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Champions League qualification hangs in the balance tonight as we head to Amsterdam, looking to beat Ajax Vrouwen and progress to the group stage of the competition.
The away goals rule has been scrapped in the competition this season, so both teams go into this match level pegging once more.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference, manager Jonas Eidevall and captain Kim Little both stressed the importance of this game, as Champions League football is a huge ambition for our club year-in, year-out.
Prior to this season, Ajax last competed in the Champions League in the 2020-21 season before a group phase had been introduced to the tournament.
As a result, the Dutch side are looking to reach the group stage for the very first time, and they have a real chance of doing so after beating Eintracht Frankfurt in the first round of qualifying before drawing 2-2 with Arsenal last week.
Romee Leuchter gave Ajax the lead in the first leg, but goals from Stina Blackstenius and Kim Little looked to have secured Arsenal a precious victory.
However, Leuchter proved to be Ajax’s hero as she netted her second goal of the game, ensuring that the tie remains on a knife-edge ahead of the second leg.
With no league game at the weekend, Ajax have had a week to prepare for the second leg, and they will hope that their fresher legs can give them an edge over the Gunners.