F/T: Ajax 3 Manchester City 1

City lead but a spectacular comeback from Ajax, aided by some poor City defending for the second goal, see City's Champions League hopes in total tatters after just three games. Thanks for your company at the Amsterdam Arena and I'll see you all soon.

FULL TIME. Ajax 3 Manchester City 1.

The wall does its job as Kolarov's free-kick is booted away and Ajax have surely left no room for a late City salvo here.

Balotelli wins a free-kick after Enoh's challenge and this is Kolarov territory as the winger sets up from 25 yards.

Tevez and Dzeko combine but the former just can't force the ball out of his feet. In the end City win a corner, but Kolarov's delivery is cleared at the near post.

Late change for the hosts as Schone is replaced by Boerrigter.

Dzeko gets his head to the corner, but he can only find the arms of Vermeer. Moments later though, Kolarov earns the visitors another corner.

Eriksen's tiredness shows as he gives the ball away, but wonderful work from Van Rhijn forces Kolarov's delivery behind for a corner.

City are on the front foot for now but as Aguero fires wide from the edge of the box, they do look vulnerable on the counter attack.

Dzeko nods the ball on to Aguero, but City's four strikers fail to create an opening and Ajax ends up defending stoically.

Schone displays tremendous control to hold up Blind's sprayed ball, but the fatigue starts to show in Van Rhijn who concedes a throw-in.

Vermeer is again on hand to punch away a free-kick from Nasri, and as Babel looks to break, Hart sprints out, showing wonderful anticipation to deny the striker a route to goal.

Nasri's excellent hold up play earns City a free-kick after Poulsen's hacking at his ankles, but Ajax are quite happy to retain possession when they get it and City are struggling to break the hosts down.

Toure enters the referee's notebook for a poor tackle on De Jong, after the City man was beaten for pace.

Milner heads off and Balotelli, City's fourth striker enters the fray.

Nasri turns brilliantly after controlling Toure's ball. He seems to receive a tug from Alderweireld which isn't penalised and in the end Ajax win the goal kick.

Yellow card for Kolarov who tripped Schone as the midfielder prepared to charge at goal.

Sana heads off for Ajax with Enoh the man replacing him.

City come close but Dzeko skips past Vermeer before his shot is charged down by Moisander. Straight up the other end, De Jong has a pop but Hart gets down quickly to keep the ball out the net.

Brilliant work from Clichy, who holds up the oncoming Eriksen, who continues to cause all kinds of problems for City's defence, and clears competently.

Mancini brings on another striker as Tevez comes on in place of Barry.

Controversy arises as Ajax are first denied a free-kick, before Dzeko is found by Milner and the striker wins a corner after a fabulous save from Vermeer.

City are well and truly on the ropes now as Eriken plays in Sana, who draws an exceptional save from Hart - who keeps City in this match for now,

Barry crosses in to the far post, but Alderweireld clears competently and Ajax breaks. Babel surges away but as he goes to shoot Kompany stands firm and blocks well.

It's incredibly unlucky for City, as Eriksen's shot comes off Clichy of all people, and leaves Hart no chance as it deflects past him into the net.


Babel cuts out Richards' ball to Milner, but after breaking forward, the best he can do is find Kompany who clears.

Kolarov's arrival nearly pays immediate dividents as he combines with Clichy before whipping into Milner who heads wide.

Milner whips the ball across the face of goal but catches Nasri and Aguero unawares, as Mancini's facial expressions continue to sour by the minute.

Amazingly, Clichy is apparantly sent to play as centre-back with Kolarov playing at left-back. A bold move from Mancini, which may either prove genius or completely ridiculous.

Lescott pays the price for that second goal and Kolarov comes on in his place.

Vermeer has stayed down after being felled by Dzeko while clearing Nasri's chip, and the medics are on the field for the Ajax keeper.

City take control of the ball as Milner switches wings. His ball to Dzeko is cut out by Moisander, before Nasri's hopeful chip is punched away by Vermeer.

Milner's delivery from the right is clipped behind by Van Rhijn as City win a corner. Vermeer positively punches away Nasri's cross in though as the hosts clear.

Moisander leaps ahead of Lescott from Eriksen's corner and his accurate header flies straight past Ajax. Poor defending from City who have let Ajax come from a goal behind to now lead.


Toure's crucial sliding tackle prevents Eriksen being played away by Poulsen, but Ajax's tremendous passing has resumed again, with Sana doing well to then earn a corner off Clichy.

Sana unleashes a thunderbolt that incredibly ends up swerving across the pitch and rolling out for a throw-in.

Milner goes in recklessly on De Jong, and the referee reprimands the City winger, his next foul surely to be punished with a booking.

City's forwards are playing incredibly high up, with their mentality looking far more menacing since the break. Meanwhile, Nasri cuts through Van Rhijn and ends up conceding a free-kick.

Babel fails to control Van Rhijn's sprayed ball across the pitch, but both sides have otherwise started off with good attacking intent so far.

Hart does well to claim the corner at the near post after Blind's ball managed to elude his team-mates at the near post.

Richards and Blind battle, with the City right back incredibly clearing off his own head to concede a corner.

Dzeko fires towards the near post to find Barry's run, but he fails to make proper contact with his header and ends up prodding the ball over the bar.

Aguero hogs the right side, whipping a nice ball into the box for Dzeko which Moisander narrowly out jumps the striker to head clear.

Clichy storms away from Sana before taking a clattering by Schone. No foul is given though and Ajax continue play.

City catch Ajax out as they attack quickly, with Aguero looking to shoot from a tricky angle before Aldereireld's crucial header takes the ball out of Milner's path.

Ajax kick off the second half.

De Jong's strike minutes before the interval has put Ajax level and put them into 3/1 (from 6/1) to get a home win against Man City. De Jong has been price-boosted to 11/1 to score the next goal of the game and Edin Dzeko is 8/1 to bag next and continue his excellent run of form. City are 5/4 to win from here and seal their first victory in this group.

James Partridge writes: "I can't see Man City winning this. I think Ajax will win 2-1 or maybe it will stay the same at 1-1. I'm not sure if City are confident in the champions league they are well below par tonight."

An entertaining half that Ajax have more or less controlled ends level, as De Jong's goal on the stroke of half time deservedly draws them level after Nasri's opener. Send your second half predictions to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

HALF TIME. Ajax 1 Manchester City 1.

Brilliant goal from De Jong, who skips away from Milner to meet Van Rhijn's whipped delivery from the right, forcing a wonderful strike past the helpless Hart. 1-1 and Mancini's half time team-talk will be completely altered.


Babel is the next to get frustrated with City's excellent organisation, firing from range and finding only the grateful hands of Hart.

Sana goes for glory with a rather optimistic drive - it has Hart wary but ends up safely behind goal.

Eriksen loses control after a poor touch and as the hosts' bodies pushed up, their latest attack ends with Clichy clearing away.

Eriksen plays it short but Schone's effort is terribly poor, and results in a frustrated moan from the Ajax faithful.

Milner charges through De Jong, and Ajax win a free-kick roughly 30 yards out from goal.

Van Rhijn is acting as an excellent outlet, but all play seems to end with him at the moment as Barry and Toure combine to cut out the runs of Eriksen and Sana.

City nearly recreate their goal after link up between Richards, Milner and Nasri but Van Rhijn cuts in tight and forces Nasri back away from goal.

Van Rhijn finds the run of Sana but an expert tackle from Lescott cuts off his progress as the hosts continue to be frustrated by their efforts in the final third.

Dzeko trips under Barry's excellent ball on the turn, and Ajax look to break forward until City's brilliant midfield display continues as they force the hosts' attack backwards.

Van Rhijn is picked out on the right, but his first touch lets him down and he is forced to cut inside Clichy, where he then goes for goal and fires powerfully over the bar.

Ajax really can attack from anywhere. Alderweireld plays a defence-splitting ball up to Babel but it carries too much weight and ends up being a routine claim for Hart.

De Jong goes down under Barry just outside the box, but no free-kick is given by the referee much to the home fans' chagrin.

Blind picks up a booking after a cynical shove on Dzeko.

Incredible play from Dzeko to backheel the ball into Richards' path, but after some confusion with Toure, the right back sees his shot parried by Vermeer.

Hart's poor clearance incredibly ends up finding Nasri, and City look to break but as Aguero chips the ball back into the box, it's the head of Moisander that meets it.

City chase incredibly well to deny Ajax creating any space in the final third, with the hosts' wonderful passing amounting to nothing for the time being.

Nasri is caught offside as City looked to have created another threatening position - with the hosts looking a tad stunned to be behind after their impressive start.

Aguero looks to make it 2-0, but solid defending from Alderweireld sees the striker's deflected only for a corner.

It's a brilliant goal from City. They've started extremely slowly but Richards' wonderful ball to Milner results in Nasri being played in, who finishes with aplomb past Vermeer. 1-0 to Man City!


Delightful play from Eriksen once more to lose Barry, before setting himself up to fire away, driving the ball marginally wide of the far post.

Van Rhijn floats a ball into the far post but De Jong can only get underneath the ball and ends up carrying it out of play for a City goal kick.

Ajax display some top drawer passing, with Clichy drawn into making a careless tackle on Schone to disrupt the home team's flow.

A long ball up from Poulsen finds Blind galloping forward but a timely interception from Hart steals the ball away from the oncoming left back.

Toure receives treatment as play draws to a halt. The City midfielder seems to be indicate he should be fine to continue, but Tevez has started warming up regardless.

Barry floors Babel but the referee plays the advantage until De Jong plays a loose ball. As Toure then catches Eriksen, the City man goes down with a knee problem.

Ajax play their way out of trouble wonderfully, much to the crowd's approval, and as they patiently play across midfield City are forced to hold their shape and hope to intercept.

Eriksen delays a through ball to Babel and it was a key delay as Kompany, who had lost his position, recovers to block off space to the Ajax striker.

Lescott looks to push up but runs into trouble in van Rhijn. City regain possession though and as Aguero turns to shoot, Alderweireld makes a timely tackle.

Nasri has shown impressive energy in hussling Ajax's midfield early on, and he ends playing a key role in winning back possession for Man City.

Eriksen receives the ball after a knock down from De Jong, and after beautiful control, he lashes a shot at goal which clips the side netting. Ajax have started the game extremely well.

Aguero gives chase to Barry's ball but Alderweireld anticipates the pass well and sprints across to cut it out.

Dzeko takes aim from a long way out, and in the end it's a poor effort that the striker ends up scuffing well wide.

Van Rhijn fizzes a pacey ball across goal, but Babel just can't latch on to it as it flies past the six-yard box without taking a touch.

A lovely move involving De Jong and Babel results in the former taking a shot, his curling effort from 20 yards flying narrowly over.

De Jong picks in Sana with an intelligent pass, the winger twisting and turning before his one-two with Poulsen is intercepted by Clichy.

Schone clatters into Barry trying to win a header and the Ajax man concedes a free-kick just on the edge of City's penalty box.

Ajax win an early corner after Kompany is forced to cut out Eriksen's ball from the left.

Manchester City get the game underway. Here we go.

With Edin Dzeko making a habit of saving City with late goals recently, the striker can be backed at 6/1 to net the last goal of the game tonight with our friends at Sky Bet.

Spain's finest, Ian Ashman, writes: "This year's campaign is very much like last year's. City were woeful against Bayern last season (away) & Real Madrid (away) this time. City drew at home with Napoli last season and the very impressive Dortmund team. Now we are up against the bottom of the pile Ajax, last year was Villareal. Is this an omen and could City win 2-0?"

Akshet Shetty tweets: "City are a great side with world class players. However Ajax are also good team with good players. I will go for 2-1 Ajax."

Andrew Layne tweets: "I see Manchester City nicking this at the last minute with a Dzeko goal 2-1 although Eriksen looks like he could be a right handful tonight."

The referee for tonight's clash is Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway).

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Milner, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Kolarov, Tevez, Nastasic, Balotelli, Evans.

Ajax: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Schone, Poulsen, Eriksen, Sana, De Jong, Babel. Subs: Cillessen, Enoh, Sulejmani, Boerrigter, Veltman, Dijks, Fischer.

Good evening everyone and welcome to the Amsterdam Arena for the Champions League Group D clash between Ajax and Manchester City. Full team news will appear here shortly, if you'd like to drop me a line in the meantime you can send an e-mail to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

Kick-off is 1945 BST.

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