The full-time whistle goes at the Constant Vander Stock Stadium, and it has been a torrid night for Anderlecht, with Ajax winning the match 3-0 courtesy of goals from Alderweireld, Eriksen and El Hamdaoui - what a performance from the Dutch side! Thanks for joining us.
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- 1st Half
Anderlecht - Ajax
Europa League - 17 February 2011
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Just one minute will be added at the end of this second half, with Anderlecht desperately pressing for a solitary goal.
Kanu fouls Van der Wiel as Ajax win a cheap free kick, and Anderlecht's chance of finding a goal back are slipping away...
Alderweireld almost doubles his personal tally for the night with a firm header, but he cannot direct it on target!
Anita hurls two long throw ins down the line, and Ajax are seeing out the final minutes very efficiently.
Juhasz fouls El Hamdaoui, before Eriksen whips over a free kick from the right flank towards De Jong.
Both sides make changes as Anderlecht replace Gillet with Cheiko Kayoute, and Ajax bring on Aras Ozbiliz in place of Sulejmani.
Ajax make their first change as Daley Blind is replaced by Vurnon Anita.
Wasilewski attempts to make amends for his penalty miss with a run into the box to meet Gillet's corner, but he heads wide!
Boussoufa has been a real nuisance for Ajax all evening, and he continues to cause havoc with his presence in midfield.
Stekelenburg makes a very fine save as he flies out to punch the ball away amid a crowd of bodies.
Ebecilio unleashes a fierce shot from range, but it flies wide of the far post, with Proto having it well covered.
Tom De Sutter enters the field to replace Romelu Lukaku, and that is Anderlecht's first change.
GOAL!!!!! EL HAMDAOUI ADDS A THIRD! Eriksen turns provider as he whips over a superb cross from the right, and El Hamdaoui strikes a firm right-footed shot from the left of the penalty area beyond Proto to make it three!
Lukaku heads wide of the near post as he meets a fine cross from Gillet, and that was another glorious chance!
Ebecilio fouls Boussoufa, and Ajax are simply containing now with two away goals in the bag.
De Jong has to take a huge amount of credit for that second goal as his cross was absolutely pinpoint perfect.
GOAL!!!!!! ERIKSEN MAKES IT TWO! Anderlecht are made to pay for missing their penalty as Eriksen slams a left-footed strike beyond Proto from six yards and doubles the visitors' lead!
Enoh clears the danger under immense pressure, from Lecjaks, and that is good backtracking from the midfielder.
WASILEWSKI MISSES! The defender blazes his spot kick over the crossbar, and that is a shocking miss as Anderlecht remain behind!
PENALTY! Enoh hauls down Boussoufa in the penalty area, and now Anderlecht have a spot kick to level this match up...
Stekelenburg lumps a long ball upfield towards De Jong, and the midfielder battles away with Biglia.
Gillet meets a cross from Biglia and heads on target, but Stekelenburg is able to parry wide comfortably!
Kanu clears away another devilish delivery from Ebecilio which drifts over into the box ominously.
Eriksen swings over a deep corner to the back post, but the ball is cleared away superbly by Gillet.
The second half is underway, and Sulejmani immediately grabs control of possession for Ajax.
The half-time whistle goes, and Ajax take a 1-0 lead in at the break courtesy of Toby Alderweireld's 33rd minute header. Can Anderlecht respond?
Just one minute will be added at the end of this first half, with Ajax pressing very hard for a second goal.
The hosts are battling very hard in midfield in order to establish some control in the match, but Ajax are proving very tough to break down.
Lecjaks backtracks well to dispossess De Jong with a fine challenge in front of the back four.
Ajax clear through Blind, and the visitors can now build from the back.
Vertonghen scythes down Boussoufa, and the hosts have a free kick 30 yards out now...
Boussoufa has another shot from the edge of the Ajax penalty area, and the visitors are not closing him down very well as Stekelenburg has to save.
Boussoufa lets fly with a fierce strike from 25 yards out, and Stekelenburg can only tip the ball wide!
GOAL!!!!! ALDERWEIRELD GIVES AJAX THE LEAD! The defender puts the visitors in front with a powerful header into the corner of the net from 12 yards out, and Ajax lead 1-0!
Proto makes a sprawling save down low to his right as Sulejmani has a dig from the edge of the Anderlecht box!
Kanu fouls Sulejmani as Ajax win a free kick in their half, and the visitors can build...
Van der Wiel is making very good progress down the right for the visitors, and he whips over another devilish delivery which evades everyone in the box.
A scrappy period of play ensues as Biglia and De Jong clash in midfield on halfway, and neither side is able to dominate.
Wasilewski takes an attacking throw in for his side down the right, and the hosts are settling much better into this match now.
What a save from Stekelenburg, who throws himself low to his right to parry a fierce shot from Lukaku wide!
Boussoufa takes a corner from the right which is an inswinger, but Alderweireld clears upfield to good effect.
Suarez launches a long-range shot on target, but Stekelenburg makes a sharp save down low to his right.
Daley Blind is battling in midfield to good effect along with Enoh, and the pair are keeping Anderlecht honest.
Van der Wiel clears upfield under pressure from Suarez, and he does well to find safety.
Ebecilio refuses to be denied as he unleashes a fierce shot from 25 yards which drifts narrowly wide of the far post - he's getting closer!
It's all Ajax early on as El Hamdaoui also tries his luck from 30 yards, but again Proto is not tested.
Ebecilio lets fly from range, but his shot drifts well wide of the far post as he misses the target.
Proto races off his line to claim a loose ball as Ajax continue to pile on the pressure in their all-black strip.
Anderlecht are forced to defend deep inside their half as Frank De Boer watches the visitors enjoy some sustained pressure.
The first half is underway, and Anderlecht kick us off in this last 32 clash, with the hosts in their all-white strip.
Anderlecht host Ajax in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.