"Geta, Geta, Geta!", Sang the three thousand fans of the Getafe expeditionaries in Amsterdam when in the final minutes it became clear that Ajax would not be able to lift 2-0 in the first leg. The revelation team of LaLiga handled the situation like the old kills-kills experts to get out of one of the great venues of world football much more than airy. He lost by the minimum after sending three shots to the sticks and suffer the cancellation of a goal of questionable irregularity. But he got into the knockout stages of the Europa League with hardly any frights on a trip that elevates him on a rigorous basis since the ascent to Primera in 2017.
Andre Onana, Perr Schuurs, Daley Blind, Sergiño Dest, Lisandro Martínez, Donny van de Beek, Ryan Gravenberch (Huntelaar, min. 74), Eiting, Danilo (Quincy Promes, min. 45), Babel and Tadic.
David Soria, Mathías Olivera, Damián Suárez, Etxeita, Djene, Marc Cucurella (Kenedy, min. 93), Nyom, Mauro Arambarri, Nemanja Maksimovic, Mata (Timor, min. 90) and Deyverson (Jorge Molina, min. 69).
0-1 min. 4: Kill. 1-1 min. 9: Danilo. 2-1 min. 62: Mathías Olivera (pp).
Daley Blind (min. 65), Lisandro Martínez (min. 75), Eiting (min. 92), Danilo (min. 10), David Soria (min. 10), Etxeita (min. 97), Nyom (min. 40 ), Mauro Arambarri (min. 27), Mata (min. 46) and Huntelaar (min. 97).
Ajax and Getafe shared equivalences in an exciting hand in hand. In their respective fields they were less firm than in the opposite field. The Getafe because he lacks safe feet; Ajax because it is carried away by self-indulgence and because it lacks aggressive defenses. There the blade of the sword of the team of Bordalás put before the minute five was fulfilled. He forced three kicks. Getting closer to the bottom line. On the third, Olivera passed the ball to Deyverson who put Schuurs's body, let her dribble and focused her on the first stick where Mata was. The Madrid player turned to Lisandro Martínez and scored.
The 0-1 plunged the Johan Cruyff Arena into a sudden melancholy. The stadium had warmed like the embrasure of a volcano in the wetland. It had been raining and snowing on Holland for days, coinciding with the darkest part of winter, as if the atmosphere accompanied Ajax in its shortage. Punished for the dismantling of the semifinalist squad of the Champions League a year ago, the team asked for help. He was protected by his fan. The crowd made a more militant journey than ever; He sang the unofficial anthem, Blood, Sweat and Tears, accompanying André Hazes with redoubled fervor and heard a harangue of President Van der Sar, microphone in hand, from the court.
Ajax stirred with greatness at the 0-1 blow. Ten Hag restored the strength to the blurred team that went through Madrid. First, placing clairvoyant Tadic on tip; then, delaying Lisandro to the defense axis to start the game boldly; and finally betting on two daring youth players, the left-handed Eiting in the midfielder and the fast indoor Gravenberch with Van de Beek. Getafe found it difficult to press this chain of players, even though he worked hard to exploit the throw-in for and against. When Ajax managed to step on half of the rival field, it made a dent. The swaps of Tadic, Pereira, Babel, Van de Beek and Gravenberch ended up opening gaps in the rear. Thus came the response of Ajax. In a collective play invented by Tadic from the midpoint, matured by De Beek and topped by Pereira: 1-1.
Getafe managed the crisis from the discipline. He did it under a constant whistle, his players pointed out by suspects of pretending every time they fell to the grass. The tension moved to the benches, where Ten Hag faced Bordalás in an incident punished with sanctions for the two technicians. "There was an important spirit of intimidation here," Bordalás complained after the game.
Towards the end of the first part, Getafe was able to resolve the tie each time he prowled the opposite area. At the exit of a corner Mata sent a header to the crossbar, and after pressing a throw-in Deyverson shot himself to the post.
With a goal against Olivera, who accidentally touched the ball thrown by Eiting in a foul, Ajax returned the ardor to his stadium. But the knot of the party was in the most bureaucratic aspects. In the covers, in the unchecks, in the supports and constant aid the Getafe knew to bog down the Ajax. Increasingly irregular, the Dutch team ended up frustrated. A Maksimovic stick and a goal annulled to Mata for offside were an epression of Getafe's dominance, just rewarded with the pass to eighth.
With a goal against Olivera, who accidentally touched the ball thrown by Eiting in a foul, Ajax returned the ardor to his stadium. But the knot of the game was in the most bureaucratic aspects of football, where each team put all the concentration to keep the lines high, to close spaces, and to correct positional mismatches. In these procedures, Getafe knew how to bog down Ajax, deny him auction shots and celebrate his deed.
Results of the round of 16
Braga, 0; Rangers , 1 (4-2 in the global)
Basaksehir , 4; Sp. Lisbon, 1 (5-4)
Gent, 1; Rome , 1 (1-2)
Malmö, 0; Wolfsburg , 3 (1-5)
LASK , 2; AZ, 0 (3-1)
Porto, 1; Leverkusen , 3 (2-5)
Espanyol, 3; Wolves , 2 (3-6)
Basel , 1; Apoel, 0 (4-0)
M. United , 5; Witches, 0 (6-1)
Arsenal, 1 - Olympiacos , 2 (2-2)
Celtic, 1; Copenhagen , 3 (2-4)
Benfica, 3; Shakhtar , 3 (4-5)
Inter , 2; Ludogorets, 1 (4-1)
Ajax, 2; Getafe , 1 (2-3)
Seville , 0; Cluj, 0 (1-1)
Salzburg; Frankfurt (postponed due to bad weather)
* Bold classified teams
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