Player Ratings: Ajax 1-2 Juventus

Posted on 18/02/2010


Ajax dominated for long spells, but Juve took the spoils. Here’s the tale of the tape from the night’s events at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Buffon: 6.5 – No keeper likes to be nutmegged, but couldn’t be held accountable for Sulejmani’s goal. Left stranded a couple of times and made a couple of fumbles, but safe enough to see Juve through.

Zebina: 5 – Was far too slow to make his mind up about going to Sulejmani, allowing the Ajax man to open the scoring. Looked out of place on more than one occasion after that and was unsurprisingly replaced at half-time.

Legrottaglie: 5.5 – Lucky to get away with the challenge on Sulejmani which resulted in a yellow card for the Ajax man, especially having just picked up a booking himself for dissent. Still has that habit of making horrible misjudgments at times too.

Chiellini: 7 – A colossus as ever at the back, although he could also have made headlines at the other end had he netted a decent headed chance immediately after Ajax had taken the lead.

Marchisio: 6 – Earned himself one of the daftest yellow cards you’re likely to see, but generally looked much better after switching to a natural midfield position in the second half. Wing-back is not his bag.

Sissoko: 6.5 – Often ran out of ideas on the ball and ran into midfield partner Felipe Melomore than once. Improved as the game went on, providing the necessary support for the back four as Ajax began to lay siege.

Felipe Melo: 6.5 – Didn’t look entirely comfortable as the Ajax midfield continued to pass the ball around him, but got to grips with the game a little more in the second half.

De Ceglie: 7 – Provided two great crosses for Amauri in the first half, one of which was converted, and a nice bit of play in the build-up to the winner. Also battled very well defensively throughout.

Diego: 6.5 – Ran with heart and was involved in many half-chances which Juve created, but couldn’t provide any killer blows.

Amauri: 8 – A changed man. His two goals and his general work-rate were exactly what Juve needed on the night given the amount of pressure they were always going to be put under.

Del Piero: 7.5 – His great piece of skill led to the first goal and he was afforded plenty of space to be creative in the last third. Was the architect of the winner with a magnificent less-footed cross for Amauri. He’s looked like Del Piero again in the last five days.

Grygera: 6 – Provided a more solid presence than Zebina when Juve switched to a back four, which will have pleased Alberto Zaccheroni, but was outdone by Suarez on several occasions.

Salihamidzic: NA – Brought on for Amauri to bolster the midfield.

Trezeguet: NA – A late replacement for Diego.

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