Ajax could not qualify for the next round of the Champions League. Atalanta was way better than Ajax, so they scored the only goal in the match.
Atalanta had only 8 points before the match. Ajax was third team in the group with only seven points. Ajax was the host team, so experts believed in Amsterdam’s squad. Unfortunately to Ajax’s fans, the team could not change the situation.
Ten Hag started the match with a very interesting line-up. Ajax started the match with a 4-3-3 strategy. Tadic was playing as the main winger on the left side. Anthony was playing as the main winger from the right side. Brobbey was the main striker while helping Tadic and Anthony in the attacking line. On the other hand, Atalanta was in a perfect form. The squad was ready for this challenge, so the Italians played with their favorite strategy. The Italians started the match with two main strikers – Zapata and Gomez.
First half was very interesting but without serious moments. As the host-team, Ajax was trying harder than Atalanta. Ajax was really good in the attacking line but they were not good at finishing. The Amsterdam team had only one shot on target in the first half.
Red card and one goal
Everything changed in the second half. Ajax main coach started playing the second half with two more attacking line players. Huntelaar and Promes took their chances. From the very start of the second half, Ajax was very sharp. There was a high pressure on Atalanta’s defender but Ajax could not score a goal. Ajax was sharpening counter-attacks when the team was left with 10 players on the pitch. The Ajax midfielder was given a red card for elbowing. Gravenberch played badly and the referee gave him a red card. Unfortunately to Ajax fans, the team was left with 10 players and the outcome changed. Atalanta became more powerful in the attacking line and scored only a goal in the match. Ajax had only a few minutes left for two goals – it was a “mission impossible” for Dutch team.