A night of glory for Rome: the only representative of “Calcium” who had reached the quarterfinals of these Euro tournaments will play the semi-finals of the Europa League, in which he will face Manchester United, who left Granada out. If in the first leg Paulo Fonseca’s team beat Ajax 1-2 at the Johan Cruyff Arena, this Thursday in the second leg they qualified the ‘giallorossi’ 1-1.
Ajax did from the first moment what they had to after the defeat in the first round: attack without ceasing, against a very uncreative Rome in attack. In the first half, a goal to Veretout was disallowed for offside. He was practically one of the few signs of life for the ‘giallorossi’ at an offensive level in the first half.
After the dominance of Ajax did not serve to get ahead on the scoreboard, finally in the 49th minute Erik ten Hag’s men scored thanks to a goal from Brian Brobbey, who knew how to anticipate Pau López, goalkeeper of the ‘giallorossi and key in the first leg by stopping a penalty.
The changes paid off for Ten Hag: Perr Schuurs, who had entered in the 22nd minute for Sean Klaiber (in this case due to the player’s physical problems) was the one who served the ball, in a very direct play, to Brobbey, who substituted to Antony after the break.
Ajax had a goal disallowed by Dusan Tadic for a previous foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, not without some controversy. All this against a Rome that was still almost non-existent in attack. But in the 72nd minute, a hard blow for Amsterdam: Edin Dzeko leveled, taking advantage of a ball sent by Calafiori after a personal move after Ryan Gravenberch deflected the ball.
Indeed, Ajax was very touched after both the Bosnian striker, a blow from which he no longer recovered. The 1-1 opened the doors for Roma to the semi-finals of the Europa League, in which United awaits.