The game scene: Ajax game organizer Hakim Ziyech scored the winning goal along the offside line from Donny van de Beek, who with one, two misunderstandings forced Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to kick from the right side to the left corner . It was in the 15th minute the reward for an early dominant phase of the guests, who initially were able to connect perfectly to the impressive performances at Real Madrid and Juventus.
The result: Ajax Amsterdam won the first leg of the Champions League 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Click here for the game report.
The first semester: It started with full control for Ajax. After 20 minutes, they reached almost 70 percent possession and 6-0. The Spurs' three points were in turmoil, including chances for David Neres (19 minutes) and Beek van (24 minutes). Fernando Llorente had the first opportunity of the Spurs (25), who only gained access to the game shortly before the break and two other options, Toby Alderweireld (45. + 4) and Moussa Sissoko (45. + 5) could.
Vertonghens K.o.: After a free kick for Kieran Trippier's Spurs, Jan Vertonghen collided with the head of his defense colleague Alderweireld (33.). Verthongen was bleeding a lot and looked dizzy. After several minutes of treatment, however, he returned to the field before he promptly demanded his replacement. On leaving the pitch, he almost collapsed in the arms of his coach Mauricio Pochettino. The referee apparently had seconds before even communicating with the Spurs bench if there was a concussion. Avoidable dramatic scenes. Another argument for the Concussion Protocol, as is common, for example, in the NFL.
The second semester: The Spurs are now more alert and active. Eriksen (50 & # 39;), Dele (56 & # 39;) and Lucas Moura (63 & # 39;) tackled Andre Onana's goal but without the injured Harry Kane and suspended Son Heung. Min missed the hosts with the punch. For Erik ten Hag's team, Dusan Tadic missed the opportunity to increase to 2-0 in the 51st minute. Ajax's 78th-minute goal from the second half should have gone down when Neres just struck the right post.
Ex-factor and tactical change: With Davinson Sánchez, Alderweireld and Vertonghen Pochettino volunteered at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a tripartite network of former Ajax players. After Vertonghen's injury, he switched to four lines, which helped his team above all to condense the central midfield and develop from there their own assault actions. There he played with Christian Eriksen the fourth ex-Amsterdamer – the Spurs' ace, but he acted as well as his offensive partner (only 13 ball actions in the middle) discreetly for long periods of the game.
Lead, do not miss: When Ajax takes the lead, they never lose first place in the premier class as losers. They tied 1 x 41 times, then won 41 times and eight draws ended.
The second leg: Ajax has a good starting position, the Spurs are allowed to wait for two factors: first, they have the – forced – conversion to 4-4-2 shown how to control the Dutch, on the other hand, returns with Son of the actor the quarter-final against Manchester City. Hoping to reach the finals of the queen class, as the 40th team remains intact. The second stage will take place next Wednesday (9pm, TV: Sky and Dazn, live ticker: SPIEGEL ONLINE) in Amsterdam.
Tottenham Hotspur – Ajax Amsterdam 0: 1 (0: 1)
0: 1 van de Beek (15)
Tottenham: Lloris – Alderweireld, Sánchez, Vertonghen (39th Sissoko) – Wanyama – Trippier (79th Foyth), Eriksen, Dele, Rosa (79ª Davies) – Llorente, Lucas Moura
ajax: Taganafico – Bonito (Mazraoui 65), de Jong – Ziyech (87th Huntelaar), Beek van, Neres – Tadic
referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Yellow cards: – / Tagliafico, Veltman
spectators: 60,000 (sold out)