The national competitions have now been completed, but the 2019/2020 season is still not over. The Europa League and the Champions League are still being played – in tournament form -. Several former Ajax players are still present. Follow them here and join the conversation!
Saturday, August 8
Frenkie de Jong has qualified with FC Barcelona in the quarter finals of the Champions League. After a 1-1 draw against Napoli in March, the Catalans had to win to advance one round. They did: 3-1. De Jong played the entire match and gave a wonderful assist to Lionel Messi, although not that the Argentinian made hands and saw his goal rejected. Former Ajax players fell to the opponent Arek Milik in Stanislav Lobotka in. In the next round, Bayern Munich awaits.
The new season officially started in Belgium on Saturday. At 4.30 pm Club Brugge played in-house against Sporting Charleroi, but the reigning champion got off to a false start by losing 0-1. Mats Rits looked at it with sorrow from the couch, which he kept warm for ninety minutes.
Friday, August 7
Former Ajax player Matthijs de Ligt his old employer could give Ajax a helping hand on Friday evening. Juventus played the return of the eighth finals against Olympique Lyon and had to make up for a 1-0 defeat from the first leg. When Juventus would eliminate Olympique Lyon, that was also good news for Ajax. The team from Amsterdam will go directly into the Champions League next season if the tournament is not won by Olympique Lyon or Napoli this season.
The match immediately started disastrous for the former Ajax player’s team on Friday. Memphis Depay was soon given a penalty and cashed it in with a Panenka. With the help of Cristiano Ronaldo and a strong defensive De Ligt, Juventus fought back into the game and even took a 2-1 lead. However, due to the goal of Lyon, the advantage remained in French hands. Whatever Juventus tried, the third goal did not come and so the top club was eliminated.
Thursday, August 6
The Bayer Leverkusen of the former Ajax coach Peter Bosz and former Ajax player Daley Sinkgraven was almost certain of a place in the quarterfinals on Thursday without playing. The German club played the return of the eighth finals in-house against Rangers FC on Thursday evening. Just before the corona crisis, Bayer Leverkusen managed to win 1-3 in Scotland and so Bosz and his men already had one leg in the quarterfinals. On Thursday, Bosz had to ensure that his team would still get itself into trouble and that succeeded. It was relatively easy to win 1-0, securing the quarterfinals.
The first match between Sevilla FC and AS Roma was canceled before the corona crisis and the eighth final between these two teams was decided on one game on Thursday evening. Sevilla FC had to do without it Nemanja Gudelj. The Serbian former Ajax player was tested positive for the corona virus last week and was therefore not there. Made at AS Roma Justin Kluivert was part of the selection, but he remained on the bench. Without former Ajax players within the lines, it was largely a one-way street in Seville’s favor. Sevilla easily won 2-0 against Roma and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Wednesday, August 5
On Wednesday, the Europa League resumed with the eighth finals. FC Copenhagen, the club of former Ajax players Nicolai Boilesen in Viktor Fischer, settled in the return with Istanbul Basaksehir, which had won the first game 1-0. With Boilesen in the base and Fischer not in the match selection, FC Copenhagen won convincingly 3-0.
Manchester United had already won 0-5 in the first game with LASK Linz and did not really have to work on Wednesday evening. Although LASK still took the lead, Manchester United turned this gap into a 2-1 victory. Timothy Fosu-Mensah had a starting place at Manchester United and played 84 minutes.
The Internazionale van Christian Eriksen played against Getafe CF on Wednesday evening. These teams have not met before and so this eighth final was about one game. Without Eriksen in the starting line-up, Inter took the lead after more than half an hour of play by a goal from Romelu Lukaku. Former Ajax player Eriksen, who came in after 82 minutes, decided the game shortly after his raid with the liberating 2-0. This was also the final score.
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