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Ajax 1-2 Roma: Ibanez grabs stunning late winner for Serie A side in Europa League quarter-finals

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ajax 1 2 roma ibanez grabs stunning late winner for serie a side in europa league quarter finals

Roger Ibanez crashed home a spectacular volley two minutes from time to give AS Roma a come-from-behind 2-1 away win over Ajax Amsterdam in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.

A missed penalty and a horror goalkeeping slip cost Ajax dearly as they lost a halftime lead and now face a tough task in next Thursday’s return leg in Rome.

Ajax went ahead from Davy Klaassen’s goal six minutes before halftime and should have doubled the lead soon after the break but Dusan Tadic’s penalty was saved. 

Roger Ibanez (R) celebrates his late winner for Roma against Ajax in the Europa League

Roger Ibanez (R) celebrates his late winner for Roma against Ajax in the Europa League

Roger Ibanez (R) celebrates his late winner for Roma against Ajax in the Europa League 

Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the first away goal for Roma against Ajax on Thursday evening

Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the first away goal for Roma against Ajax on Thursday evening

Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the first away goal for Roma against Ajax on Thursday evening 

Pellegrini celebrates with his team-mates after his equaliser in the 57th minute in Amsterdam

Pellegrini celebrates with his team-mates after his equaliser in the 57th minute in Amsterdam

Pellegrini celebrates with his team-mates after his equaliser in the 57th minute in Amsterdam 

Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen had opened the scoring with a calm finish just before half-time

Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen had opened the scoring with a calm finish just before half-time

Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen had opened the scoring with a calm finish just before half-time

The Dutchman is mobbed by his team-mates after the opening goal of the quarter-final clash

The Dutchman is mobbed by his team-mates after the opening goal of the quarter-final clash

The Dutchman is mobbed by his team-mates after the opening goal of the quarter-final clash 

But it's advantage Roma with the two away goals ahead of the second-leg in Italy next week

But it's advantage Roma with the two away goals ahead of the second-leg in Italy next week

But it’s advantage Roma with the two away goals ahead of the second-leg in Italy next week  

Lorenzo Pellegrini equalised with a 57th-minute free kick, which slipped through the hands of Ajax’s 21-year-old back-up goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen.

Ibanez secured the last-gasp win as he chested down a poorly cleared corner before slamming the ball home from close range.

More to follow…  

MATCH FACTS  

Ajax: Scherpen, Rensch (Klaiber 78), Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico, Klaassen, Alvarez, Gravenberch, Antony (Idrissi 88), Tadic, Neres (Brobbey 64)

Subs not used: Ekkelenkamp, Kudus, Traore, Taylor, Kotarski, Kasanwirjo, Timber, Reiziger

Goals: Klaassen 39 

Booked: Rensch, Martinez

Roma: Lopez, Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez, Peres, Diawara, Veretout (Villar 77), Spinazzola (Calafiori 29), Pellegrini, Pedro (Perez 89), Dzeko (Mayoral 77)

Subs not used: Santon, Ciervo, Milanese, Mirante, Fuzato

Goals: Pellegrini 57, Ibanez 87

Booked: Cristante, Peres, Calafiori  

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