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2 vs 1
Played
November 26, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
Attendance:‬ 53000‎
 
Xavi 49′ (PG)
42′ Danny Hoesen
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Ajax 2-1 Barcelona

Goal rates the players after the Amsterdam outfit inflicted the first defeat of Tata Martino's reign as coach of the Catalans and kept its qualification hopes alive.

By Tom Webber

  • Jasper Cillessen
    15
    3
    3.00

    Jasper Cillessen

    The keeper did not have an awful lot to do in the first half, but he swept up well at the back when it was needed. He was sent the wrong way by Xavi from the spot but commanded his area well.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    11
    6
    2.50

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    A mixed night for the right-back as he had some grea, and some difficult moments. He supplied a cracking assist for the opening goal but his sloppy pass to Veltman resulted in both his team-mate being sent off, and a penalty.

  • Niklas Moisander
    18
    2
    3.50

    Niklas Moisander

    The Finland international read the game brilliantly and helped limit the amount of chances Barca had during the first half. As the game continued though he struggled to deal with the runs in behind from the opponents.

  • Joël Veltman
    15
    2
    3.00

    Joël Veltman

    Made a good block to stop Fabregas' first-half shot from testing the keeper. He was put under undue pressure by Van Rhijn in the second half, though, and was dismissed for denying Neymar a chance to score.

  • N. Boilesen
    30
    2
    3.50

    N. Boilesen

    A brilliant game from the left-back was cut short due to injury in the first half. He caused Puyol no end of problems with his daring dribbling and quick feet.

  • Daley Blind
    23
    3
    4.00

    Daley Blind

    Had a strong game in the middle of the park during the first half, breaking up the play and making some quality challenges. He was moved out to left-back following Boilesen's injury but continued in an effective manner.

  • Davy Klaassen
    22
    2
    4.00

    Davy Klaassen

    The midfielder put everything on the line for his side and was utterly tireless. He hounded the opposition continually and also pushed on to help support the forwards throughout the game.

  • Lasse Schöne
    22
    2
    3.00

    Lasse Schöne

    Provided a great cross for Fischer in the first half but blazed a great chance over the top later on. He had a fairly decent game but was sacrificed following Veltman's dismissal shortly after the break.

  • Thulani Serero
    25
    2
    4.00

    Thulani Serero

    An extremely energetic performance in midfield from the South African. He made a number of brilliant late runs into the box, one of which led to him scoring the opening goal. He also worked hard to close the opposition in the middle.

  • Danny Hoesen
    18
    2
    3.50

    Danny Hoesen

    The striker performed excellently, holding up the ball well and linking with his team-mates impressively. He showed great desire to win the ball in the area and slide home Ajax's second goal of the night.

  • Viktor Fischer
    24
    2
    3.50

    Viktor Fischer

    Pulled a decent save from Pinto in the first half with a well-struck volley. His shot also played a part in the second goal and he chased back regularly, putting in a good defensive shift for his team, too.

Substitutions

  • Stefano Denswil
    13
    2
    3.00

    Stefano Denswil

    Brought on for Schone following Veltman's dismissal and proved a solid force in the heart of defence.

  • Christian Poulsen
    21
    3
    3.50

    Christian Poulsen

    Replaced Boilesen in the 34th minute and put in a decent shift in the centre of midfield.

  • Lerin Duarte
    11
    3
    3.00

    Lerin Duarte

    Came on for Hoesen in the 84th minute.

  • José Pinto Colorado
    8
    24
    2.00

    José Pinto Colorado

    The veteran keeper seemed nervous from the opening moments when he sent a pass straight out of play for a throw in. He made a couple of good saves but should have parried Fischer's effort, which Hoesen pounced upon.

  • Montoya
    8
    24
    2.00

    Montoya

    Left Van Rhijn in far too much space and the right-back used it to supply the assist for Serero's opener. He did not get forward enough in the first half and he supplied very little from the left.

  • Piqué
    6
    39
    2.00

    Piqué

    At times very hestitant in possession, which forced him to take a number of risks when passing the ball. He made a few too many errors, be it tackling late or positioning himself poorly.

  • Carles Puyol
    12
    25
    2.00

    Carles Puyol

    Was played out at right-back due to injuries but struggled to re-acclimatise to the position. He struggled with the pace of Boilesen before the Dane was withdrawn and his defending was poor in the concession of the first two goals.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    6
    33
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Did not drop off the front line to help link the play, as would be expected in his position. He had one decent chance that he failed to connect with and he cut a frustrated figure for much of the game.

  • Xavi
    12
    22
    3.00

    Xavi

    Unable to get on the ball in midfield due to Ajax's quick pressing. This meant his impact on the game was limited early on, though he did put a few good crosses into the box. He scored a cool penalty early in the second half.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    15
    21
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Attempted to get his team playing their usual type of football and he proved to be a magnet for the ball when in possession. He was involved in Barca's best moments, but could not create anything meaningful.

  • Javier Mascherano
    9
    26
    2.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Did not show an awful lot of cohesion with the rest of the defence. His erroroneous was punished by Ajax as they almost immediately followed up with their second goal. He did make some good interceptions, though.

  • Alex Song
    7
    24
    1.50

    Alex Song

    The Cameroonian's control was often poor and it really needed to be better given the Ajax performance. He failed to track Serero's late runs through midfield, including the one that led to the opening goal.

  • Pedro
    9
    29
    2.50

    Pedro

    Only really utilised his pace on a couple of occasions, which was not enough to really worry the Ajax defence. He did play a few great, teasing passes into the area but could have done more to help his team get a result.

  • Neymar
    28
    32
    2.00

    Neymar

    The Brazilian was full of energy in the opening stages and pressed the opposition quickly. However, he failed to prove clinical when in possession in the final third.

Substitutions

  • Sergi Roberto
    7
    16
    2.00

    Sergi Roberto

    Brought on for Xavi in the 74th minute but he was unable to impact the game.

  • Patricio Gabarrón
    2
    19
    2.00

    Patricio Gabarrón

    Came on for Puyol in the 68th minute but he snatched at the ball when in space far too often.

  • Adama Traoré
    10
    13
    2.00

    Adama Traoré

    Replaced Fabregas in the 82nd minute.

Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In EST
 
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