Everyone expected a fierce starting Ajax, but the team from Amsterdam let the ball go from foot to foot. It was Roma who took the lead, but Veretout was offside. Roma had it easier than expected and controlled the opening phase. Afterwards, Ajax came close to the opening goal several times via Tadic and Klaasen, but scoring was not possible. So possession of the ball and the better chances were for Ajax, but we entered the dressing rooms 0-0.
Ten Hag brought Brobbey at the expense of Anthony at the start of the second half and that paid off. The nineteen-year-old striker who will play for Leipzig next season, pointed the ball over Pau Lopez in goal and gave Ajax the lead. A few minutes later, Tadic shot the 0-2 against the ropes, but the VAR rejected the Serbian’s goal. Tagliaficio made a foul on Mkhitaryan beforehand. Ajax kept pushing and looked for the 0-2 that would qualify them, but it got the lid on the nose. The inevitable Edin Džeko leveled the signs again. His 117th already for AS Roma.
Ajax tried to force extensions, but was no longer successful. Roma will advance to the semi-finals. Arsenal, Manchester United and the Spanish Villarreal also feature in those semi-finals. Arsenal won with a convincing 0-4 figures against the Slavia Prague of ex-Anderlecht player Stanciu. Villarreal eliminated Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester United had no problems with the Spanish mid-engine Granada.