Fifa coins - Sturm Graz vs Ajax
Sturm Graz coach Heiko Vogel is impressed by Ajax, the opponent in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. The 42-year-old German thinks his team is facing an almost impossible task after the 2-0 defeat of Wednesday-evening in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. "It was a match between a top team and a non-top team, like David against Goliath", he said after the game against various media. "It's really weird that Ajax was only able to score after a mistake by our goalkeeper and after a penalty, they have won deservedly, Ajax has already shown on the transfer market where it wants to go and has now also expressed it in the field." Ajax was clearly stronger on its own field than Sturm Graz and took early lead by Hakim Ziyech, who scored thanks to a blunder from keeper Jörg Siebenhandl. In the second half, the goalkeeper stopped a penalty by Lasse Schöne, who still made it 2-0 in the rebound. Barely Because of the result in Amsterdam and the difference in power between both teams, Vogel realizes that the chance of the next round is minimal for Sturm Graz. "I said in the run-up to the game that it would be difficult and now it is hardly feasible for us, our fans were superior and I'm sorry for them that we lost 2-0." Captain Stefan Hierländer had a little more hope. "We have to convert the button, many passes did not arrive and we have to do better in the return, and with the home crowd behind us it is still possible", he said. When Ajax finishes the next week in the return in Austria, it will meet Standard Luik in the third preliminary round. After that, a round has to be survived for a spot in the main tournament of the Champions League. If the team from Amsterdam is still eliminated by Sturm Graz, it will continue in the preliminary round of the Europa League.