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1 vs 1
Played
October 1, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 51692‎
 
Mario Balotelli 90+4′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Ajax 1-1 Milan

Goal runs an eye over the players as the shares are spoiled at the Amsterdam ArenA as Mario Balotelli's late penalty canceled out Stefano Denswil's well-taken header.

By Charlie Scott

  • Jasper Cillessen
    9
    1
    2.50

    Jasper Cillessen

    Nearly undid Ajax's decent work before the break by trying to provide an assist for Muntari with a lazy back pass, but made amends for that in the second half when he tipped Balotelli's fine effort onto the bar.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    9
    1
    2.50

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    The full-back reined in his attacking instincts to balance De Sa's commitment to not tracking back, and put in a solid performance while doing so.

  • Niklas Moisander
    10
    1
    3.00

    Niklas Moisander

    The Finland international was composed at the back for his side before his night was cut short by a cynical foul by Muntari.

  • Daley Blind
    9
    1
    3.00

    Daley Blind

    Pushed Abate back in the first half with his vibrant play down the left, but faded after the break.

  • Stefano Denswil
    9
    1
    3.00

    Stefano Denswil

    Read the play well at centre-back for De Boer's side and popped with what looked like the winning goal when he nodded Schone's corner past Abbiati in the 90th minute.

  • Christian Poulsen
    8
    9
    2.00

    Christian Poulsen Flop of the Match

    Rampaging in central midfield for the hosts. Gave Milan a sign of things to come early on when he smashed into a challenge with Balotelli. Lost his discipline after the break as the Italians grew into the game.

  • Siem de Jong
    10
    2
    2.50

    Siem de Jong

    The talented No.10 sparkled intermittently for the Dutch giants, and he seemed to struggle with a knock late on.

  • Lerin Duarte
    7
    2
    3.50

    Lerin Duarte

    Very impressive in the first half, mixing some incisive passing with a couple of earth-shaking challenges to stop Milan moving forward. The game's standout performer will have been disappointed to pick up an injury that forced him off in the second half.

  • Lesley de Sa
    3
    3
    2.00

    Lesley de Sa

    Full of pace, and not a lot else. The youngster was second best up against Constant and was hauled off by De Boer after the break.

  • Viktor Fischer
    12
    2
    2.00

    Viktor Fischer

    The youngster's class was evident on occasion, but he was not consistent during the game. He had one of Ajax's best chances when he shot just wide with a fine effort in the first half.

  • Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
    7
    2
    3.00

    Kolbeinn Sigthórsson

    Drew a smart stop from Abbiati early on, but headed straight at the Milan goalkeeper when in a brilliant position midway through the second half.

Substitutions

  • Mike van der Hoorn
    6
    2
    2.00

    Mike van der Hoorn

    Will be devastated to have conceded the penalty late on after tangling with Balotelli.

  • Lasse Schöne
    8
    3
    2.50

    Lasse Schöne

    Provided the assist for Denswil's headed goal.

  • Christian Abbiati
    14
    4
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Pulled off a decent stop to keep out Sigthorsson's well-struck effort early on, and was in the right place at the right time to catch a couple of headers in the second half.

  • Philippe Mexes
    14
    5
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Misplaced a number of short passes in the first half that invited pressure on his side, but showed a decent range after the break when spraying balls up to Balotelli.

  • Cristian Zapata
    9
    11
    3.00

    Cristian Zapata

    Strong in the air but looked suspect when Sigthorsson and Fischer were running at him with the ball at their feet.

  • Ignazio Abate
    14
    6
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Was beaten far too often by Blind and Fischer, as the young Ajax duo impressed at the Amsterdam ArenA. Looked far more comfortable after the break when he was given licence to push forward down the right.

  • Kevin Constant
    17
    6
    3.00

    Kevin Constant

    Won his battle against De Sa in the first half, and proved a dangerous outlet for his side after the interval.

  • Sulley Muntari
    9
    20
    2.00

    Sulley Muntari

    Did little of note during the game and was fortunate not to be booked in the second half for a nasty rake down the back of Moisander's left heel.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    15
    9
    3.00

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Struggled against a steely Ajax midfield in the first half, before blossoming after Duarte was withdrawn through injury. With the shackles off he was able to take his time on the ball, which suited Milan.

  • Nigel De Jong
    30
    3
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong Top of the Match

    The former Ajax midfielder put in a committed performance for his side as they improved markedly after the break. Typically strong in the tackle, which limited the impact of Fischer and Sigthorsson in the second half.

  • Andrea Poli
    18
    6
    2.50

    Andrea Poli

    A late inclusion in the Milan starting XI, the midfielder was energetic, without showing the necessary quality to leave his mark on the game. Replaced late on by Emanuelson.

  • Robinho
    14
    11
    2.50

    Robinho

    Another poor performance from the Brazilian. His movement was off, his touch was off, and it was no surprise that he was withdrawn before the final whistle.

  • Mario Balotelli
    27
    9
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Petulant at times as he sought free kicks where there was no foul to be seen. Mixed the sublime with the ridiculous after the break as he crashed a brilliant effort onto the bar but also picked up a yellow card for a nonsensical kick at van Rhijn. Grabbed a point for his side by winning and dispatching a penalty in the 94th minute.

Substitutions

  • Urby Emanuelson
    18
    2
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Had little time to stamp his influence on the game on his return to the Amsterdam ArenA.

  • Alessandro Matri
    9
    7
    2.50

    Alessandro Matri

    Was strong in the air as Milan went in search of goals late in the game.

Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2