News : Champions League: Thomas Doll and Apoel Nicosia draw against Ajax


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Champions League: Thomas Doll and Apoel Nicosia draw against Ajax




Apoel Nicosia missed the Champions League play-off first leg to travel to Amsterdam with a better starting position. Against Ajax, semi-finalists of the past Champions League season, the team of coach Thomas Doll came despite some good chances only to a 0-0. The second leg will take place next Wednesday (28.8. Doll had taken over the club only two weeks ago and with a 2-0 win at Qarabag Agdam made it into the playoff round possible.

The favorite came first better in the game and in the initial phase to some scoring chances. But after fifteen minutes, the Cypriots got better at Ajax and kept the game open. In the second half, Nicosia also got off to a better start with Andrija Pavlovic (58th minute), Giorgos Merkis (59th), Musa Al Taamari (60th) and Lucas Souza (70th) in the lead. When Amsterdam's Noussair Mazraoui was sent off in yellow-red (82 '), Ajax got better and substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar even made it to a lucky away win (89'). So it remained the goalless draw and Ajax must win at home to be able to move back into the group stage.

Good chances are the FC Bruges and Slavia Prague. The Belgian club won by a converted penalty by Hans Vanaken 1: 0 (1: 0) at the Linz ASK (10). Prague also beat CfR Cluj 1-0 (1-0) in Romania, Lukas Masopust (28 ') scoring the deciding goal.


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