Ajax boss Frank de Boer felt his side blew a great opportunity to secure a UEFA Europa League spot following their Matchday 5 UEFA Champions’ League group stage 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
Having already seen their hopes of progressing to the Champions League last-16 dashed, the Dutch side are playing for third place in Group F.
Yet they wasted a chance to seal their spot at Parc des Princes, slumping to a loss despite performing impressively.
It did seem Ajax might have probably grabbed a surprise win in Paris on Tuesday when Davy Klaassen cancelled out Edinson Cavani’s opener midway through the second half, but Amsterdam Arena old-boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic restored the hosts’ lead before Cavani scored a second to leave Ajax facing a make-or-break home clash with APOEL Nicosia in Matchday 6 of the competition.
“If there was a night to qualify for the Europa League then this was definitely it,” said De Boer.
“We got to 1-1, but went back behind due to two errors. We should have won here actually; it’s a crying shame.”
Goalscorer Klaassen echoed his head coach’s sentiments, adding: “We needed to get out more [from the game]. PSG was ripe for the slaughter.”