Ajax face a struggle to qualify for Europa League after home defeat

Amsterdam football club Ajax have left themselves with everything to play for after losing 0-1 to Norwegian side Rosenborg in the play-offs for the Europa League on Wednesday night.

Ajax, who were runners up in the league last season, failed to make the Champions League group stage and need to qualify for the Europa League to stay in lucrative European competition.

The return leg takes place in Trondheim next week.

On Wednesday, Utrecht managed a 1-0 win against Russian side Zenit in their efforts to qualify for the Europa League group stage. The return leg takes place in Russia next Wednesday.

The other Dutch teams in European competition are Feyenoord, who automatically qualify for the Champions League as winners of last year’s Eredivisie title and Vitesse, who make the Europa League group stage as winners of the KNVB Cup.

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