In the second round of Group A of the Champions League competition on Tuesday night, ¡Liverpool defeated its visiting Ajax 2-1.
Liverpool – Ajax Played on 09/13/ 2022
The two goals for Liverpool came from Mohamed Salah (17th) and Joel Matip (89th), while Mohamed Kadous netted the 27th goal for Ajax.
After losing its opening encounter in the group to Napoli 1-4, Liverpool improved their record with this victory to 3 points, while Ajax’s score remained unchanged at 3 points.
With the help of fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Costas Tsimikas, Joel Matip stood alongside Virgil van Dijk in the center of the Liverpool defense. Fabinho served as the pivot player, while Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara moved in front of him. behind the attacking combination of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Salah.
In contrast, Ajax coach Alfred Schroeder used a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the back line
consisting of Devin Rench, Gorin Timber, Calvin Basi, and Daley Blind; Edson Alvarez
partnered with Kenneth Taylor in the stadium’s center; and the trio of Dusan Tadic, Stephen
Bergwis, and Stephen Bergwijn, positioned behind Mohamed Kadous, behind the striker.
¡Liverpool vs Ajax
Liverpool was the striker who opened the game. In the fourth minute, Tsimikas pounced on
a defensive rebound in the left corner of the Ajax penalty area and fired, but it missed the target.
However, In the 17th minute, Liverpool took the lead after Diaz’s header found Jota, who
then passed the ball to Salah, who received it on the right side and scored.
In the 22nd minute, the home team came close to scoring again when the Ajax defense
stopped Van Dijk’s header and allowed Diaz to shoot from the centre of the penalty area right next to the goal.
Players for Ajax wanted a penalty kick when Kados was allegedly fouled, but the referee did
not count anything. Moments later, Jota struck a ball from the edge of the penalty area, and
Psphere eliminated the threat in the 47th minute.
Again, Van Dyck came close to scoring for Liverpool in the 51st minute, but Tsimekas’ free
kick beat out his header.
In the 54th minute, Elliott struck the area where goalkeeper Pacifer was stationed, and in the
60th minute, Van Dyck tried his luck once more with a new header that erred into the goal.
Elliott and Jota were replaced in the Liverpool lineup by Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez,
and Ajax lost the chance to progress in the 75th minute when Blind’s header from Tadic’s
cross went just wide of the far post.
When Nunez followed Salah’s pass while crawling next to the far post in the 83rd minute,
Liverpool came dangerously close to scoring.