All football matches scheduled to take place in the Netherlands will continue as planned, except for a handful of matches that were to be played in Noord-Brabant. The decision was made at an emergency meeting held at the headquarters of Dutch football association KNVB, about the same time that health agency RIVM revealed that 503 people in the country have tested positive for coronavirus.
Ajax was eliminated from the Champions League after a 0-1 loss against Valencia in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Coach Erik ten Hag is very disappointed, calling the defeat unnecessary. "We had the opportunities, but we did not take advantage of it," he said, according to NU.nl. "This is incredibly bitter.
Ajax and Chelsea tied 4-4 in a crazy Champions League match on Tuesday. The Amsterdam team led 1-4 until they received two red cards on one play early in the second half. The team is furious, coach Erik Ten Hag and various players said to NOS.
The first goals for both teams were scored within the first minutes of the match - an own goal by Tammy Abraham and a penalty by Jorginho. During the rest of the first half, Quincy Promes and Hakim Ziyech brought Ajax to 1-3. Shortly after the break, Donny van de Beek made it 1-4 and the match seemed to be decided.
After two victories, Ajax suffered its first loss in the group phase of the Champions League against Chelsea on Wednesday. The match in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam ended 0-1 after a goal by Quincy Promes was rejected by the video assistant referee (VAR). The Amsterdam players feel "robbed".
Around 25 shops and liquor stores in the Red Light District will not be allowed to sell alcohol on Wednesday afternoon in the run-up to the Champions League match between Ajax and Chelsea. Bars will be allowed to serve alcohol, but only for consumption in the bar. The municipality of Amsterdam hopes to prevent problems caused by drunk football fans, Het Parool reports.
The Amsterdam police arrested 303 supporters of French football club Lille OSC at the Strandvliet subway station in Amsterdam on Tuesday for disrupting public order. The large group of football fans lit fireworks, used violence and walked on the subway tracks. By Tuesday night, eight of them were still in custody, the police said on Twitter.
With a 2-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday, Ajax is officially through to the Champions League. Coach Erik ten Hag and the team are delighted. "It feels like doping", Ten Hag said to RTL Nieuws after the match.
The first goal was scored in the first half of the match by Edson Alvarez, with an assist from Hakim Ziyech. The second was scored in the second half by captain Dusan Tadic, with an assist from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Ajax advanced to the Champions League playoffs with a 3-2 victory against PAOK Saloniki in Amsterdam on Tuesday. After a 2-2 draw between the Amsterdam and Greek teams in Thessaloniki last week, the one goal victory was just enough for Ajax to go through to the next round, NOS reports.
Dusan Tadic scored two goals from three penalties for the Amsterdam team. Nicolas Tagliafico scored the third. Diego Bisewar, the only Dutch player in Greek service, scored the visiting club's two goals.
PSV is massively disappointed with their elimination from the Champions League by FC Basel in the second qualifying round on Tuesday. But the Eindhoven team will pull themselves back up and focus on the Eredivisie, right back Denzel Dumfries and captain Pablo Rosario said, NU.nl reports.
Four Amsterdam men were sentenced to jail by a British court for causing an affray and assaulting a police officer before a Champions League match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on April 30th. The four Ajax fans are also banned from attending football matches in the United Kingdom for six years, the local police said in a statement.
Over 100 thousand people gathered on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Thursday to celebrate Ajax's 34th Eredivisie title and the team making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The party happened with no major incidents. A total of 26 people were arrested or various reasons, NU.nl and RTL Nieuws report.
The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate Ajax's victory in the Eredivisie and the Amsterdam team's great performance in the Champions League. For the first time since 2011, the celebration will be held on the Museumplein in the center of the city. The square opens to celebrators at 1:00 p.m., and the official festivities will start at 4:00 p.m.
The semi-final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in the Johan Cruijff Arena, and Ajax's last-second elimination from the Champions League, led to unrest in various places in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. The Amsterdam police arrested a total of around 30 people during the evening, NU.nl reports.
The Ajax players are extremely disappointed by their last-second elimination from the Champions League in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, but they are also proud of how far they've come and the impressive season they've had in the league.
What looked like a certain victory for Amsterdam's football club Ajax turned into heartbreak as the team was eliminated from the Champions League competition by Tottenham Hotspur in the last minutes of a spectacular match on Wednesday night in Amsterdam. Ajax fans were left in tears as the final whistle blew and their team lost the match 2-3, despite racking up a 2-0 lead in the first half of the semi-final match, even having entered the second leg carrying a 1-0 lead.
Excitement is mounting in Amsterdam as the Champions League semi-final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur approaches. Ajax fans are planning the "biggest entrada ever" at the Johan Cruijff stadium before the match. Statistically, Ajax has a very good chance to make it through to the finals or the first time since 1996, NU.nl reports.
Ajax fans made sure that the Tottenham Hotspur team did not get a good night's sleep by waking them at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday with a firework show. The Amsterdam supporters posted a video on Twitter showing them lighting fireworks at the Van der Valk Hotel in Amsterdam Zuid, where the English team spent the night.
Tottenham Hotspur warned the football club's supporters to steer clear of a number of bars in Amsterdam, in general advise to fans travelling to Amsterdam for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final match against Ajax. The match is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam Zuidoost.
The Amsterdam triangle of municipality, police and Public Prosecutor call on Ajax supporters to not light fireworks or torches before, during and after the Champions League semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The city will allow a so-called entrada, but only on Arenapark next to the stadium and only if no fireworks are lit.
Last week Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said that she will consider holding a celebration on the Museumplein should Ajax win the Champions League. But the people who live around the square are against such a party. "Unfortunately, at this time the Museumplein can no longer handle this party", residents' association Vereniging Buurtbelang Museumplein said in a letter to the mayor, Het Parool reports.
The letter is signed by six board members of the association. Exactly how many residents the association represents, is not clear.
Tickets for the Champions League semi final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in Amsterdam next week have already sold out. Desperate fans are searching online trading sites for a way to still see the match, where tickets are being offered at sky-high prices. Beware of scammers, the Dutch police warn.
While Ajax is delighted with their 0-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, the team emphasized that it is not yet time to celebrate. The Amsterdam team is a big step closer to the Champions League final, but they still face a difficult job in the return at the Johan Cruijff Arena next week.
"We stand with one toe in the final. It is no more than that", Ajax defender Joel Veltman said to NU.nl reports. "Tottenham has a top team, they can still rectify this."
The first Ajax match in a Champions League semifinal in 22 years ended in surprise with a narrow victory against Tottenham Hotspurs. The first leg with Tottenham was played at the Spurs' stadium in London, where the hometown crowd was no doubt disappointed by a performance fairly dominated by the Amsterdam squad.
Ajax is facing of against the Tottenham Hotspurs in London tonight in the first semi-final match for the Champions League. While fans are optimistic about the Amsterdam team's chances, the bookies currently favor Tottenham.