Ajax failed to capitalise on their home advantage on Wednesday night losing 1-0 to Slavia Prague in the qualifier for the football Champions League. The Czech team won the game with a late penalty after the Amsterdam team missed one earlier in the second half.
Ajax will have to step up a gear in the second leg in two weeks time. Ajax were clearly struggling yesterday, following the sale of key players Wesley Sneijder and Ryan Babel to foreign clubs. The team also missed midfielder Edgar Davids through injury.
New signings Luis Suarez and Jurgen Colin failed to shine. Striker Suarez missed an easy chance early in the match and defender Colin was indirectly responsible for the penalty.
The evening was marred by crowd violence before the game when fighting broke out at an underground station in Amsterdam, reports ANP news service.
Around 30 Czech supporters and 50 Ajax fans clashed and seven people were injured in the fighting, including a number of Spanish tourists. Four Prague fans were arrested.
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