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Elite League, Week 3

Ajax 3 - 0 Benfica

Elite League Match, Ajax vs. Benfica (Mon Oct 23)


                                 Ajax  |  Benfica
                              4-4-2 N  |  4-4-2 A
                          James Maund  |  Steven Theobald
                                       |
                       E_Van_d_Sar GK  |  GK F_Foster
                      C_dos_Passos DF  |  DF C_Thomson
                         V_Kompany DF  |  DF Yann_M_Vila
                       S_Kolasinac DF  |  DF R_Tomassi
                       T_Vermaelen DF  |  DF S_Mannaerts
                       R_Pletikosa MF  |  MF Zheng_Zhi
                          J_Crujff MF  |  MF J_Plasil
                     Oscar_Serrano MF  |  MF P_Do_Shaw
                        M_Overmars MF  |  MF J_Bolm
                        Ian_Wright FW  |  FW Stefano
                        D_Bergkamp FW  |  FW Nathan_Dyer
                                       |
                        G_Langerak SUB |  SUB Z_Alomerovic
                      Alvaro_Rubio SUB |  SUB T_Adams
                           M_Keown SUB |  SUB J_Wilshere
                          S_Marlet SUB |  SUB S_Nakamoto
                        A_Arshavin SUB |  SUB A_Bagsy

Referee: C_Cakir (Turkey)


Min. 1  :(aja) M_Overmars can't find space for the shot
          ...  He slips it through to D_Bergkamp
          ...  D_Bergkamp hits it
          ...  This one could go anywhere !
          ...  F_Foster with a fantastic save
          ...  His captain pats him on the back for that one
Min. 1  :(aja) J_Crujff holds the ball up
          ...  He sees S_Kolasinac in space!
          ...  R_Tomassi bundles the player over!!
          ...  That's a foul!!
          ...  He is warned by C_Cakir
          ...  It's just a warning
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  They are lining up to take this one!
          ...  Ian_Wright fires it towards the goal
          ...  F_Foster saves it
          ...  Good goalkeeping
Min. 2  :(aja) Ian_Wright runs at J_Plasil
          ...  He takes it past him
          ...  Yann_M_Vila with an awful challenge
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 3  :(aja) J_Crujff turns well with ball
          ...  He has some space now
          ...  J_Crujff with the overhead !
          ...  F_Foster with a fantastic save
          ...  His captain pats him on the back for that one
Min. 3  :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  He knocks the ball across to Stefano
          ...  T_Vermaelen with an over the top challenge
          ...  It's a yellow, and rightly so
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 3  :(bfa) S_Mannaerts has the ball on the wing
          ...  He takes it past T_Vermaelen
          ...  He knocks it to Nathan_Dyer!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer hits the shot with the outside of the right foot!
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar punches it away
          ...  He took a knock there
          ...  His manager is looking on anxiously
          ...  He's ok to carry on
Min. 4  :(aja) Ian_Wright barges S_Mannaerts off the ball
          ...  S_Mannaerts reacts well to win the ball back
Min. 5  :(bfa) J_Bolm pushes it past C_dos_Passos
          ...  J_Bolm smashed the ball towards the bottom corner!
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar tips it behind
          ...  C_Cakir has given a goal kick
          ...  Unbelievable !
Min. 6  :(aja) M_Overmars with a probing pass to J_Crujff
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge from Nathan_Dyer
          ...  It goes out of play
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  V_Kompany chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  F_Foster jumps well to claim it!
Min. 9  :(aja) R_Pletikosa threads the through ball to D_Bergkamp
          ...  A thundering drive by D_Bergkamp !
          ...  He couldn't have hit that shot much better!!
          ...  But it thumps off the woodwork !!
          ...  And goes safely clear!
          ...  F_Foster never had a chance!
Min. 10 :(aja) J_Crujff looks to play the ball out wide
          ...  He plays the ball across to Ian_Wright
          ...  A cheeky lob from Ian_Wright !
          ...  F_Foster can't get to it!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Look at the delight on his face!!
          ...  That's given Ajax the lead!
          ...  Ajax 1-0 Benfica ...
Min. 11 :(aja) The Ajax manager shouts at them from the touchline to play C
Min. 12 :(bfa) S_Mannaerts takes a throw in
          ...  He throws the ball into Stefano
          ...  Stefano tries to curl it into the bottom corner !
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar hits it away
          ...  He could have held onto that!
Min. 14 :(aja) J_Crujff hits the ball through the heart of the defence
          ...  D_Bergkamp latches onto it!
          ...  D_Bergkamp attempts a low drive!
          ...  F_Foster with an amazing dive to the bottom left
          ...  How he got to that one I don't know !
Min. 15 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi looks for options
          ...  He knocks the ball across to J_Bolm
          ...  A delicate header from J_Bolm !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar blocks the shot with his legs
          ...  It goes clear!
Min. 16 :(aja) V_Kompany runs at goal
          ...  He spots the run of Ian_Wright
          ...  He's played him in
          ...  Stefano with a terrible tackle
          ...  C_Cakir warned him
Min. 17 :(aja) R_Pletikosa finds his way through
          ...  He bears down on goal
          ...  R_Pletikosa uses the inside of his foot to curl a shot!
          ...  The net bulges!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He runs towards the fans!
          ...  And slides on his knees!
          ...  Ajax 2-0 Benfica ...
Min. 17 :(aja) Ajax will now play D
Min. 17 :(bfa) J_Plasil turns past the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to C_Thomson
          ...  C_Thomson drives it low !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar gets a hand to it!!
          ...  But he picks up the rebound
          ...  OHHHHHHHH !!
          ...  He's put it over
Min. 21 :(bfa) J_Bolm beats his marker
          ...  That was a quick burst of pace to set him free
          ...  C_dos_Passos is called for the holding foul
          ...  Well spotted by the referee
          ...  Shown a YELLOW CARD!!
Min. 21 :(aja) Ian_Wright hits in a shot!
          ...  It hits the defender
          ...  Oscar_Serrano collects the loose ball!
          ...  Nathan_Dyer pulls on his opponent's shirt!!
          ...  C_Cakir has stopped play
          ...  Well spotted by C_Cakir!
          ...  He had to endure a strong lecture from C_Cakir
Min. 22 :(aja) M_Overmars pass splits open the defence and finds Ian_Wright
          ...  Ian_Wright belts the ball towards goal!
          ...  It swerves a lot in the air
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  Ajax 3-0 Benfica ...
Min. 24 :(aja) Oscar_Serrano takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  That mistake could prove costly
          ...  Oscar_Serrano with a thundering volley!
          ...  But he puts it wide
Min. 30 :(bfa) Benfica's manager orders his side to play E
Min. 33 :(aja) M_Overmars cuts inside the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to D_Bergkamp
          ...  D_Bergkamp with a screamer of a shot !
          ...  But F_Foster palms it behind
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  R_Pletikosa chips the ball in towards the back post!
          ...  F_Foster reads it well, and claims it!
Min. 33 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw sidesteps T_Vermaelen
          ...  He was too quick for his marker
          ...  But C_dos_Passos wins the ball with a sliding challenge
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Swung in by J_Plasil
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar easily catches it!
Min. 34 :(aja) M_Overmars dribbles it into the box
          ...  C_Thomson with the tackle
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Just outside the box!
          ...  Oscar_Serrano hoists it forward
          ...  D_Bergkamp gets on the end of it
          ...  D_Bergkamp attempts to nutmeg E_Van_d_Sar!
          ...  Looks like it should be F_Foster's
          ...  Oh he's let it go through his legs
          ...  But drifts inches wide !!
          ...  F_Foster looks embarrassed!
          ...  He was relieved to see it go wide!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Oscar_Serrano plays it into the danger area!
          ...  The ball comes to C_dos_Passos
          ...  He knocks it goalward
          ...  But F_Foster tips it over the bar
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Swung in by J_Crujff
          ...  F_Foster fists it away!
Min. 35 :(aja) D_Bergkamp jumps over S_Mannaerts's challenge
          ...  Oh, beautiful nutmeg
          ...  He's clean through
          ...  R_Tomassi cuts out the pass
          ...  That was close!
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th official signals that there are 2 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 44 :(aja) R_Pletikosa takes advantage of a bad back pass from P_Do_Shaw
          ...  R_Pletikosa with a low drive through the rain!
          ...  F_Foster makes a great save
          ...  But he can't hold onto it!
Min. 45 :(bfa) Nathan_Dyer cuts inside V_Kompany
          ...  He worked that well
          ...  Good sliding challenge from T_Vermaelen and it had to be

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Ajax 3-0 Benfica

Min. 47 :(aja) Oscar_Serrano with the heel pass to Ian_Wright
          ...  Ian_Wright hits a great drive!
          ...  The fans get off there seats!
          ...  But it sails over !!
Min. 48 :(aja) S_Marlet is being prepared to come on
          ...  R_Pletikosa is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play MF
Min. 49 :(aja) Alvaro_Rubio is being prepared to come on
          ...  C_dos_Passos is leaving the pitch
          ...  He looks disappointed that he won't be continuing
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play DF
Min. 50 :(aja) A_Arshavin is being brought on
          ...  D_Bergkamp is leaving the pitch
          ...  Looks like the substitute will play FW
Min. 52 :(bfa) Stefano takes advantage of a bad back pass
          ...  Stefano fires a shot at goal !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar tips it over his bar
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  J_Bolm chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  The danger is dealt with by S_Marlet
Min. 53 :(aja) J_Crujff plays a long ball to Ian_Wright
          ...  Yann_M_Vila wins the ball
Min. 56 :(aja) Oscar_Serrano beats one
          ...  Knocks it past a second
          ...  And finds Ian_Wright
          ...  But C_Thomson spotted the danger and cleans up the play
Min. 58 :(aja) T_Vermaelen races into the box
          ...  He sees A_Arshavin lose his man
          ...  He cuts the ball back to him
          ...  P_Do_Shaw wins the ball with a clear tackle
Min. 59 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw takes possession of the ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to Stefano
          ...  Alvaro_Rubio with the tackle
Min. 60 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto is going to be brought on
          ...  J_Plasil is leaving the pitch
          ...  He hasn't had the best of games today
          ...  Looks like his replacement will play AM
Min. 60 :(bfa) Benfica will now play A after the order comes from the dugout
Min. 65 :(aja) Ian_Wright takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  That mistake could prove costly
          ...  J_Bolm with a nasty foul
          ...  I don't think he meant anything other than trying to get the ball
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  That could have been a penalty!
          ...  A_Arshavin hits it hard
          ...  F_Foster with a superb tip around the post
          ...  When he's on his game he's one of the best in the league
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  M_Overmars chips the ball in towards the far post!
          ...  F_Foster catches it!
Min. 66 :(aja) S_Marlet with a first time pass
          ...  Ian_Wright runs onto it!
          ...  Ian_Wright fires a shot at goal !
          ...  F_Foster with the acrobatic save
          ...  Well saved
Min. 68 :(aja) A_Arshavin beats P_Do_Shaw
          ...  It looked like he pushed his marker
          ...  "Play On!" Waves C_Cakir
          ...  A_Arshavin hits the ball first time!
          ...  But he puts it wide
          ...  He found himself with no room to manoeuvre
Min. 68 :(bfa) P_Do_Shaw jumps over V_Kompany's challenge
          ...  Oh, beautiful nutmeg
          ...  He's clean through
          ...  P_Do_Shaw hits the ball on the bounce !
          ...  But he puts it wide
Min. 70 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi plays it forward to J_Bolm
          ...  Alvaro_Rubio goes in with the block tackle
          ...  He comes out of it with the ball
          ...  Great tackle!
Min. 75 :(bfa) A_Bagsy is ready to come on to replace P_Do_Shaw
          ...  Looks like he will play as a FW
Min. 76 :(bfa) T_Adams will replace the useless C_Thomson and will play DF
Min. 79 :(bfa) The ball is passed in from T_Adams, he finds Nathan_Dyer
          ...  Nathan_Dyer throws himself at the ball !
          ...  He manages to reach the ball
          ...  But E_Van_d_Sar tips it behind
          ...  C_Cakir has given a goal kick
          ...  He's not having the best of days !
Min. 80 :(aja) S_Kolasinac is taking a throw in
          ...  He takes a couple of strides back
          ...  He throws the ball to A_Arshavin
          ...  Yann_M_Vila with a superb tackle!
          ...  He easily dispossessed him.
Min. 82 :(bfa) S_Nakamoto takes on the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to Stefano
          ...  T_Vermaelen slides in to knock the ball out for a throw-in
Min. 83 :(aja) S_Marlet sidesteps R_Tomassi
          ...  He was too quick for his marker
          ...  Nathan_Dyer with a deliberate foul
          ...  That was a deliberate act that deserves punishment
          ...  C_Cakir calls him over
          ...  C_Cakir tells him he has had enough warnings
          ...  YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  FREE KICK!
          ...  Ian_Wright drives it in
          ...  But F_Foster makes a fine save
Min. 87 :(aja) Oscar_Serrano takes possession on the edge of the box
          ...  Oscar_Serrano rises above the defence to head the ball !
          ...  It sails over!
          ...  He should have hit the target at least!!
Min. 87 :(bfa) Zheng_Zhi picks out S_Nakamoto with the cross
          ...  S_Nakamoto tries one from the edge of the box !
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar can't get to it!
          ...  OH! It has gone just over the bar!
          ...  E_Van_d_Sar makes a cocky smile
          ...  Did he know that was going over?
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 88 :(bfa) R_Tomassi cuts through the defence
          ...  M_Overmars reads the play well
Min. 89 :(aja) Oscar_Serrano takes advantage of a mistake by S_Mannaerts
          ...  R_Tomassi tugs on his opponent's shirt!!
          ...  C_Cakir has stopped play
          ...  Well spotted by C_Cakir!
          ...  The ref shows him a YELLOW CARD!!
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on!

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


Match Details
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Venue                : Amsterdam Arena
Attendance           : 150,000
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Ajax Match Info
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Best player          : Ian_Wright (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : Ian_Wright (10,22), R_Pletikosa (17)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : T_Vermaelen (3), C_dos_Passos (21)
Injured              : N/A
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Benfica Match Info
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Best player          : P_Do_Shaw
Scorers              : N/A
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : Yann_M_Vila (2), Nathan_Dyer (83), R_Tomassi (89)
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                               Ajax       |    Benfica
Attempts on Goal     :          19        |       9
Off target           :           6        |       3
On target            :          13        |       6
Possession           :          53        |       47
Corners              :           5        |       2
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           2        |       3
Subs Used            :           3        |       3
Fouls                :           7        |       19
Key Tackles          :           6        |       7
Key Passes           :          16        |       10
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Final Score          : Ajax 3 - 0 Benfica
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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 |  93   7   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  75   0   0   0
C_dos_Passos   DF   2  33  11   9  46 |  51   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   0   0  18  -2   3
V_Kompany      DF   2  28  11   8  33 |  93   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
S_Kolasinac    DF   2  27  10   9  11 |  93   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  10   0
T_Vermaelen    DF   2  26   8   6  31 |  93   0   2   1   0   0   0   1   0   0  38   8  -2
R_Pletikosa    MF   3  10  29   8  40 |  50   0   0   1   0   2   1   0   0   0   0  10  35
J_Crujff       MF   2   6  29  10  28 |  93   0   0   4   1   1   0   0   0   0  20  75  25
Oscar_Serrano  MF   2  16  28  12  19 |  93   0   0   2   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  20   2
M_Overmars     MF   2  10  26  13  32 |  93   0   1   4   1   0   0   0   0   0  20  55   0
Ian_Wright     FW   2   6   9  28  22 |  93   0   0   1   0   6   2   0   0   0   0  10  76
D_Bergkamp     FW   1   8   7  28  21 |  52   0   0   0   0   5   0   0   0   0   0   0  17
G_Langerak     GK  27   2   2   6  23 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Alvaro_Rubio   DF   2  28   8  10  36 |  42   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  60  20  20
M_Keown        DF   3  26  12   7  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Marlet       MF   2   8  29   8  22 |  43   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  10   0
A_Arshavin     FW   2   6   8  26  32 |  41   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   6

Player Statistics - Benfica
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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F_Foster       GK  38   2   4   4  16 |  93  14   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0   0
C_Thomson      DF   2  31  12   7  25 |  78   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -19
Yann_M_Vila    DF   2  29  14   8  22 |  93   0   2   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  38  -2  -2
R_Tomassi      DF   1  28   8   7  37 |  93   0   1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0  18  -2  -2
S_Mannaerts    DF   2  27   9   5  12 |  93   0   1   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  20  20   0
Zheng_Zhi      MF   1   9  30   8  42 |  93   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  30   0
J_Plasil       MF   1   7  29  10  19 |  62   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20 -10 -20
P_Do_Shaw      MF   2   9  29   8  25 |  77   0   1   2   0   1   0   0   0   0  20  20   1
J_Bolm         MF   2  11  28  13  32 |  93   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
Stefano        FW   2   9   8  29  39 |  93   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  10
Nathan_Dyer    FW   2   7  11  28  31 |  93   0   1   0   0   2   0   1   0   0  18  -2   8
Z_Alomerovic   GK  28   1   1   1  14 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
T_Adams        DF   2  31   8   7  22 |  15   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  10   0
J_Wilshere     MF   2  19  29  11  19 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
S_Nakamoto     AM   3   4  25  16  32 |  31   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   1
A_Bagsy        FW   1   8   5  27  15 |  16   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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