Poor refereeing denied Davy Klaassen a perfectly good goal as 10-man Ajax were held to a 0-0 draw by Legia Warsaw in Poland.
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The Amsterdam side began the game brightly and on seven minutes Davy Klaassen prodded an effort on goal which was ruled to have been saved on the line by Legia goalkeeper, Arkadiusz Malarz. However, replays showed the full ball had indeed crossed the line and despite an official standing yards away and staring right at the incident, no goal was given.
Ajax had most of the ball but some poor defending by Daley Sinkgraven led to a chance for the hosts, but Andre Onana was on hand to deny former PEC Zwolle striker Tomas Necis. At the other end, Hakim Ziyech and Bertrand Traore both went close but the biggest chance fell to Kasper Dolberg on the stroke half-time. Amin Younes set the striker up with a lovely pass but the Dane blazed wildly over the bar.
That Dolberg chance proved to be the closest Ajax came to breaking the deadlock, despite Peter Bosz’s side controlling the second half. In the 83rd minute, Kenny Tete was sent off after being shown his second yellow card, but Legia Warsaw couldn’t make the extra man count.
Ajax take a draw back to the Amsterdam Arena for the second leg next Thursday where a win will be needed to book a place in the last 16.