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Ajax Amsterdam keep perfect record against Besiktas, Inter Milan beat Shakhtar Donetsk

Istanbul: Sebastien Haller continued his Champions League scoring spree with two second-half goals as Ajax Amsterdam came from behind to beat Besiktas 2-1 on Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) and clinch top spot in Group C.

Haller came off the bench at the start of the second half and netted goals in the 54th and 69th minutes as Ajax overturned a half-time deficit to keep up their 100 per cent run in the group.

Sebastien Haller celebrates the second of his two second-half goals for Ajax in Istanbul.

Sebastien Haller celebrates the second of his two second-half goals for Ajax in Istanbul.Credit:AP

The 27-year-old Haller has nine goals in five games in the group phase, tied with Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich in this season’s Champions League scoring charts.

The Ivory Coast striker has now scored in his first five Champions League matches, a feat only previously achieved by Alessandro Del Piero, Diego Costa and Erling Haaland. He is the first player to score nine goals in his first five matches in the competition.

“I just tried to keep my focus, stay in the game and, yes, be important for the team,” he told Dutch television.

Besiktas, who have lost all five of their group matches, went ahead after Ajax fullback Noussair Mazraoui handled the ball and Rachid Ghezzal tucked away a 22nd-minute spot kick.

UEFA Champions League matchday five results

Wednesday:

  • Dynamo Kiev 1 Bayern 2
  • Villarreal 2 Manchester United 0
  • Chelsea 4 Juventus 0
  • Barcelona 0 Benfica 0
  • Sevilla 2 Wolfsburg 0
  • Malmo 1 Zenit St Petersburg 1
  • Lille 1 RB Salzburg 0
  • Young Boys 3 Atalanta 3

Thursday:

  • Besiktas 1 Ajax Amsterdam 2
  • Inter Milan 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0
  • 7am: Manchester City v Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting Lisbon v Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid v AC Milan, Liverpool v Porto, Club Brugge v RB Leipzig, Sheriff Tiraspol v Real Madrid

But Ajax did not take long to impose their supremacy and equalised after a long pass out of defence from Lisandro Martinez set Nicolas Tagliafico away down the left wing and his square ball provided an easy conversion for Haller.

Ajax’s winner came from Dusan Tadic’s free kick, initially falling to Martinez who miss-hit his shot but Haller stuck out a lanky leg to steer the ball home.



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