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Ajax v Lille Live Commentary, 17/09/2019

3 - 0
Q. Promes (18)
E. Álvarez (50)
N. Tagliafico (62)
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Lille must now look to bounce back in the Ligue 1 when they travel to Rennes, while Ajax will look to extend their unbeaten start to the season against second-placed PSV Eindhoven on the weekend.
It ends with Ajax claiming a comfortable 3-0 victory over Lille courtesy of goals from Promes, Alvarez and Tagliafico. Lille had an early chance to take the lead through Osimhen and Ziyech then hit the post for Ajax, but it was Promes who put the home side in front when he nodded home Tagliafico's cross. Lille then went close through Ikone before the break but Ajax sealed victory after the interval when Alvarez finished in style to make it 2-0 and Tagliafico then met Ziyech's cross on the 62nd minute to put the result beyond doubt. Lille continued to have their chances with Osimhen and Yazici both going close, but it was Ajax who ultimately claimed victory in the opening match.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: Ajax 3-0 Lille
90' + 2' Bradaric whips a measured delivery into the box from deep, but Onana rises above Osimhen to claim the lofted ball and regain possession for Ajax.
90' There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the match.
89' POST! Lille almost pull one back as Celik surges down the right wing before cutting it back to Yazici on the fringes of the box, but he sidefoots his effort against the post and then fires the rebound over the bar.
J. Ekkelenkamp
L. Martínez
88' Ajax's final change sees Martinez replaced by Ekkelenkamp. It was originally supposed to be Promes making way, but Martinez's injury resulted in ten Hag withdrawing the midfielder instead.
87' Ajax put the ball out of play as Martinez goes to ground holding his leg near the centre circle, and it looks like he may need to be replaced.
85' The ball reaches Tadic on the right flank and he toys with it just outside the box before clipping a delivery into the box with the outside of his foot, but Gabriel scoops it clear of any danger.
K. Huntelaar
David Neres
83' The hosts' second change of the match sees Neres replaced by Huntelaar.
82' Ajax now appear to be more than content with their three-goal lead, as they pass the ball along the defence with ten Hag preparing to make another change.
80' Andre tries to snatch the ball of Alvarez inside the Ajax half, but he fouls the midfielder in the process and the referee awards a free-kick to the hosts.
78' CLOSE! Some smart thinking from Andres sees him fins Celik with a quick free-kick over the top and the defender is then through on goal, but he sidefoots his effort straight at Onana and the goalkeeper palms it away.
B. Soumaré
77' Lille make their third and final change with Soumare making way for Xeka.
N. Lang
H. Ziyech
77' Ajax's first change of the match sees Ziyech replaced by Lang.
75' Promes collects the ball on the turn just inside the Lille half and he tries to feed Neres down the left channel, but Celik is on hand to make the intervention.
73' Bradaric embarks on an encouraging run down the left flank, but Dest stops him in his tracks just before he can send a delivery into the box.
71' Yazici picks it up on the left-hand side of the box and tries to test Onana from range, but he curls his effort away from the far post and it doesn't trouble the goalkeeper.
69' Andre tries to move the ball across the midfield with pace, but he's caught by Ziyech as he tries to complete his first-time pass and now appears to be in some discomfort.
67' Ajax have again seen more of the ball than Lille in the second half, and the hosts have also had the more attempts having had nine shots compared to Lille's four efforts.
65' Fonte tries to pick out Osimhen's run from deep, but the linesman raises his flag for offside before Lille can mount another counter-attack.
Y. Yazıcı
J. Ikoné
63' Lille make a second substitution in quick succession with Ikone making way for Yazici.
Luiz Araujo
Renato Sanches
63' The first substitution of the evening sees Lille's Sanches replaced by Araujo.
H. Ziyech
62' Ziyech's deliveries have posed a threat all match and Ajax have now made his set-piece quality count. Lille will now need a major effort if they are to get anything out of this match.
N. Tagliafico
62' GOOOAL! Tagliafico makes it 3-0! Ziyech takes the corner from the left and Tagliafico times his run to meet the midfielder's delivery before glancing his header into the top right-hand corner.
62' Andre's foul on Tadic sees Ajax win a free-kick on the left flank and Promes then whips a dangerous ball into the box, but it's headed out for a corner by Osimhen.
60' Alvarez looks to score his second of the game when the ball drops loose in the Lille box, but he smacks his half-volley into a defender and it's then cleared.
58' SAVE! A golden opportunity for Lille to pull one back as Bamba's cross from the left finds Osimhen deep inside the box, but his point-blank header into the ground is straight at Onana who makes the save.
56' Ziyech plays a ball through to Neres on the left-hand side of the box and the winger advances towards goal before testing the goalkeeper, but Maignan gets down to claim the ball at his near post.
55' Lille have a chance to hit their opponents on the counter-attack as Ikone slides a ball into Bamba to the right, but he takes a touch and then wastes his effort by lashing it over the bar.
54' Tadic pokes the ball into the box from the right and it eventually falls to Tagliafico in a central position, but his first-time shot is blocked with relative ease by the Lille defence.
52' Ajax are playing with much more confidence since the second goal as they have dominated possession since Alvarez found the net. 
David Neres
50' That was an extremely well-worked goal by Ajax. It started with the measured long ball to Neres and he then showed great vision to pick out the run of Alvarez beyond the defence, and it was an accomplished finish from the midfielder.
E. Álvarez
50' GOOOAL! Alvarez makes it 2-0 to Ajax! Martinez launches a pinpoint long ball to Neres on the right flank and the winger then cuts inside before slotting a disguised ball into the path of Alvarez, and he fires it home from a tight angle on the right-hand side of the box!
48' CHANCE! Ziyech is played the ball on the right-hand side of the box and the box and he tricks his way past the defender before smashing a low effort at goal, but he only manages to ripple the side-netting.
47' Bamba receives the ball on the turn from Bradaric some 35 yards from goal and he then advances forward before finding himself in space on the edge of the box, but he soars his ambitious effort well over the bar.
46' The referee blows his whistle and Lille kick us off at the start of the second half!
The players are again emerging from the tunnel and we are nearing the start of the second period in Amsterdam.
Ajax may be in front at the break but Lille have looked dangerous in the final third through the likes of Osimhen, Ikone and Bamba. Galtier will be looking for more of the same in the second period, but he now needs his side to capitalise when they get into good positions on the counter.
Ajax enter the interval 1-0 in front courtesy of Promes' header in an eventful opening half at the Johan Cruyff Arena. There were early chances for both Osimhen for Lille and Ziyech for Ajax, but it was Promes who gave the hosts the lead when he nodded home Tagliafico's delivery after 18 minutes. Promes then had a chance to add a second late in the first half, but Ikone then went close to levelling the scores late on for Lille who will be encouraged with the threat they posed during their first-half performance.
45' HALF-TIME: Ajax 1-0 Lille
45' Ajax have the ball in a promising position deep inside the Lille half, but the referee blows the half-time whistle just before they can take a shot at goal to leave the hosts angered.
44' SO CLOSE! Lille have a big chance to level the scores as Bamba carries the ball to the byline on the left-hand side of the box before cutting it back to Ikone, but Onana keeps out his first-time effort and Osimhen then fails to reach the rebound.
42' CHANCE! A superb long ball from deep falls right into the path of Promes who suddenly finds himself in a one-on-one situation with Maignan, but he volleys his first-time effort straight into the goalkeeper's hands.
41' Sanches' free-kick from the right is deflected out for a corner by Veltman and the resulting delivery is headed well wide by Ikone at the front post.
A. Onana
Yellow Card
39' Onana is booked for his involvement in the melee that followed Sanches' reaction.
Renato Sanches
Yellow Card
39' Sanches receives a yellow card after he reacted to Tagliafico's late tackle by appearing to push the defender to the ground.
38' Celik finds himself in some space on the right-hand side of the box and he looks to bend a low delivery towards the back post, but Veltman quells the danger with a first-time clearance.
36' Sanches lays the ball off to Celik on the right flank and the defender floats an early delivery into the box from deep, but it doesn't quite reach Osimhen and Sanches fails to pounce on the loose ball.
34' Promes looks to catch the Lille defence off guard by fizzing an early ball into the box from the left-hand side of the box, but Fonte is on hand to slide in ahead of Tadic and make the clearance.
32' Ikona leaves Bamba take the ball just outside the area and the midfielder tries his luck from range, but his effort deflects off Alvarez and loops out for a corner to the visitors.
30' Osimhen picks up the ball outside the box and sprays it wide to Sanches on the right for the midfielder to whip a delivery into the danger zone, but Onana emerges from his goal to claim the floating ball before it reaches Osimhen.
28' Soumare does well to retain the ball on the left flank and he advances into the Ajax penalty area along the byline, but he is tackled by Veltman and the referee awards a goal-kick.
26' Ajax may have dominated the possession so far having seen 69 per cent of the ball, but their opponents have looked dangerous on the counter-attack and appear capable of causing Ajax problems.
24' Blind needs to be on his toes to defend a looping through ball into the path of Osimhen on the right flank, but the defender gets in front of Osimhen and thumps it out for a throw-in.
22' Bamba makes a determined run from deep inside his own half to spearhead a Lille attack before laying off to Sanches and Bamba then eventually receives it back on the right flank, but his delivery just evades the reach of Osimhen.
20' Osimhen is causing plenty of problems for the Ajax defence so far, as he is using his strength and pace to not give Blind and Veltman a moment's rest.
N. Tagliafico
18' It was a superb delivery from Tagliafico to create the goal, and Promes also did well to adjust his body to meet the heigh of the cross and then direct it home.
Q. Promes
18' GOOOAL! Promes makes it 1-0 to Ajax! Neres lays the ball back to Tagliafico just outside the left-hand side of the box and he whips a delivery towards the back post for Promes to nod into the bottom right-hand corner!
17' Osimhen plays a neat one-two with Sanches on the right flank which sees the striker set free and he then looks to square the ball across goal to Ikone, but it's cleared out for a corner.
16' The ball runs through to Alvarez inside the Lille box and he finds himself well-positioned to strike a first-time effort, but Fonte performs a superb diving challenge to block it.
15' Lille have a chance at the other end as Ikone surges forward before laying the ball off to Bamba on the left-hand side of the box, but he slices his attempt wide of the near post.
14' SO CLOSE! Tadic cuts it inside to Ziyech from the right and he produces a superb piece of skill to flick the ball past Andre before smashing an effort towards the top left-hand corner, but it bounces off the post!
12' Ajax enjoy a long spell of possession before Bamba wins the ball back inside the Lille half and he looks to set Ikone free from deep, but the through ball is intercepted by the defence.
10' Sanches delivers a promising corner into the six-yard box towards the head of Osimhen, but he fails to get there quick enough and Ajax are able to cut out the danger.
8' Tadic picks it up on the edge of the box and looks to slot a ball through to Promes on his outside, but he can't find a way past the Lille defence who stand strong to prevent Ajax getting into a threatening area.
6' Lille are dispossessed in a dangerous position on the edge of their box and Promes has a chance to test Maignan from range, but his low effort drifts away from the right-hand post and goes out for a goal-kick.
4' Sanches receives the ball on the right-hand side of the Ajax box and looks to float a ball towards Osimhen at the back post, but Blind is able to head it away and clear the danger.
2' Some neat build-up play from Lille sees the ball land at the feet of Sanches on the right and he plays it into the path of Osimhen, but the striker is muscled off the ball inside the box.
1' The referee blows his whistle and Ajax get us underway!
The players are emerging from the tunnel and we are almost ready for kick-off at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
These two sides enter the match in very different form in European competition. Ajax won six matches in last season’s Champions League which was as many as their previous four participations in the competition, while Lille have not won any of of their last 11 European matches.
There are two changes to the Ajax side that beat Heerenveen on the weekend, with Dest and Neres stepping in for Schuurs and Huntelaar. The Dutch champions are without Donny van de Beek and Noussair Mazraoui who have picked up injuries in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Lille boss Christophe Galtier has also made two changes as Pied and Luiz Araujo make way for Celik and Sanches. New signing Timothy Weah is absent for last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up, while Xeka is named on the bench after a spell on the sidelines.
SUBS: Adama Soumaoro, Jeremy Pied, Leo Jardim, Loic Remy, Yusuf Yazici, Luiz Araujo, Xeka.
LILLE (4-4-2): Mike Maignan; Mehmet Zeki Celik, Jose Fonte, Gabriel, Domagoj Bradaric; Renato Sanches, Benjamin Andre, Boubakary Soumare, Jonathan Bamba; Jonathan Ikone, Victor Osimhen.
SUBS: Bruno Varela, Noa Lang, Razvan Marin, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Siem de Jong, Perr Schuurs, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp.
AJAX (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Sergino Dest, Joel Veltman, Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Edson Alvarez, Lisandro Martinez; Hakim Ziyech, Quincy Promes, David Neres; Dusan Tadic.
Lille’s second-place finish in Ligue 1 last season was enough to automatically secure them a place in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13. The French side currently sit fifth in the league after winning three and losing two of their first five games following the high-profile departure of Nicolas Pepe over the summer. Lille’s last European venture saw them lose to Azerbaijan side Gabala in the third qualifying round of the 2016-17 Europa League.
Ajax have made a fine start to the season and find themselves top of the Eredivisie following wins in four of their first five league matches. Erik ten Hag’s side needed a victory over APOEL Nicosia in the final Champions League qualifying round to secure their place in this season’s group stage, but they will now be aiming for another successful campaign after reaching the semi-finals last term.
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