Ajax 1-2 Roma: Ibanez grabs stunning late winner for the Italians… who hold the advantage in Europa League quarter-final after coming from a goal down to win in Amsterdam
- Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen opened the scoring cooly in the 39th minute
- Dusan Tadic then missed a penalty just after half-time in a huge turning point
- Roma struck back 12 minutes after the interval through Lorenzo Pellegrini
- Roger Ibanez nicked a late winner for the visitors who have two vital away goals
- The winner of this tie will play either Manchester Utd or Granada in the semis
Roger Ibanez crashed home a spectacular volley two minutes from time to give AS Roma a come-from-behind 2-1 away win over Ajax Amsterdam in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.
A missed penalty and a horror goalkeeping slip cost Ajax dearly as they lost a halftime lead and now face a tough task in next Thursday’s return leg in Rome.
Ajax went ahead from Davy Klaassen’s goal six minutes before halftime and should have doubled the lead soon after the break but Dusan Tadic’s penalty was saved.
Roger Ibanez (R) celebrates his late winner for Roma against Ajax in the Europa League
Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the first away goal for Roma against Ajax on Thursday evening
Pellegrini celebrates with his team-mates after his equaliser in the 57th minute in Amsterdam
Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen had opened the scoring with a calm finish just before half-time
The Dutchman is mobbed by his team-mates after the opening goal of the quarter-final clash
But it’s advantage Roma with the two away goals ahead of the second-leg in Italy next week
Lorenzo Pellegrini equalised with a 57th-minute free kick, which slipped through the hands of Ajax’s 21-year-old back-up goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen.
Ibanez secured the last-gasp win as he chested down a poorly cleared corner before slamming the ball home from close range.
More to follow…
Ajax: Scherpen, Rensch (Klaiber 78), Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico, Klaassen, Alvarez, Gravenberch, Antony (Idrissi 88), Tadic, Neres (Brobbey 64)
Subs not used: Ekkelenkamp, Kudus, Traore, Taylor, Kotarski, Kasanwirjo, Timber, Reiziger
Goals: Klaassen 39
Booked: Rensch, Martinez
Roma: Lopez, Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez, Peres, Diawara, Veretout (Villar 77), Spinazzola (Calafiori 29), Pellegrini, Pedro (Perez 89), Dzeko (Mayoral 77)
Subs not used: Santon, Ciervo, Milanese, Mirante, Fuzato
Goals: Pellegrini 57, Ibanez 87
Booked: Cristante, Peres, Calafiori