Ajax v Legia Warszawa background

Ajax and Legia Warszawa will meet in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie with nothing between the teams after a 0-0 draw in Poland.

• Ajax defender Kenny Tete was sent off six minutes from time in the Polish capital on 16 February. Justin Kluivert, the 17-year-old son of former Ajax forward Patrick, made his European debut as a substitute but was soon withdrawn after the dismissal of his team-mate. 

Previous meetings
• Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik scored three goals against his compatriots as Frank de Boer’s Ajax beat Henning Berg’s Legia 1-0 at home and 3-0 away in the 2014/15 round of 32. Current Ajax defender Nick Viergever scored the other goal.

• The teams for their last Warsaw meeting on 26 February 2015 were:
Ajax: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Boilesen, Van der Hoorn, Klaassen (Sinkgraven* 82), Kishna (Schöne 74), Milik, El Ghazi*, Serero* (Riedewald* 71), Viergever*, Bazoer*.
Kuciak, Dossa Júnior, Jodłowiec*, Guilherme*, Masłowski, Kucharczyk*, Vrdoljak, Rzeźniczak*, Broź*, Żyro, Sá.
* registered to play for the club in this season’s competition

Highlights: Legia 0-0 Ajax
Highlights: Legia 0-0 Ajax

• Legia’s nine games against Dutch sides have ended W2 D2 L5 (W1 D0 L3 in the Netherlands). Ajax’s only encounters with Polish teams are those previous matches against Legia.

Form guide
• Ajax advanced through the group stage unbeaten (W4 D2) after losing to Rostov in the UEFA Champions League play-offs. They are unbeaten in nine European home games (W4 D5), including wins in the most recent three.

• Legia have won only one of their last eight continental fixtures – a 1-0 success against Sporting CP on UEFA Champions League matchday six.

• Ajax last made it through the round of 32 in 2014/15, when they beat Legia en route to an away-goals loss to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. They lifted the UEFA Cup in 1992 to complete a full set of major UEFA trophies; they were European champions in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995 and claimed the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1987.

Daley Sinkgraven (Ajax)  Miroslav Radović (Legia)

Ajax’s Daley Sinkgraven tracks Miroslav Radović©AFP/Getty Images

• Ajax eliminated Legia the last time they reached the round of 32. Legia have not triumphed in a springtime European tie since 1990/91, when they overcame Sampdoria before losing to Manchester United in the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup – the closest they have come to winning a UEFA competition.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Warsaw to Amsterdam is around 1,100km.

• Ajax need four more goals to reach 600 in UEFA club competition. With 596 in 365 games, they have averaged around 1.63 goals per game so far.

• Ajax (1992) are one of seven former UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League winners in the round of 32, along with Tottenham Hotspur (1972, 1984), Borussia Mönchengladbach (1975 1979), Anderlecht (1983), Schalke (1997), Zenit (2008) and Shakhtar Donetsk (2009).

Watch Ajax complete European sweep
1992 UEFA Cup final highlights: Ajax v Torino

• Legia are one of eight domestic champions involved in the round of 32, along with Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL), APOEL (CYP), København (DEN), Olympiacos (GRE), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR), Astra Giurgiu (ROU) and Beşiktaş (TUR).

• Legia’s Georgian international midfielder Valeri Kazaishvili played under Ajax boss Peter Bosz at Vitesse (2013–16).

The coaches
• A Dutch title winner as a midfielder with Feyenoord, Bosz returned from Israel to take charge of Ajax in May 2016. Bosz has managed Heracles and Vitesse in the Netherlands, also briefly coaching Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

• Coach since September 2016, Jacek Magiera first joined Legia as a player in 1997, spending the remainder of his career in Warsaw and joining the club’s coaching staff after retiring. He has a degree in history, his masters’ thesis having covered the origins of football club badges.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Ajax’s record in five UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L4:
L 4-2 A v Steaua (2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32)
L 4-2 N v Juventus (1995/96 UEFA Champions League final)
W 4-3 N v Grêmio (1995 European/South American Cup)
L 4-2 A v Bohemians Praha (1984/85 UEFA Cup second round)
L 5-3 A v Levski (1975/76 UEFA Cup third round)

• Legia have yet to feature in a UEFA penalty shoot-out.

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