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UEFA Champions League

  • 28 September 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 51276

Champions League: Ajax 1-1 AC Milan - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores against former side to earn draw for Rossoneri

Champions League: Ajax 1-1 AC Milan - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores against former side to earn draw for Rossoneri

Super Swede cancels out El Hamdaoui opener...

An equalising strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic allowed AC Milan to claim a 1-1 draw at Ajax in the Champions League, and deny his former club a famous victory.

Moroccan Mounir El Hamdaoui struck to edge the Dutch side into a lead, but the prolific Swede struck seven minutes before the interval to ensure that the spoils were shared in Group G.

The rousing home audience created a magnificent atmosphere throughout the evening, and in the opening exchanges their heroes responded by enjoying near total dominance, driving the Serie A giants deep into their own territory.

Clear-cut openings were at a premium however, before a piece of magic from Luis Suarez set up a well-working opening goal for El Hamdaoui.

The much-sought after Uruguayan drew Alessandro Nesta out of the centre of defence before brilliantly outwitting the Italian, slipping the ball through his legs. Suarez then kept his head to find his Moroccan strike colleague, who swivelled instantly to rifle his shot past the despairing dive of Christian Abbiati.

The Dutch held the lead, but it seemed to shake the Rossoneri into action. Having barely been involved until falling behind, Andrea Pirlo began dictating the play, and former Ajax favourite Clarence Seedorf provided the link between defence and midfield.

Milan, all of a sudden, were clicking. Seedorf slipped recent arrival Robinho clean through, but despite having the freedom of the penalty area, could only guide his tame shot wide of the target.

Seedorf was undeterred however, and on 37 minutes he provided an assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to claim the equaliser.

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A raking pass from Pirlo found Seedorf peeling away to the right, and he slipped the ball perfectly into the path of the in-form Swede, who controlled on his chest before rifling past Maarten Stekelenburg.

It was a breathless half, but after the break saw slick passing replaced by scrappy, disjointed passages of play, and the referee’s notebook more involved than either goalkeeper. Six were booked either side of half-time, and in the end, that match completely fizzled out when compared with the attacking endeavours of both sides in the first half.

Ajax seemed strangely satisfied with a share of the spoils having now picked up just a single point from their two matches, and they will feel that they let Milan into the match too easily after El Hamdaoui’s opener.

Visiting coach Massimiliano Allegri meanwhile will be encouraged with the resolve his team showed to fashion a route back into the contest, and take four points into their mouth-watering double header with Real Madrid.

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