Auxerre claimed their first points of their UEFA Champions League campaign with a hard fought 2-1 win against Ajax. Steven Langil scored seven minutes from time to give the French outfit the three points.
Having led almost all night thanks to Frederic Sammaritano's ninth-minute strike, Auxerre suffered a late scare when Toby Alderweireld levelled with 11 minutes left, but Langil stepped in to snatch the win.
Sammaritano scored with Auxerre's first chance of the game, latching onto Julien Quercia's pass to beat Maarten Stekelenburg with a shot into the right-hand corner of the net. Demy De Zeeuw could have responded immediately for Ajax, but missed the target from close range. The chances came thick and fast at both ends, with Valter Birsa heading wide and then sending a 25-yard shot left of the target. At the other end, both De Zeeuw and Rasmus Lindgren tried their luck from long range, but their efforts were blocked.
Quercia headed over the bar for Auxerre as both sides were wasteful in front of goal. Indeed, Stekelenburg did not make his first save until five minutes before the break when Birsa headed on target from Benoit Pedretti's free-kick. The goalkeeper was called on again early in the second half, but easily held Cedric Hengbart's long-range shot.
Adama Coulilaby had a good chance to double Auxerre's lead ten minutes into the second half, but headed over from close range after meeting Pedretti's cross. Ajax continued to sending most of their shots wide, with Suarez, De Zeeuw and Mounir El Hamdaoui all missing gilt-edged chances. However, the Dutch outfit finally found an equaliser in the 80th minute, with Alderweireld meeting Suarez's cross from the left to head home. They were level for just four minutes before Langil finished from close range, earning Auxerre the points.