Ajax needed to beat Liverpool on Wednesday night to still have a chance of staying in the UEFA Champions League over the winter. It wasn't to be. Liverpool went on to win 0-3.
Ajax started the match energetically at the atmospheric Johan Cruijff ArenA and should have taken the lead. On two occasions Steven Berghuis got into a promising position, but was unable to score.
Although the match became increasingly balanced, it was still Ajax that got a nice opportunity again. Unfortunately, it was also not exploited Promptly, the age-old football law asserted itself again; if you don't capitalise on the chances, the other team scores. So Liverpool did just that. After Sanchez timed his move wrong, Henderson was able to cross. Salah was on hand to tap in the first goal to make it 0-1. Shortly afterwards, the English team even had a great opportunity to make it 0-2, but the post got in the way of a Nuñez effort.
Liverpool distance themselves
Schreuder had the same eleven start the second half. They watched in the 49th minute as Robertson found Nuñez's head from a corner. He did not miss the chance this time: 0-2. Less than three minutes later, goal number three was also in the goal behind Pasveer. Elliot was ahead of Álvarez with a gentle shot.
The coach then brought on Owen Wijndal and Mohammed Kudus to replace Daley Blind and Davy Klaassen. Five minutes later, Kenneth Taylor was also allowed to join on the pitch. To the dismay of the crowd, Schreuder took Brobbey off. Despite those changes, the score did not change.
Ajax – Liverpool 0-3 (0-1)
42. Salah 0-1
49. Núñez 0-2
52. Elliott 0-3
Ajax: Pasveer; Sanchez, Timber, Bassey, Blind (58. Wijndal); Álvarez (85. Grillitsch), Klaassen (58. Kudus), Berghuis (85. Conceiçao); Bergwijn, Brobbey (63. Taylor), Tadic