I couldn't speculate the Valencia before him Ajax, and did not do it. The combined of Albert
Celades he depended on himself to go round and got what he was looking for in the Johan Cruyff Arena after a suffered, although brilliant, victory against the ‘ajacied ’, who are eliminated and will have the consolation of playing the Europa League. A lonely goal of Rodrigo and a strong defense were the recipe of a proud Valencia, who pundonor accedes to the next phase as a brilliant first group.
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Diakhaby, the chosen one
The only doubt in the ‘eleven’ of Valencia was who would accompany Gabriel Paulista on the axis of defense. Albert
Celades He opted for Diakhaby even though something short of preparation came after several weeks of loss due to a muscle injury, and the choice seemed to prove him right.
The French central was insurmountable at a meeting start where the Ajax He put Valencia in serious trouble. Those of Ten Hag went out for all, with a suffocating pressure that seemed to short-circuit the che.
Rodrigo illuminates Valencia
The Valencia, but, was not daunted and took a step forward that was decisive to hit first on the scoreboard. The Ajax pressed very well the exit of Valencian ball, however his defense was not intoned and committed several losses that allowed the team of Celades steal in danger zone.
In one of them came the much che, work of Rodrigo. Ferran Torres subsided with the shot, but gave in to the Spanish-Brazilian, who had no mercy against Onana.
The both disoriented several minutes to an Ajax who began to get nervous when he was out of the Champions. A new robbery provided a new chance to score, but this time Rodrigo was not right against the goal and Onana managed to clear the danger.
Aware of the situation, Ajax came out like a whirlwind in the second half, starring three arrivals with some danger to the Valencian goal. But Valencia did not doubt back and initially managed to stop the push ‘ajacied’.
Intense harassment of Ajax
The intensity of the Dutch champion was increasing, but the success did not accompany Ten Hag's team. The tie went through the boots of Ziyech, which ended badly after a good service from Van de Beek.
The referee and the fierce defense of Valencia ended up deranging Ajax, unable to pierce the goal of an inspired Jaume Domènech.
Neither the expulsion of Gabriel Paulista served the 'Ajacied' to find a goal that would have qualified them, and the ticket for the eighths fell on the side of a proud Valencia that has ended up imposing itself in one of the strongest groups of this first phase of the Champions
0 – Ajax: Onana; Mazraoui, Blind, Veltman, Tagliafico (d. 89, Siem de Jong); Martínez, Van de Beek, Álvarez (m. 46: Dest); Lang (d. 70: Huntelaar), Tadic and Ziyech. Coach: Erik ten Hag.
1 – Valencia: Jaume Doménech; Wass, Diakhaby, Gabriel Paulista, Gayà; Carlos Soler, Coquelin, Parejo, Ferran Torres (d. 93, Mangala); Rodrigo and Gameiro (d. 53, Manu Vallejo). Coach: Albert Celades.
Goal: 0-1, m. 24: Rodrigo.
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) yellowed Alvarez, Tagliafico, Onana, Van de Beek and Tadic, del Ajax and Doménech, Parejo and Manu Vallejo by Valencia. Likewise, he showed direct red to Gabriel Paulista by a header to Tadic.
Incidents: match corresponding to the sixth and final day of the group H of the Champions League held at the Johan Cruyff Arena, in Amsterdam, before 53,590 spectators.