Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated with the third qualifying round stage on the UEFA Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna as Monaco advanced which has a 4-0 convert Swiss side Young Boys.
After having a 2-2 first-leg attract the Austrian capital the other day, Ajax were strong favourites to succeed for the play-off round, nevertheless they suffered a torturous night with the Amsterdam Arena. Frank de Boer’s men let a 2-goal lead slip at the Ersnt-Happel Stadion yesterday along with the visitors — seemingly buoyed by that comeback — started where they left off the other day.
Slovenian international Robert Beric — the scorer of Rapid’s equaliser inside first leg — tormented Ajax again because he squeeze Austrian side in the front after 12 minutes before Louis Schaub doubled their lead before half-time. Ajax, who had reached the group stages in each of the last four seasons, hauled themselves back to the match and levelled the aggregate scores at 4-4 due to goals by Polish international Arkadiusz Milik and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.
But just as the tie seemed set for additional time, Rapid Vienna — who last reached the Champions League group measures in the 2005/06 season — struck a decisive blow after 77 minutes via Schaub’s second goal with the night. Rapid make the play-off round after a 5-4 aggregate victory.
Last season’s quarter-finalists Monaco are in to the play-off round following a thumping 4-0 second-leg convince Swiss side Young Boys. The Ligue 1 side — who reached the 2004 final where we were looking at beaten by Portuguese giants Porto — were already 3-1 up from last week’s first leg in Bern and finished the job handsomely at the Stade Louis II due to a blistering second-half display.
utfifa16.co.uk/ had been semi-finalists in the European Cup back in 1958/59, retained some hope of getting back to the tie with the second leg goalless at half-time. But Monaco — third in Ligue 1 last season — struck fourfold in 23 devastating second-half minutes to inflict a crushing 7-1 aggregate defeat about the Swiss capital club.
Ivan Cavaleiro — a large-money summer arrival from Portuguese champions Benfica — curled in the superb opener after 54 minutes before further goals from Layvin Kurzawa, Anthony Martial and another new signing Stephan El Shaarawy saw Monaco run riot.
Meanwhile, Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb survived a fun filled comeback by Norwegian side Molde to advance on away goals after having a 3-3 second-leg draw. While using the tie level after a 1-1 bring in Zagreb a week ago, the visitors looked to get in hiding after scoring three goals within the opening 22 minutes for the Molde Stadion.
However the Norwegian champions hit back with three second-half goals to go out of Zagreb hanging on, though the hosts couldn’t obtain the fourth goal that may have place them through with the visitors’ expense.
Cypriot champions APOEL stick to course to get a second successive appearance in the group stages despite single-0 second-leg loss to Danish champions Midtjylland. The Cypriots were beaten by Erik Sviatchenko’s early goal in Nicosia but progressed on away goals after having Fifa 16 Coins to selling