Dynamo Kiev 1 Ajax Amsterdam 1

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Dynamo Kiev 1 Ajax Amsterdam 1

Martin Jol's Ajax take an away goals advantage back to Amsterdam for next week's return Champions League play-off against Dynamo Kiev.

Both teams lined up with a similar defensive structure, deep-lying central defenders, fullbacks pushed high up hugging each touchline and a defensive midfielder the hub responsible for moving the ball out of defence.

Neither team shone as bright as the imposing Subbuteo style cornered floodlights, Ajax's fluid 4-3-3 system making better use of possession and production of chances.

Ten minutes it to the second half promising Dynamo youngster, Denys Garmash was dismissed for a second bookable offence, an artless tackle sliding through darting central defender, Jan Vertonghen. From the resulting set play 30 metres out, De Zeeuw wiped in, Vertonghen glance, heading the ball passed stretched out Dynamo keeper, Koval to add to his goal from the weekend. At seventeen years old, Dynamo's Koval displayed promise, making useful stops from Suarez and El Hamdaoui.

One nil up Ajax had chances to end the tie, they didn't and Husyev equalised from a flick on long ball right through the heart of the Ajax defence.

On balance however, Jol leaves Kiev disappointed the tie is still an open contest after his team failed to capitalise with the extra man, Ajax should progress to the league stage next week though, but it will not be easy.

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