Amsterdam football club Ajax will join AZ of Alkmaar in the knock-out rounds of the Europa League after losing their key Champions League qualifier to Valencia 0-1.
The Amsterdammers had been leading Group H on goal difference, needing just a draw in front of their home crowd in the final game of the group stage. Valencia and Chelsea now move on to the round of 16.
Uefa’s match reporter said the evening was one of ‘intense frustration’ for Ajax. ‘For a team that has charmed the world with mesmerising attacking football, tonight, when it really mattered, they came up short,’ he said.
‘The combinations didn’t click as normal, there was little space to be found among the Valencia back line and as a result, precious few chances were created. Ajax will be bitter to bow out with ten points, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.’
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) December 11, 2019
According to the Telegraaf, some 2.4 million people in the Netherlands had tuned in to watch the match. Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and were finalists in the Europa League in the season before.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.