Again a little, but fatal, defeat against an Italian opponent. Ajax coach Danny Blind had to live with it on Tuesday night.,,In two matches, we did all that was possible'', said the coach. ,,Losing to Inter is never a disgrace. We did what we could.''
After two matches it was fair that Ajax lost to Inter. The Italian side was simply stronger.
In the end, it was sad that the only goal in the match came from a mistake by the Amsterdam side.Nourdin Boukhari lost the ball and eventually Dejan Stankovic was able to strike: 1-0.
It was harsh, but fair. ,,We should have done the job in Amsterdam, two weeks ago'', Blind admitted. ,,It was a bad turnover by Boukhari, but he did not play badly at all.'' Ajax lost to a better team. The visitors never had a claim for more. After the gaol by Stankovic (57th minute), Ajax were never really dangerous, even with Angelos Charisteas for Markus Rosenberg and Ryan Babel for Mauro Rosales. Babel came closest with a hard shot from distance. It wasn't enough. Inter will face Villarreal in the next round.