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De Boer rues Ajax´s Camp Nou collapse

Ajax manager Frank de Boer was frustrated with his side’s second-half performance in the 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

The Dutch champions trailed 1-0 at half-time following Lionel Messi’s thunderous free-kick in the Group H fixture, which marked the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Messi added a second in the 55th minute and Gerard Pique made it three before the Argentina international completed his hat-trick to hand Gerardo Martino a comprehensive victory on his Champions League debut.

And De Boer, a former Barca player, was left to rue Ajax’s inability to build on a solid first-half display at Camp Nou.

“I was satisfied with the first half,” he said. “We almost created as many chances as they did.

“It is a shame that very quickly in the second half we conceded the second goal.

“We also gave away two goals at the end. That is what really annoys me.”

Wed 18 September, 2013
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