Champions League hopes fade as Ajax lose again to Napoli

Post-match keeper Remko Pasbia and the Daily Blinds. Photo: Maurice Van Steen ANP

Ajax’s hopes of reaching the knockout rounds of this year’s Champions League competition were shattered on Thursday after Amsterdam Mars lost 4-2 to Napoli and Liverpool were overwhelmed 1-7 by Rangers.

Third place in Group A is the most realistic option for Ajax, who have three points from four games.

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Last week, Ajax lost 6-1 to Napoli in the first leg in what was the worst defeat in European football.

“It may sound a little strange that we just lost 4-2, but I think we played a good game,” Dutch coach Alfred Schreuder told RTL7 after Wednesday’s game. “I have to admit [Napoli] A formidable enemy. You can see it in the way they play, the tempo, everything.

Ajax will play Liverpool at home on 26 October and Rangers away on 1 November.

On Thursday night Alkmaar’s AZ, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord will all be in action in European football.

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