Ajax has also won the fifth game in the group stage of the Champions League. In Istanbul, the team from Amsterdam defeated Besiktas 1-2 and with that they secured the group win in the group. Tournament top scorer Sebastién Haller accounted for both Ajax goals in the second half.
At Ajax, André Onana returned to the base after a doping suspension of nine months. After a handball from Noussaïr Mazraoui, the Cameroonian goalkeeper was unable to prevent Besiktas midfielder Rachid Ghezzal from hitting from the penalty spot. Moments later, his foot blocked a Cyle Larin shot from the goal.
In the first half Ajax did not offer much in return. Coach Erik ten Hag exchanged the summer million purchase Mohammed Daramy for Haller at half-time, who had already scored seven goals in the Champions League until Wednesday. Within ten minutes, the Frenchman scored the equalizer, on a pass from Nicolás Tagliafico.
Champions League top scorer
With just over twenty minutes to go, Haller determined the final score at 1-2 for Ajax. He was in the right place to extend a Lisandro Martínez bet into a goal. In injury time, Haller even thought to make his third, but a hat trick was canceled due to offside. His two goals keep the French striker level with fellow top scorer Robert Lewandowski. Both attackers have scored nine goals so far.
On December 7, Ajax will play the last game in the group stage of the Champions League. The opponent is Sporting Lisbon, which travels to Amsterdam. Ajax is already assured of group victory in the group, after, among other things, major victories over the German top club Borussia Dortmund.
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