Europa League Round of 32 First Leg Review: Part 5

AFC Ajax vs. Steaua Bucuresti

AFC Ajax vs. Steaua BucurestiThe beautiful Amsterdam Arena was venue to a very interesting match on the night of February 14th, when two very strong teams tried to secure a spot in the Europa League Round of 16. The Romanian side was very strong from the beginning, but the home side was even more productive in front of the goal. One first-half goal ensured Ajax were confident as they headed for the break, and another goal as soon as they came back ensured that they would go to Bucharest with a significant advantage. Despite a 2-0 loss, Steaua had more attempts (9) than Ajax (7) according to statistics. Ajax had better chances than Steaua, and took them well as was expected. Stanislav Todorov issued five yellow cards between the two clubs during this match. Steaua’s Pintilli picked up two yellow cards and was the only player to get sent off during this match. He was sent off on the 90th minute.

Frank De Boer and Laurentiu Reghecampf lined up the following squads:

Ajax Starting XI:

Vermeer, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Van Rhijn, Eriksen, De Jong (c), Schone, Isaac Cuenca, Fischer, Sigthorsson

Subs: Cillessen, Veltman, Dijks, Serero, Lukoki, Poulsen, and Boerrigter

Steaua Starting XI:

Tatarusanu, Gardos, Latovlevici, Rapa, Chiriches, Pintilli, Chipciu, Bourceanu (c), Popa, Nikolic, Rusescu

Subs: Stanca. Szukata, Filip, Prepelita, Leandro Tatu, Adi Sobrinho, and Costea

Final Score: AFC Ajax 2-0 Steaua Bucuresti

Alderweireld 28′, Van Rhijn 48′

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Olympique Lyonnais

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Olympique LyonnaisLondon, White Hart Lane to be more precise, was the venue for perhaps the most interesting match in England on that night. Three goals were scored between the two teams, and both teams showed almost equal strength. Both squads had good chances and had almost an equal number of attempts (8 for the Spurs and 9 for Lyon). These two teams were tied in almost every aspect of the game, from saves by their respective goalkeepers to fouls committed by their defenders; and numbers don’t lie! Three yellow cards were picked up between the two teams on the night; 1 by Tottenham and 2 by Lyon. No players were sent off during this match.

Andre Villas-Boas and Remi Garde lined up the following teams:

Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI:

Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Dembele, Dempsey, Lennon, Parker (c), Adebayor

Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Holtby, Livermore, and Sigurdsson

Olympique Lyonnais Starting XI:

Vercoutre, Lovren, Fofana, Reveillere, Bisevac, Umititi, Lacazette, Gonalons (c), Malbranque, Lisandro, Gomis

Subs: Lopes, Kone, Dabo, Ferri, Benzia, Grenier, and Ghezzai

Final Score: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais

Bale 45′, 90+3′, Umititi 55′

Written by Ange Marline