UEFA Champions League

February 26, 2003

Full-time

Ajax Amsterdam

0 - 0

Arsenal

Group B

19:45 +00:00, February 26, 2003

Amsterdam ArenA, Netherlands

  • 90'

    With Roma, previously pointless, thrashing Valencia 3-0 in Spain the group is no clearer. This group could go right to the wire.

  • 90'

    Honours even between the two teams for the second week running. Arsenal didn't deserve the win but neither did Ajax in a game of no clear cut chances.

  • 90'

    A long Lobont hoof is the end of it.

  • 90'

    Arsenal's last chance? They encroach. And then waste a free-kick.

  • 90'

    Maxwell and Chivu combine to get the ball clear.

  • 90'

    Pienaar comes off for Sneijder, an 18-year-old.

  • 90'

    Mido fouls Vieira. van Bronckhorst takes the kick. Knocked away and nearly at the feet of Van Der Meyde from Witschge.

  • 90'

    Panic in the Ajax defence. Henry nods down. van Bronckhorst fires across but Jeffers cannot get there. Nearly a golden goal.

  • 88'

    Mido shrugs off Keown and shoots from nearly forty yards. Ambition.

  • 87'

    Henry's kick is headed away by Mido. He gets it back but gives away a goal-kick.

  • 87'

    Pires is replaced by van Bronckhorst, not a popular man in the ArenA considering his Feyenoord past.

  • 85'

    Henry wins a free kick.

  • 85'

    Ajax again hold the ball. Arsenal chase shadows. But Pires wins it back.

  • 84'

    Van Der Meyde's kick is very poor and Cole, in the wall, knocks it away.

  • 83'

    Free-kick to Ajax. Zlatan comes off to be replaced by Mido, the Egyptian starlet.

  • 82'

    Chivu's ball to Trabelsi is poor. But he makes up for it by stopping Jeffers.

  • 81'

    Henry drops his shoulder and shoots. Lobont claims with scant trouble.

  • 80'

    Arsenal keep the ball after some Ajax pressing. Witschge fouls Gilberto.

  • 78'

    Subs for Arsenal: Wiltord and Bergkamp replaced by Parlour and Jeffers.

  • 77'

    Zlatan showed brilliant skill. Pienaar forces Keown into a mistake. But Zlatan fouls on the one-two.

  • 76'

    Van Der Meyde beat Lauren and Gilberto came across well.

  • 76'

    Free-kick will be bent in. Witschge misses everybody with his effort.

  • 75'

    Vieira is carded for a foul on De Jong. Harshly.

  • 74'

    Zlatan bears down on goal - he threads it to Van Der Meyde, seemingly in on goal but his feet let him down.

  • 74'

    Chivu gets a towering header in to clear away. De Jong completes the job.

  • 72'

    Pires gets a run at the chance. He gets away but his shot is over the bar.

  • 71'

    Keown did well to head away when Maxwell was lurking behind and may have had a chance to shoot at Seaman.

  • 70'

    Pires and Henry combine to give away a goal-kick. Frustration for the Gunners continues to mount.

  • 69'

    De Jong fouled Campbell when he had a chance to get through on goal.

  • 68'

    It beat everyone except Vieira. He hits a snap-shot which Lobont catches first time.

  • 68'

    Van Der Meyde clips Pires on the knee. Free-kick to be taken by Bergkamp.

  • 66'

    Chivu and Witschge show real composure in stopping an Arsenal move in its tracks.

  • 65'

    Trabelsi's pace is such that he charges offside before Pienaar can deliver.

  • 64'

    Pires plays Wiltord through on the right. His cross knocked behind by Pasanen. Pires' kick is really poor.

  • 62'

    Zlatan controls well. But he is outnumbered and the ball is knocked clear. Bergkamp goes down under a Galasek tackle.

  • 62'

    The Romanian skipper fires over the bar.

  • 61'

    Ajax with a slow build up. Zlatan stopped by Gilberto. A free-kick given. Chivu will hit.

  • 60'

    Witschge on the chase. Campbell came across well to get the ball clear.

  • 59'

    Zlatan heads away. Wiltord loses possession.

  • 58'

    Henry wins a corner from Trabelsi.

  • 58'

    Vieira is chasing hard. But Chivu is equal to anything so far thrown at him.

  • 57'

    Van Der Meyde troubles Arsenal. Ajax having the better of this.

  • 56'

    Vieira stops Pienaar's turn. Henry couldn't get away.

  • 55'

    Henry hits a great effort from fully forty yards. No corner given as Lobont looked to knock behind. Maybe an offside.

  • 54'

    Henry is fouled by Galasek. He makes sure he wins a free-kick.

  • 53'

    They threaten again. Seaman claims a cross. Zlatan had nearly escaped. Ajax are stepping it up.

  • 52'

    Ajax spring into action. Trabelsi and Pienaar create a chance for Zlatan. Lauren knocks behind for a corner.

  • 50'

    Nice stuff. Maxwell gives it to Van Der Meyde. Great ball with Zlatan ready to nod in. Lauren just does enough.

  • 49'

    Campbell concedes a free-kick. Taken short for another slow build-up.

  • 48'

    Ball balloons nearly into Zlatan's path. Campbell clears. Lauren has to do a similar thing when Trabelsi lashes a cross in.

  • 46'

    Ball drifts out from a Maxwell hoof. Lauren heads out as Zlatan comes across.

  • 46'

    The Gunners, after a leisurely stroll back to the pitch, start off. Wiltord is stopped from an attack.

  • 45'

    Ajax have a gameplan and so far it has stopped Arsenal getting at them. 0-0 reflects a rather drab half.

  • 45'

    Henry nearly creates a final opening with a wonderful piece of skill. His cross is stopped by Pasanen. The last action before the ref blows up - though not in the explosive sense.

  • 45'

    Into added time, of which there is one minute left of an even half.

  • 44'

    Ajax looking to want to play out the half here. Van Der Meyde offside when a ball is sprayed across by Trabelsi.

  • 43'

    Van Der Meyde is obstructed. Ajax build slowly but the ball is slipped to Van Der Meyde. Lauren comes across to stop him.

  • 41'

    Campbell plays it back to Seaman with Zlatan threatening.

  • 41'

    Henry plays the ball through. Wiltord chases but Lobont shepherds it out.

  • 40'

    Bergkamp is thwarted by Chivu on the edge of the box.

  • 40'

    Zlatan glitters on the ball but his flick can't beat the defence.

  • 39'

    De Jong is fouled. Vieira is booked.

  • 38'

    Cole on the goal-line heads clear with Seaman in no-man's land. Van Der Meyde nearly got in there when the ball was crossed. Testing times.

  • 37'

    Trabelsi is fouled by Pires. Free-kick chance for Ajax. Chivu to hit.

  • 36'

    Neat flick from Henry. Bergkamp finds Wiltord. Ball fired in. Lobont hacks clear.

  • 35'

    Pienaar's threaded pass is stopped and Arsenal break. Wiltord goes down a blind alley and Ajax can clear.

  • 34'

    Pires gets away. Bergkamp down the right channel. He fires across goal. Henry could have made it. A waste for Arsenal.

  • 32'

    Pienaar ruins a neat move by fouling Cole. Ajax passing it around very nicely indeed.

  • 30'

    Chivu is wasteful when he could have released Zlatan.

  • 30'

    Zlatan shows great skill, beating two men and threading it wide to Van Der Meyde. He charges in for a cross but Seaman claims.

  • 28'

    Bergkamp can't control the ball. Pires has it but all of the Ajax team are behind the ball.

  • 28'

    Witschge sweeps up in midfield. Pienaar turns. Trabelsi runs into Pires.

  • 27'

    Cole concedes a free-kick. Ajax again keep the ball.

  • 26'

    Taken short and kept rather than thrown at the goal. Keown clears away. Berkamp shows good control but is outnumbered.

  • 25'

    Zlatan gets a chance when Trabelsi makes a run. The ball loops away for a corner.

  • 23'

    Galasek stops Pires in his tracks. Van Der Meyde wins a throw.

  • 23'

    Witschge is sold short by Van Der Meyde. Arsenal play that slow build-up again.

  • 22'

    Bergkamp can't get away from the Ajax defence. The tale of the tape so far.

  • 21'

    They keep it at the back for an age. And are roundly booed to that end.

  • 20'

    Zlatan wanders offside. Ajax lose the ball. Arsenal content to keep it now.

  • 19'

    Maxwell tries to play in Pienaar. His flick evades Zlatan.

  • 18'

    Pires breaks into a charge. Chivu slides across to stop at the last gasp.

  • 18'

    Ajax well-organised at the back. They'll let Arsenal keep it as long as they can get back in numbers.

  • 17'

    Trabelsi careers down the wing. A throw-in to Ajax. Zlatan can't chest it down to Pienaar.

  • 16'

    Now Ajax keep it. Gilberto comes across to smash Pienaar to the ground. Arsenal break. Wiltord gets space but smashes wide.

  • 15'

    Bergkamp nearly got in when the ball was hit long. Pasanen dithered but Bergkamp can't get enough on the ball. Goal-kick.

  • 13'

    Lauren fouls Van Der Meyde. Ball back with Ajax. But Henry of all people does well to claim it. Vieira strides forward.

  • 12'

    Arsenal dominating possession with Pires himself dominant. Wiltord and Henry link. But Ajax force them back.

  • 10'

    Ajax clear the ball. Arsenal shwoing the better attacking stuff at present. Pires roasts Trabelsi but loses the ball.

  • 10'

    Keown is wasteful. Seaman forced into hurried clearance. Cole chases hard, showing real skill.

  • 9'

    Pires holds the ball for an age, showing strength and vision to find Gilberto. He can only fire wide and high however.

  • 6'

    Van Der Meyde threatens but shows poor control.

  • 6'

    Ball crossed. Back-header from Pires reaches Lobont's hands.

  • 6'

    Bergkamp chases down the channel. Cole backs him up. He wins a corner.

  • 5'

    Chivu picks up the ball. Ajax go down the left. Zlatan loses it. But they get it back. Slow build-up.

  • 4'

    Bergkamp is fouled. Gunners play keep-ball rather than go for the throat.

  • 3'

    Pires threatens. He's stopped but Arsenal keep it. Henry tries a shot from the edge of the area but a good save stops him.

  • 2'

    Seaman comes out to clear. Good anticipation. Chivu gets time on the ball. Ajax move breaks down when Cole comes across.

  • 1'

    Van Der Meyde threatened but Gilberto takes the ball only to be fouled.

  • 1'

    The Gunners need a win here in a cauldron-like atmosphere. Their fans may be feeling the effects of the local amenities but the locals are used to it. Their team takes the kick-off.

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    A first choice line-up for the Gunners while Ajax, still understrength, pick the same team as last week. Only Martin Keown of the two teams didn't start last time out. Pascal Cygan steps down.

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