AC Milan 0 – Ajax Amsterdam 2


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With a hand on the stomach of Holland World Cup midfielder DEMY DE ZEEUW (20) to keep the Ajax Amsterdam midfielder at bay, AC Milan’s two-time World Cup forward RONALDINHO, who has won 88 caps and scored 32 goals for Brazil in his career, attempts to settle the ball at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in northern Italy. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
12/8/2010

0 – AC Milan (ITA)
2 – Ajax Amsterdam (HOL) ——— de Zeeuw 57′, Alderweireld 66′

A determined effort for the new head coach resulted in a pair of deserved second half goals as visiting Dutch Eredivisie side AJAX AMSTERDAM defeated hosting Italian Serie A club AC MILAN 2-0 in Group G of the UEFA Champions League.

Ajax Amsterdam took the game to AC Milan immediately and would continue to apply pressure throughout the game as the 21-9 advantage for shots-at-goal would indicate. In fact, if not for the work of Italy international MARCO AMELIA between the sticks for the Rossoneri, the defeat for the home side might have easily been much heavier. The 28-year-old Amelia, on loan to AC Milan for the season from FC Genoa, was credited with eleven saves by the official website of the UEFA Champions League.

Even though French club AJ Auxerre lost in Madrid and, thus, Ajax Amsterdam would have claimed third place in Group G and the resulting spot in the UEFA Europa League this spring anyway, the away win in Milan was still a fine way for de Godenzonen to begin the managerial tenure of FRANK DE BOER.

The 40-year-old de Boer, the former Ajax Amsterdam and two-time World Cup defender who earned 112 caps for the Netherlands over the course of his playing career, replaced the preceding MARTIN JOL, who resigned on December 6.

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Serbia international MIRALEM SULEJMANI (7) of Ajax Amsterdam, whose proposed season-long loan to Premier League side West Ham United collapsed when the 22-year-old winger did not receive an English work permit from the Home Office back in August, seeks to escape the clutches of AC Milan’s 34-year-old veteran international defender MARIO YEPES (76), who has collected 72 caps and scored four goals for Colombia in his day, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
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AC MILAN : Amelia ; Bonera, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Antonini ; Flamini (Boateng 26′), Ambrosini (Ibrahimovic 63′), Pirlo, Seedorf ; Robinho (Merkel 76′), Ronaldinho

AJAX AMSTERDAM: Stekelenburg ; van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Enoh ; Emanuelson, de Jong (El Hamdaoui 84′), Eriksen, de Zeeuw (Lindgren 82′) ; Sulejmani, Suarez (Tainio 90+2′)

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(Reuters photo)
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On the heels of a rocket fired into the lower corner of the net for Ajax Amsterdam’s first goal of the match against AC Milan, Holland World CUp midfielder DEMY DE ZEEUW (20) races off trailed by 18-year-old Denmark World Cup midfielder CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (8) — the youngest participant at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa — and Holland U-21 international midfielder SIEM DE JONG (10) at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in northern Italy. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)
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