Jordanian international Suleiman was bound determined to try again and hit the side of the net with his final effort.

If Ajax thought that being overrun and stretched by the Cypriot team was the only problem.

Things got worse when they saw Mazraoui sent off for a second yellow card, after making a clumsy and reckless challenge.

While Ajax still has home-field advantage in the second leg, and are favorites to progress.

Many more performances like that will see them struggle to advance to the later stages like last year.

Apoel will be disappointed to not be taking a lead to Amsterdam, but will no doubt be optimistic if Ajax turns up in the same mood as they did last night.