Ajax firmly held the French Ligue 1 tittle-holders PSG last night in their Champions League Group F opener as the game finished in a flat result of 1-1.
A 14-minute opener from Edinson Cavani left PSG hopelful for a glory night in Ajax, but it was an hour later that the Dutch found the back of the net that turned completely off the French.
Ajax's Lasse Schone 25-yards free-kick cancelled the Uruguayan's goal in the 74 minute, the ball drifted above wall and found the left top corner of the net. PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu put a touch on it but it was too good to be saved.
PSG looked more than average last night giving away 50 per cents of the overall possession, and it wasn't clinical at all upfront having only six shots on target in 15 attempts.
Nonetheless, the French were more active in their opponent half than there own winning six corner balls, compared to one for Ajax.
But Ajax were at the required level last night that allowed them to leave hold player Zlatan away from their net, and it did work quite well as the Swedish forward did not add to the score.
Looking very good in the attack Ajax were close to take the lead just before the 80-minute mark, winning another free-kick.
Out from 35 yards the midfielder Schone took another world-class free-kick kicked, another stunning ball that, unfortunately, hit the pots after the Italian keeper just put a finger on it, the ball bounced back in the area but were cleared by PSG.
It was a frustrating night for many in France seeing the Ligue 1 Champions struggling at Zlatan's former home, and, really, PSG's boss Lauren Blanc must quickly sort the problems with his side and find the pace his squad can provide - it shouldn't be a problem with the likes of Cavani; Zlatan; Pastore and Lavezzi upfront.
With Barcelona also in Group F, it is vital that PSG win the next games against the Spaniard and APOEL, as the Dutch are capable of winning the big one of the Group against 'Barca' after they slimly won 1-0 at home to the Cypriots.
If PSG cannot go through the Group stages this year it would be a frustration for the rest of the season, as the French must move one step forward and start to win European night and trophies again to earn back their reputation.
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