Champions League adventure over for Ajax Women: “We are especially proud”

Champions League adventure over for Ajax Women: "We are especially proud" Sport

Was Ajax without a chance again? Far from. There were chances for an early opening goal, also for Ajax. The first was for captain Sherida Spitse, who headed just over. Coach Suzanne Bakker’s team looked for attack and looked for a goal from the start. After fifteen minutes of play, Romée Leuchter spun free and saw her bet go just wide. Two minutes later, the home team escaped again when goalkeeper Musovic hit the ball against Tiny Hoekstra, who then rolled wide from the outside of the post.

A dangerous attack from Chelsea seemed to herald the opening goal, but left winger Guro Reiten placed the ball just wide. The home team took the lead in minute 33 when Reiten sent striker Ramirez away through the middle. He pushed him past Regina van Eijk in a controlled manner and with this the hope for ‘the miracle of London’ disappeared. Ajax had to score five goals for extra time and Chelsea simply wasn’t going to give that number away.

Even though the next round was definitely out of sight, Ajax, without the suspended Lily Yohannes, continued to look for the attack. That resulted in another chance for Leuchter just before half time. And after the break, the first chance came from her shoe, but her effort lacked power. The fact that Ajax continued to search was rewarded and suddenly the equalizer was there. After a good through ball from Tiny Hoekstra, Chasity Grant came one on one with goalkeeper Musovic in the 65th minute. The latter was unable to reverse the bet, which seemed tenable.

In the last half hour it was Ajax that had the best claim to victory. Once again Leuchter was close, after she cut down her direct opponent and tried to score in the far corner. Keeper Musovic made up for the mediocre performance with the equalizer with a great save. She repeated this three minutes before the end when substitute Danique Tolhoek curled the ball into the top right corner.

Ajax, despite the fact that it is now eliminated in Europe, took revenge for the defeat it suffered at home. Afterwards the conclusion was that the champion of England was clearly a size too big and although the home team did not have to go to the extreme today, Ajax created the most chances.

This ended the European adventure on an honorable note, especially because the campaign was ultimately surprisingly successful. Beforehand, experts had little confidence in the results, because the draw was tough. In a group with PSG, Bayern Munich and AS Roma, Ajax fought well to a second place and thus secured a place in the quarter-finals. That’s where it ended for the Ajax Women.



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