Ajax ease through to last Champions League qualifier with Standard Liege win

Amsterdam football club Ajax eased their way through to the final qualification round of this year's Champions League competition with a 3-0 home win against Standard Liege on Tuesday night. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring in the 30th minute, with Matthijs de Ligt making it 2-0 four minutes later. David Neres took it to 3-0 in the opening seconds of the second half. The first away leg resulted in a 2-2 draw after the Amsterdammers gave away a 0-2 advantage. Ajax will now meet Dynamo Kiev on August 22 and 28 to compete for a place in group stage. PSV Eindhoven, who won the Dutch Eredivisie last season, will take on BATE Borisov of Bulgaria on August 21 and 29 in their bid for a group place. Ajax have not qualified for the Champions League since the 2014/15 season.  More >

Police investigate Ajax steward incident

Police badge and radio. Five men and one woman were arrested after trouble broke out at the Johan Cruijff stadium where Ajax was playing Heracles Almelo in their first match of the new season. Police are now investigating if there is any connection between the trouble on the terraces and another incident in which a steward had a heart attack. In particular they want to know if the steward had the heart attack after being attacked by a supporter. One rumour doing the rounds on internet says the man grabbed the steward by the throat and then hit him. The investigation will include questioning witnesses and checking security and other camera footage, news agency ANP said. That has not yet been confirmed, but Ajax have said the man is making good progress in hospital. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.  More >

Ajax draw in Champions League qualifier

Amsterdam football club Ajax drew 2-2 against Standard Liege in the third qualifying round for this season's Champions League competition, after going into the second half 0-2 up, thanks to goals by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and new signing Dusan Tadić However, Standard scored in the 67th minute and then again from a penalty in the dying seconds of extra time. 'In itself 2-2 is a good result but there was more in it,' coach Erik ten Hag said after the match. 'We had a great chance to make it 0-3 after the break, so it is a real shame it ended up 2-2.' The return leg takes place in Amsterdam next week. The winners will meet either lavia Praha or Dynamo Kyiv in the play-offs for a place in the group stage.  More >

Amsterdam's Ajax beat Sturm Graz 1-3

Ajax club badge Amsterdam football club Ajax move into the third and final qualifying round for this year's Champions League competition with a 1-3 win over Sturm Graz in Austria on Wednesday night. Ajax also won the first home leg 2-0. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar put away two while new signing Dusan Tadic scored his first goal for the Amsterdammers. Ajax will meet Standard Liege in the third qualifying round. If they win, they will take part in the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2014/15 season. A defeat sees Ajax taking part in the Europa League. 'There is no reason yet to cheer,' Huntelaar told broadcaster NOS after the game. 'We are not there yet.' 'We must now focus on Standard Liege, our next opponent. They are a better side, so we have to play better as well.'  More >