Besiktas 1-2 Ajax: Sebastien Haller continues fine form in Champions League

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Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring for AjaxSebastien Haller has scored 18 goals in 18 games for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie and the Champions League this season

Ajax striker Sebastien Haller continued his stellar goalscoring form in the Champions League as the Dutch giants came from behind to beat Besiktas on Wednesday.

A penalty from Algeria's Rachid Ghezzal gave the Turkish side the lead at the break, but Ivory Coast international Haller struck twice in the second half as Ajax extended their 100% record in Group C.

Haller, 27, has now scored nine goals in his first five appearances in Europe's top continental competition, netting in each game.

Only Alessandro del Piero (Juventus, 1995-96), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, 2013-14) and Erling Braut Haaland (RB Salzburg, 2019-20) have previously scored in their first five Champions League outings, with none of that trio extending their run to their sixth appearance.

And Haller's tally betters the eight goals notched by Haaland in the Norwegian's first five games.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham man now has 18 goals in 18 appearances for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie and the Champions League this season.

Meanwhile, the match also saw Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana make his first club appearance for Ajax since 31 January.

The 25-year-old, who served a nine-month ban for a doping violation, had returned to competitive action earlier this month for the Indomitable Lions in qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

Line-ups

Besiktas

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 34Günok
  • 2Rosier
  • 24Vida
  • 4MonteroSubstituted forUysalat 81'minutes
  • 77Meras
  • 15PjanicSubstituted forUçanat 81'minutes
  • 14TopalSubstituted forHutchinsonat 81'minutes
  • 18GhezzalSubstituted forBatshuayiat 67'minutes
  • 90Teixeira SantosSubstituted forBozdoganat 59'minutes
  • 7Nkoudou
  • 17LarinBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 8Uçan
  • 9Batshuayi
  • 10Özyakup
  • 12Bozdogan
  • 13Hutchinson
  • 20Uysal
  • 23Souza Silva
  • 28Karaman
  • 30Destanoglu

Ajax

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Onana
  • 12MazraouiSubstituted forTimberat 72'minutes
  • 3SchuursSubstituted forRenschat 77'minutes
  • 21Martínez
  • 31TagliaficoSubstituted forBlindat 77'minutes
  • 6Klaassen
  • 8Gravenberch
  • 7Neres Campos
  • 23BerghuisSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 30DaramySubstituted forHallerat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10Tadic

Substitutes

  • 2Timber
  • 9Pereira da Silva
  • 15Rensch
  • 16Gorter
  • 17Blind
  • 19Labyad
  • 22Haller
  • 25Taylor
  • 32Pasveer

Referee:Irfan Peljto

Attendance:11,712

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Besiktas 1, Ajax 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Besiktas 1, Ajax 2.

  3. Foul by David Neres (Ajax).

  4. Cyle Larin (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Offside, Ajax. Devyne Rensch tries a through ball, but David Neres is caught offside.

  6. Attempt blocked. David Neres (Ajax) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

  7. Cyle Larin (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Davy Klaassen (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Cyle Larin (Besiktas).

  10. Hand ball by Kenneth Taylor (Ajax).

  11. Attempt missed. Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Can Bozdogan following a set piece situation.

  12. Sébastien Haller (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Foul by Sébastien Haller (Ajax).

  14. Umut Meras (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Foul by Kenneth Taylor (Ajax).

  16. Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Attempt saved. Lisandro Martínez (Ajax) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

  18. Substitution, Ajax. Kenneth Taylor replaces Steven Berghuis because of an injury.

  19. Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Valentin Rosier.

  20. Lisandro Martínez (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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