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Suarez instrumental in Ajax success
by Paul Kennedy, August 4th, 2010 11:02PM

TAGS:  netherlands, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Luis Suarez is at it again. The Uruguayan, who scored 35 goals in the Dutch league last season and was instrumental in the Celeste's fourth-place finish at the World Cup, scored to help Ajax earn a thrilling 3-3 tie at Greek club PAOK and move into the playoff round of UEFA Champions League qualifying that begins in two weeks.

Ajax was held to a 1-1 tie in Amsterdam and trailed 1-0 in the second leg when Suarez scored just after the break.

Siem de Jong and Rasmus Lindgren put Ajax ahead 3-1, but PAOK rallied for goals by Dimitris Salpingidis and Vladimir Ivic.

Ajax, European champion in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1995, will learn its opponent on Friday. It has not reached the group stage since 2005-06.

The 20 teams in the Champions League playoffs will be paired in 10 series -- five for 2010 league champions and five others for 2010 non-league champions.

Champions Bracket:
Seeded teams
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Sparta Prague
Unseeded teams:
Red Bull Salzburg
Sheriff Tiraspol

Non-champions Bracket:
Seeded teams:
Werder Bremen
Zenit St. Petersburg
Tottenham Hotspur
Unseeded teams:
Dynamo Kiev
Young Boys

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