Sebastien Haller of the Ivory Coast scored his tenth goal in as many games this season as Ajax beat Besiktas 2-0 on Tuesday to move to the top of Group C in the Champions League.
After Steven Berghuis had opened the scoring at the Johan Cruyff ArenA, Haller, who joined the Dutch league holders from West Ham in January, kneeled home his effort shortly before the break.
This season, the 27-year-efforts old’s have aided Erik ten Hag’s team to the Eredivisie title.
They also lead Borussia Dortmund by three points in Europe, with the Germans visiting Sporting Lisbon later.
“It would have been considerably easier if we had scored that third goal. Unfortunately, it was not the case,” Ajax captain Dusan Tadic told RTL7.
He continued, “The wonderful thing was we preserved a clean sheet.”
After 17 minutes, Netherlands playmaker Berghuis scored his second goal of the season, taking advantage of some questionable Turkish marking in the box before firing home.
With an unorthodox finish from a swinging Berghuis cross two minutes before halftime, Haller made his contribution.
Inter Milan, the Serie A champions, are still winless in Europe this season after a 0-0 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Oleksandr Usyk, a Ukrainian, was a spectator in Kiev just days after defeating Anthony Joshua on points to become only the third boxer in history to win both the cruiserweight and heavyweight world titles, following Evander Holyfield of the United States and David Haye of the United Kingdom.
After colliding with Netherlands winger Dumfries, the host team’s attacker Lassina Traore was stretchered off after 11 minutes.
The right leg and ankle of the Burkina Faso international were caught beneath Dumfries’ body before the 20-year-old was assisted off the pitch, his hands covering his face. Tete was brought in to take his position.
Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella had the finest chance of the first half, hitting the crossbar with a shot after a quarter of an hour.
With three minutes left, Inter were inches away from a victory when Andriy Pyatov, the Shakhtar goalkeeper and captain, pushed Joaquin Correa’s curling shot past the post.
Inter defender Milan Skriniar told Sky Sport, “We wanted the three points, we came close to winning, we’re a little unhappy by the result.”
“It wasn’t easy, but I was pleased with my teammates’ defense.”
Inter are in third place, with Shakhtar in last place, before Sheriff Tiraspol, who are making their first appearance in the tournament, face 13-time champions Real Madrid.
In a rematch of last season’s semifinal, May’s runners-up Manchester City face Paris Saint-Germain, with the Parisians opening at home with an attacking three of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe.