The duels in the third qualifying round of the Champions League between Standard Liege and Ajax are catalogued as risicomatchen. Both clubs have Thursday decided not to loose to sell tickets for the verplaatsingswedstrijden.
Standard and Ajax are counting on thousands of supporters going to the away games of their club. That will only can by bus with an estate car arrangement. Not a single supporter comes up on its own in the bezoekersvak. Only supporters that are on the shared bus, get access. The Locals recommend that parents order their children to Liege.
Previous encounters between the two clubs led to serious riots. In 2000, fans of both clubs before and after a practice game in Liege with each other on the fist. Also two years ago, both teams are in their mutual duels in the group stage of the Europa League to fur. Liège fans threw when in the Amsterdam ArenA flares to the hometown audience. In the second leg at Sclessin names fans of Ajax revenge. They threw fireworks on the field so the match is temporarily interrupted.
Standard receives Ajax on 7 August at Sclessin. The second leg will be on August 14th at the Amsterdam Arena. The strongest out of the two duels played between 21 and 29 August play-offs for a ticket to the group stage of the Champions League. The loser may feel comforted by a place in the group stage of the Europa League.