through the defence to D_Bergkamp
          ...  S_Ramos with the dive
          ...  There's no room in the game for that!
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  It is within shooting distance!
          ...  T_Wallcott bends it in
          ...  D_James parries it
          ...  The defender clears it
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 2 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 90 :(arn) P_Evra barges C_Dos_Passos off the ball
          ...  P_Evra hits the ball first time!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar is just going to watch it go over!
          ...  It dips dramatically!!
          ...  But goes just over !!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar looks very relieved!
Min. 91 :(aja) P_Vieira knocks the ball past the lunge of R_Holding
          ...  Cleaned up by S_Ramos
Min. 92 :(aja) F_Ljungberg with a one-touch layoff to D_Bergkamp
          ...  D_Bergkamp with the drive!
          ...  He has put it wide!
          ...  He looks horrified by that miss!
          ...  He puts his face in his hands!

*************  EXTRA TIME  ****************

Min. 92 :(arn) S_Matthews brings the ball under control
          ...  He sees a team mate in space!
          ...  He plays the ball in to him!
          ...  D_Murphy gets on the end of the pass
          ...  Blocked by S_Kolasinac
Min. 96 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa fires over a low cross to D_Burn
          ...  D_Burn could have let it bounce!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar is wrong footed!
          ...  It drifts just wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  S_Matthews crosses it in!
          ...  Alvaro_Rubio reads it well and clears the danger
Min. 101:(arn) P_Crouch runs at the defence
          ...  P_Crouch tries to chip the ball over E_Van_d_Sar!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar with a fantastic point blank save
          ...  When he's on his game he's one of the best in the league
Min. 102:(arn) H_Mkhitaryan finds P_Crouch with a ball over the defence
          ...  P_Crouch with the deft touch!
          ...  He hits the ball towards goal!
          ...  But he's put it wide
          ...  How did he manage to miss that one?!?!?
Min. 103:(REF) The 4th official signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on

*************  HALF TIME  ****************

Min. 107:(arn) S_Matthews looks for options
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to T_Cruise
          ...  T_Cruise with a blistering shot !
          ...  What agility from E_Van_d_Sar
Min. 108:(arn) D_Murphy takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  It's a lucky break
          ...  D_Murphy with a thundering drive!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar is just going to watch it go over!
          ...  It dips dramatically!!
          ...  And E_Van_d_Sar reacts well to palm it behind!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  T_Cruise curls it into the box!
          ...  S_Ramos loses his marker
          ...  He gets his head onto it!
          ...  It floats over E_Van_d_Sar
          ...  Its heading goal ward!
          ...  But floats just over
          ...  That was a great effort
Min. 109:(arn) S_Matthews kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He swings the ball in
          ...  P_Crouch gets on the end of the pass
          ...  He is in space!
          ...  Alvaro_Rubio reads the situation well and wins the ball
Min. 110:(arn) S_Matthews runs at the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to D_Murphy
          ...  D_Murphy leaps into the air to perform a scissors kick!!!
          ...  The shot takes a wicked deflection
          ...  Wide !!
          ...  That was fortunate
Min. 111:(aja) F_Ljungberg is first to the loose ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to D_Bergkamp
          ...  D_Bergkamp drives the ball low !
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Runs off and slides on his knees!!
          ...  The fans go wild!
          ...  That must have sealed it!!
          ...  Ajax 2-1 Arsenal ...
Min. 111:(aja) Ajax will now play C after the order comes from the dugout
Min. 113:(arn) P_Crouch holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  His team mate makes an overlapping run now!
          ...  He knocks a through ball to D_Burn
          ...  D_Burn hits a curling shot!
          ...  The ball moves through the air!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar moves quickly!
          ...  Can he get to this?
          ...  It's beaten him!
          ...  But it thumps the post!!
          ...  And goes out!
Min. 116:(arn) P_Evra with a probing through ball P_Crouch
          ...  S_Kolasinac makes the challenge and clears the ball
Min. 117:(aja) T_Wallcott beats his marker
          ...  It looked like he pushed his marker
          ...  "Play On!" Waves G_Reddy
          ...  T_Wallcott rifles it to the far post !
          ...  But D_James reaches the ball. Good save
Min. 118:(REF) The 4th official signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 118:(aja) T_Wallcott has the ball on the wing
          ...  He knocks the ball past R_Holding!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  But D_Burn sweeps up the threat

*************  FULL TIME  ****************


Match Details
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Venue                : Johan Cruijff Arena
Attendance           : 150,000
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Ajax Match Info
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Best player          : F_Ljungberg
Scorers              : T_Wallcott (8), D_Bergkamp (111)
Sent Off             : T_Vermaelen (29)
Booked               : G_Puciato (26)
Injured              : N/A
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Arsenal Match Info
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Best player          : S_Matthews (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : R_Holding (82)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : N_Ben_Khalifa (3), C_Blewitt (37)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                               Ajax       |     Arsenal
Attempts on Goal     :          10        |       22
Off target           :           5        |       12
On target            :           5        |       10
Possession           :          37        |       63
Corners              :           1        |       5
Red Cards            :           1        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       2
Subs Used            :           3        |       2
Fouls                :          15        |       14
Key Tackles          :           7        |       10
Key Passes           :          13        |       22
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Final Score          : Ajax 2 - 1 Arsenal
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Player Statistics - Ajax
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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E_Van_d_Sar    GK  39   5   5   7  14 | 124  12   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  70   0   0   0
Alvaro_Rubio   DF   2  30   9  10  36 | 124   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  80   0   0
Fazio          DF   2  30   8  10  41 |  53   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
C_Dos_Passos   DF   1  28  11   5  22 | 124   0   1   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  20  10   1
T_Vermaelen    DF   2  27   8   6  31 |  29   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0 -10 -10 -10
J_Crujff       MF   2   6  31  11  28 |  54   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
I_Muniain      MF   1  11  29   8  24 | 124   0   0   2   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0
P_Vieira       MF   1   7  29   9  20 | 124   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0
Tomas_Rosicky  MF   3   7  28   7  32 | 124   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0
G_Puciato      FW   2   9   9  29  42 |  55   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  -2  -2  -2
T_Wallcott     FW   3   8  11  28  21 | 124   0   0   0   0   4   1   0   0   0  20  20  76
G_Langerak     GK  27   2   2   6  23 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Kolasinac    DF   2  30  11   9  11 |  71   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
M_Keown        DF   3  28  12   7  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
F_Ljungberg    MF   3   7  29  11  12 |  70   0   1   4   1   1   0   0   0   0  20  60   1
D_Bergkamp     FW   1   8   7  30  21 |  69   0   0   0   0   3   1   0   0   0   0   0  37

Player Statistics - Arsenal
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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D_James        GK  36   2   2   3  26 | 124   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  -5   0   0   0
G_Collins      DF   2  30  10   7  19 |  86   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
R_Holding      DF   1  30   8   6  22 | 124   0   3   0   0   1   1   0   0   0  60   0  35
S_Ramos        DF   2  29   7   7  40 | 124   0   2   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  40   0   1
P_Evra         DF   3  28  12  10  21 | 124   0   2   3   0   1   0   0   0   0  40  30   1
C_Blewitt      DF   3  28   7   6  22 |  68   0   1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  18  -2  -2
N_Ben_Khalifa  MF   1  12  29  12  25 | 124   0   0   6   0   1   0   1   0   0  -2  58   8
T_Cruise       MF   2  10  29   9  39 | 124   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  20
S_Matthews     MF   3   8  28   7  32 | 124   0   0   8   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  80  10
H_Mkhitaryan   MF   3   9  25  12  29 | 124   0   0   4   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  40   1
P_Crouch       FW   1   6  12  28  21 | 124   0   0   1   0   8   0   0   0   0 -20 -10  24
D_de_Gea       GK  29   2   3   3  38 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
D_Burn         DF   2  27   9  11  21 |  38   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -18
P_Bouba_Diop   MF   2   7  28  10  12 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
D_Murphy       FW   2  11   8  28  37 |  56   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0  13
Ricardo        FW   1   7   9  25  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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