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Ajax advances in UCL amid crowd trouble

(CNN)Ajax reached the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in 13 years but the Dutch club's 2-0 win at AEK Athens was marred by violent clashes both in and outside the Athens Olympic stadium on Tuesday.Visiting supporters had to shield themselves from flames during clashes with Greek riot police prior to the start of the game after a petrol bomb and flares were reportedly thrown in the direction of the Ajax fans.Pictures showed Ajax fans clashing with Greek police and at least two supporters being left bloodied. Eleven people were "hospitalized" with minor injuries, a police spokesman told AFP.Neither governing body UEFA or the two clubs have yet to comment on the violence.Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt tried to calm things d ...