AFC AJAX vs FC BARCELONA
Date: Wednesday 5 November, 2014.
Time: 8:45 pm.
Venue: Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam.
Referee: Pedro Proença.
• Luis Suarez is set to make his Barca Champions League debut against Ajax, his former club where he came into limelight in Europe.
• Luis Suarez played 159 games in a three year spell for the Eredivisie outfit, scoring 111 goals.
• Both team coaches Frank de Boer and Luis Enrique both played for FC Barcelona.
• Ajax and Barcelona have only met thrice in the UCL with 2 wins for Barca and 1 for Ajax.
• Lionel Messi needs just two goals to equal Raul’s all-time UCL goal record of 71 strikes.
• A total of 22 players have played for both Ajax and Barca.
• The last fixture between this two sides at the Amsterdam Arena ended 2-1 in favour of the Dutch club.
• Barcelona will qualify automatically for the next round if they beat Ajax and APOEL fail to beat PSG in the other Group 5 game.
• Ajax come into this game on top form winning their last 3 games with Barcelona registering two consecutive loses.
• Barcelona lies 2nd in group F, one point behind leaders PSG and 4 point above Ajax.
Ajax: Viktor Fischer (hamstring).
Barcelona: Thomas Vermaelen (thigh), Sergi Roberto (groin), Jeremy Mathieu (calf), Andres Iniesta (calf).
AFC AJAX 1-3 FC BARCELONA
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