Ajax will face Slovan Bratislava in the playoff round of the Europa League. The Amsterdam side begin the tie with a home match on Thursday 20 August (9.45 pm). The return in Slovakia will be played on 27 August. The winner qualifies for the group stage of the Europa League.
,,Slovan are the champions of Slovakia’’, said coach Martin Jol in a first reaction to the draw. ,,It is an opponent about whom I had my doubts beforehand. Before the draw I would have preferred FK Sarajevo as opponents. Slovan are a strong side, who left MSK Zilina eight points behind last season. Both HSV and Ajax had difficult matches against Zilina in last year's UEFA Cup. We know how strong teams from Slovakia can be.’’
,,Slovan play a match on Sunday’’, Jol said. ,,We will record that match and analyse it. We are making sure that we know everything about the opponent as soon as possible.’’
Unrestricted ticket sales begin on Thursday 13 August. Without a Club Card, tickets for Ajax - Slovan Bratislava can be purchased from €13.60.