Champions League semi-final difficult story for Ajax Women

Champions League semi-final difficult story for Ajax Women Sport

Trainer Suzanne Bakker’s team was able to keep up well in the first half hour, but could not keep it up. The return next Wednesday at Stamford Bridge therefore seems like a formality.

Ajax sold a record number of tickets for the first ever match between a Dutch club in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The almost 36,000 fans filled not only the first, but also parts of the second ring of the ArenA. In the home games won against Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and AS Roma, between 15,000 and 20,000 people always helped Ajax, making its debut in the group stage, achieve surprising victories.

Without Spitse and Weerden

The number two of the Netherlands had to play against Chelsea, last year’s semi-finalist, without suspended captain Sherida Spitse and left back Ashleigh Weerden. The youthful Ajax also created opportunities with the teenagers Daliyah de Klonia and Isa Kardinaal. Romée Leuchter hit the post after a quick attack in the seventh minute. Moments later, Tiny Hoekstra got no further than a weak shot from a promising position.

Chelsea moved the ball around much more easily, but did not create any major clear-cut opportunities. It took a bit of a scramble to take the lead. English international Lauren James received the ball via an Ajax defender and rounded goalkeeper Regina van Eijk. Some defenders seemed to have already stopped, because a whistle could be heard. That did not come from referee Maria Caputi, who initially disallowed the goal for offside. However, after viewing the images, this did not appear to be the case.


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