Champions League - Group H
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Ajax 0-1 Valencia: Last year's Champions League semi-finalists eliminated

Rodrigo
Rodrigo's first-half goal sent Valencia through at the expense of Ajax

Last season's Champions League semi-finalists Ajax were knocked out in the group stages as Valencia progressed instead with victory at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Rodrigo scored the only goal midway through the first half as he blasted into the roof of the net from Ferran Torres' clever pass.

Ajax desperately pushed for the equaliser they needed with Lisandro Martinez and Hakim Ziyech forcing late saves from Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech.

Valencia had defender Gabriel sent off in injury time for clashing heads with Dusan Tadic in a very tense finale in Amsterdam.

Ajax were seconds away from reaching last year's final before Lucas Moura's injury-time strike sent Tottenham to the final instead.

Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt were among the stars of that team to leave last summer and they have not been the same since.

Two defeats at home - by Chelsea and Valencia - and a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge have ultimately cost them.

Valencia go through as group winners, with Chelsea in second after their 2-1 win over Lille. Ajax drop into the Europa League last 32.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 24OnanaBooked at 81mins
  • 12Mazraoui
  • 3Veltman
  • 17Blind
  • 31TagliaficoBooked at 79minsSubstituted forde Jongat 89'minutes
  • 4ÁlvarezBooked at 10minsSubstituted forDestat 45'minutes
  • 21Martínez
  • 22Ziyech
  • 6van de BeekBooked at 83mins
  • 27LangSubstituted forHuntelaarat 70'minutes
  • 10TadicBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Semedo Varela
  • 2Schuurs
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 15de Jong
  • 18Marin
  • 23Traoré
  • 28Dest

Valencia

  • 1DoménechBooked at 79mins
  • 18Wass
  • 5GabrielBooked at 90mins
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 14Gayá
  • 20TorresSubstituted forMangalaat 90+5'minutes
  • 17Coquelin
  • 10ParejoBooked at 81mins
  • 8Soler
  • 9GameiroSubstituted forVallejo Galvánat 54'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 19Rodrigo

Substitutes

  • 2Correia
  • 3Costa
  • 4Mangala
  • 15Vallejo Galván
  • 28Rivero
  • 34Esquerdo
  • 38Gozalbez Gilabert
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
51,931

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaxAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Ajax 0, Valencia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajax 0, Valencia 1.

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Eliaquim Mangala replaces Ferrán Torres.

Booking

Dusan Tadic (Ajax) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Gabriel Paulista (Valencia) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Gabriel Paulista.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Jaume Doménech.

Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Noussair Mazraoui with a cross.

Lisandro Martínez (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carlos Soler (Valencia).

Attempt saved. Lisandro Martínez (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Siem de Jong replaces Nicolás Tagliafico.

Foul by Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax).

Mouctar Diakhaby (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Manu Vallejo (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manu Vallejo (Valencia).

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Daniel Parejo.

Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Valencia).

Booking

Donny van de Beek (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Donny van de Beek (Ajax).

José Gayá (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

André Onana (Ajax) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax).

Manu Vallejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Jaume Doménech (Valencia) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Ajax).

Daniel Wass (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax).

Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Ajax).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Daley Blind (Ajax).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG54101221013
2Real Madrid522111748
3Club Bruges503239-63
4Galatasaray502319-82

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich55002141715
2Tottenham53111711610
3Red Star Belgrade5104319-163
4Olympiakos5014714-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5320123911
2Shakhtar Donetsk5131810-26
3Dinamo Zagreb51229905
4Atalanta5113512-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus5410104613
2Atl Madrid52126517
3B Leverkusen520357-26
4Lokomotiv Moscow510449-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool6411138513
2Napoli6330114712
3RB Salzburg6213161337
4KRC Genk6015520-151

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona642094514
2B Dortmund631288010
3Inter Milan621310917
4Slavia Prague6024410-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig6321108211
2Lyon62229818
3Benfica62131011-17
4Zenit St Petersburg621379-27

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Valencia632197211
2Chelsea6321119211
3Ajax6312126610
4Lille6015414-101
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