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1 vs 0
Played
November 6, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
Attendance:‬ 51908‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Lasse Schöne
Lasse Schöne
Ajax
Joël Veltman
Joël Veltman
Ajax
Flop of the Match
E. Izaguirre
E. Izaguirre
Celtic
Derk Boerrigter
Derk Boerrigter
Celtic

Ajax 1-0 Celtic: Schone strikes to leave Bhoys on brink of elimination

The Bhoys are bottom of Group H following defeat in Amsterdam and have to get results against AC Milan and Barcelona if they are to seal a route to the knockout stages

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PROSHOTS
Celtic's hopes of qualification to the Champions League last 16 suffered a big blow after going down 1-0 at Ajax.

Lasse Schone, who scored a late consolation as the Scottish champions claimed a 2-1 Group H win at a raucous Celtic Park two weeks ago, got revenge in Amsterdam by scoring six minutes into the second half.

Another frustrating evening appeared to be in store for Frank de Boer's men after Celtic repelled wave after wave of first-half attacks, but Schone claimed the breakthrough with a wonderfully crafted effort.

A second is often necessary for Ajax, but a first Champions League clean sheet in 11 attempts means the Dutch side is now a point behind second-placed Milan with two games remaining, while the Bhoys are bottom and must face Milan and Barcelona.

De Boer dropped winger Viktor Fischer in favor of Davy Klaassen, while Celtic welcomed back key man Kris Commons from a hamstring injury.

Off color both at home and abroad so far this season, the defending Dutch champions began what had been billed as a must-win assignment on the front foot, and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster was forced to make a sharp save from Stefano Denswil's free kick.

Forster then demonstrated again just why he is being spoken about as a potential first-choice for England with a magnificent reaction stop to claw away Siem de Jong's 17th-minute header from Ricardo van Rhijn's cross.

Beram Kayal spurned a rare Celtic opportunity in the 50th minute, blazing wildly over at the end of a driving run, and he was soon ruing his profligacy.

Having previously failed to find an incisive pass, Ajax strung together a slick one-touch move to break the deadlock - Schone exchanging passes with De Jong and Thulani Serero before slotting the latter's back-heel past Forster.

Anthony Stokes drew a first save of the night from Jasper Cillessen as Celtic sought a quick response, but it was almost 2-0 down in the 56th minute when Forster misjudged Schone's in-swinging corner and Emilio Izaguirre headed off the line.

James Forrest then failed to make the most of a two-on-one counterattack situation in Celtic's favor before Serero forced another last-ditch block from Izaguirre inside the Celtic box.

Forster denied De Jong at the end of a bustling run and Ajax ended the strongest, with Denswil heading against the post.

Celtic hosts AC Milan next time out before closing its group stage campaign at Camp Nou against Barcelona.

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Ajax

22
Jasper Cillessen
Goalkeeper
3.00
34
3.00
33
Joël Veltman
Defender
4.00
15
N. Boilesen
Defender
2.50
17
Daley Blind
Midfielder
3.00
32
Stefano Denswil
Defender
68′
3.00
10
Siem de Jong
Midfielder
2.50
39
Davy Klaassen
Midfielder
41′ 83′
2.50
20
Lasse Schöne
Midfielder
51′
4.00
25
Thulani Serero
Midfielder
51′ 72′
2.50
9
2.00

Celtic

3.00
1
Fraser Forster
Goalkeeper
2.00
3
E. Izaguirre
Midfielder
43′
3.00
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
3.50
-
2.50
21
2.50
2
M. Lustig
Defender
2.50
15
2.50
33
Beram Kayal
Midfielder
77′
2.50
49
2.00
9
2.50
10

Substitutes

1
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25
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2.50
5
2.50
35
2.50
-
Lucas Andersen
Midfielder
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-
 - 

Substitutes

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24
Lukasz Zaluska
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.50
28
Joe Ledley
Defender
77′
 - 
-
Tomas Rogic
Midfielder
2.50
21
 - 
-
2.50
20

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Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In EST
 
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