Ajax crash out of Champions League

24th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The new football season that started so promisingly for Ajax has already soured.

24 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — The new football season that started so promisingly for Ajax has already soured.

The Amsterdam team was dumped out of the Champions League after losing to FC Kopenhagen 0-2 on Wednesday and will have to make do with the less prestigious and not so lucrative UEFA Cup.

Ajax had looked comfortable, even dominant in the first hour. Several chances were squandered before half-time.

Then in the 59th minute Michael Silberbauer easily blasted a free kick past Ajax goalie Maarten Stekelenburg.

From then on, Ajax' confidence seeped away and control of the match was surrendered to the Danes.

When Kopenhagen took a 2-0 lead in the Amsterdam ArenA, it meant the home team was ejected from the competition 3-2 over the two legs.

Ajax Trainer Henk ten Cate said it was a sad evening.

"This shows the immaturity of the team, of a number of players in any case," he said after the match.

Ejection from the Champions League before the group phase will cost Ajax at least EUR 9 million in lost ticket and TV revenue.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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