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90' + 2'
M. Batshuayi
Yellow Card
C. Bozdoğan
Yellow Card
B. Vardar
U. Meraş
S. Haller
S. Berghuis
2 - 0
S. Berghuis
D. Tadić
1 - 0

Match Stats

70% 29%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 0
Total Passes 706 287
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Ajax AJX Ajax 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9 W W W
2 Borussia Dortmund BVB Borussia Dortmund 3 2 0 1 3 5 -2 6 L W W
3 Sporting CP SCP Sporting CP 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3 W L L
4 Beşiktaş BJK Beşiktaş 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6 0 L L L


8th Finals
UEFA Europa League


Thanks for joining me for this coverage of Ajax's 2-0 victory over Besiktas in the Champions League group stages.
The hosts extend their lead at the top of Group C to three points ahead of Dortmund's game with Sporting. They play the German side next time out as they look to advance to the next stage. For the visitors, they remain third in the group and are only kept off the bottom on goal difference. They host Sporting next time out but face a tough task to make it out of the group after losing their first two games.
Ajax make it two wins out of two in the Champions League with an easy 2-0 win that could’ve been many more. The scoreline doesn't tell the full story as they missed chance after chance to extend their lead. Berghuis made it 1-0 after 17 minutes before Haller doubled his side's advantage. Haller and Tadic both missed great chances at the end of the first half before the French striker missed a couple of great chances in the second half. Besiktas did have a goal ruled out through Karaman after Batshuayi hit the post early on, but didn't show enough attacking threat to warrant anything more than a defeat.
M. Batshuayi
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Batshuayi is booked for pushing Martinez as he went out of play.
90' + 1' Batshuayi sends a late header wide as the cross was just behind him a little.
90' Tadic is adjudged to have fouled Saatci in the box as we move towards additional time.
88' Gravenberch tries to make something happen in the visiting area but steps on the ball and the danger is cleared.
86' Saatci sends a header from a corner wide.
85' Destanoglu nearly fumbles a Neres shot into his net but just does enough to send it behind for a corner.
84' Tadic gets his free-kick wrong as he tries to whip it in low. The ball hits a visiting defender's leg and goes away from danger.
83' Mazraoui wins a free-kick to the right after the box after being brought down as he looked to beat his man.
81' The Turkish side have a throw-in on the left as they look to get back into this game.
79' Haller became the first ever player to score four on his Champions League debut against Sporting last time out.
77' Ajax are still hunting for a third goal that would surely put this game beyond the visitors.
C. Bozdoğan
Yellow Card
75' Bozdogan goes into the book for fouling Gravenberch.
74' Tadic gets a cross from the left wrong and it goes behind for a goal-kick.
B. Vardar
U. Meraş
73' Meras limps off the pitch for Vardar.
D. Klaassen
S. Berghuis
72' Goalscorer Berghuis comes off for Klaassen.
David Neres
71' Antony is replaced by his countryman Neres.
69' Haller misses another great chance! The keeper misjudges a cross and the ball reaches the French striker who misses an open goal with his header that goes over.
68' Antony beautifully chests the ball back to Berghuis on the edge of the box but the Dutchman's half-volley is blocked.
67' The corner comes to nothing after Alvarez and Gravenberch do enough to clear.
66' That disallowed goal just seems to have sparked some life into Besiktas. Batshuayi and Karaman link up and win a corner.
65' Blind sends a driven shot over from 30 yards out.
64' Karaman again comes forward but loses possession and the hosts end up winning a free-kick in the midfield.
62' Karaman thinks he scores but he is adjudged to have bundled over a home defender whilst chasing after a through ball. He excellently finished the ball across Pasveer but the goal is ruled out.
60' Blind fouls Bozdogan in the middle of the pitch.
58' The ball deflects off Mazraoui as he tries to cross it in and Destanoglu sends his goal-kick long.
57' Rosier tries to whip a ball into the box but it is wildly overhit and the home keeper Pasveer will have a goal-kick.
55' Besiktas haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the Champions League since 2009, whilst conceding an average of 2.4 goals a game.
53' Batshuayi is played through and should score, but his effort flies over. He would've been ruled offside anyway.
51' How is it not three? Some fantastic link-up play between Tadic and Gravenberch allows the Serb to swing a ball in and Haller's header is straight at Destanoglu.
49' Destanoglu comes and claims a cross as it headed for Haller at the back post.
48' Already it's the hosts who are pressing as they look for a third goal.
46' Yalcin's men get us back underway.
O. Özyakup
S. Uçan
46' Ucan is replaced by Ozyakup.
G. Töre
R. Yılmaz
46' Yilmaz makes way for Töre.
The visitors will need to change something and quickly or this could become embarrassing. The hosts look rampant and if they had been more ruthless in that first-half they could have already been out of sight. Batshuayi has been incredibly isolated up front and has been chasing shadows as Ajax come forward in waves. Can the Turkish side completely change the pattern of the match and get themselves back into this game?
It's 2-0 at the break after a half of almost entire domination by the hosts. Aside from a Batshuayi shot that hit the post, Ajax's lead could be four or five after spurning some incredible chances. They were put into the lead initially by Berghuis as Tadic, who has been superb so far, set up the Dutchman who couldn't miss. The Serb then missed a fantastic chance to double the lead just after he had set up Haller, whose header somehow didn't nestle into the net. The Dutch side did finally get their second goal as Haller got enough on a Berghuis cross to send it past Destanoglu.
45' Considering the lack of attacking threat from the visitors this could be game over already, especially as it is Ajax who are still flooding forwards as they really have the bit between their teeth now.
S. Berghuis
43' It was a cross from Berghuis that hit Haller on the thigh and diverted goalwards.
S. Haller
43' And there is the hosts' second goal! Haller doubles his side's advantage as he manages to get enough on a cross from the right. It comes off his thigh and nestles into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.
41' This has been complete domination from the hosts apart from Batshuayi hitting the post. They have had some fantastic chances to double their lead, and yet incredibly it remains 1-0.
39' It's another incredible miss! Haller and Tadic switch roles, and the Serbian misses a sitter as the ball comes in low from the right. He doesn't get enough contact on the ball and it goes wide.
38' How has he missed? Tadic steps over the ball a couple of times to make space for a cross, which is absolutely perfectly dug out to Haller in the middle. The Frenchman has so much space for his header and looks as if he can't miss, but his header hits Destanoglu's foot with the goal gaping.
36' This will be the hosts' fifth win out of five against their opponents tonight in European competition.
34' Alvarez clips a clever through ball over the top but Gravenberch can't pluck the ball out of the air and the Turkish side clear.
33' A free-kick is driven in wide from the right and skims off a defender's head for an Ajax corner. The ball is headed away to Antony on the edge of the box but his speculative effort is high and wide.
31' Ten Hag's men are completely in control now and are just working the ball from side to side as they look for a second goal. They eventually work it to Haller on the edge of the box but his contested volley flies harmlessly wide.
29' A couple of heavy challenges come in in the centre of the pitch but the referee is happy to let play continue.
28' Steven Berghuis becomes the fourth player to score in both of his first two games in this competition for the club after Quincy Promes (in 2019), Rafael van der Vaart (in 2002) and Jari Litmanen (in 1994). 
26' It's nearly 2-0. Haller manages to loop a header back across goal from a cross and Mazraoui flicks it back into the centre of the goal but Alvarez's header is gathered acrobatically by Destanoglu. The Mexican should've done better.
25' Batshuayi is feeding on scraps right now. This time he tries to intercept a heavy touch by Timber but he just can't reach it and the Dutch defender can retain possession.
24' Rosier gets an important toe on the ball just as it looked as if Gravenberch was going to unleash a shot on goal.
23' Tadic brilliantly flicks the ball as it comes into him and sets himself up to shoot with his right boot, but his effort is blocked by a visiting defender.
21' Gravenberch powers his way through midfield before trying an optimistic sweeping diagonal pass towards Tadic, which he gets wrong and Destanoglu claims the ball.
19' Gravenberch sends a half-volley flying wide as it skims off the top of his boot.
S. Berghuis
17' And it's 1-0 to Ajax! Berghuis, who just missed a great opportunity, puts his side ahead after some excellent work by Tadic. The Serbian weaves into the box and plays it to the Dutch midfielder, who this time makes no mistake. 
D. Tadić
17' It was Tadic who dribbled his way into the box, taking it past a couple of Besiktas defenders. He played it into Berghuis who slotted calmly into the far corner.
16' The free-kick is taken quickly and some clever inter-play comes to Berghuis on the edge of the box, but he drags his shot wide as he should've hit the target.
16' Gravenberch turns excellently in the middle of the pitch and is fouled.
14' Yalcin's men have a corner but Alvarez heads it away, before the Mexican clears it again as the Turkish side recycle the ball and cross it once more.
12' After that big let-off for the hosts they come forward again and nearly score up the other end! Antony tries to squeeze it in at the far post by shooting through a crowded box but agonisingly for him it just sneaks low past the goalframe.
10' A rare foray forward for the visitors and they hit the post! Batshuayi is played in down the right of the box and the home defence stops as they think he's offside, but the linesman gives nothing. The Belgian striker aims for the far post and nearly gets it perfect as it pings off the inside of the post and back across the goal but away from danger thankfully for Ajax. 
9' Gravenberch fouls Bozdogan in the midfield but the free-kick goes long and the home side have the ball back once more. 
7' Already it feels like back to the walls stuff for Besiktas. They appear happy to let Ajax have the ball and sit back, as Batshuayi is completely isolated up front.
6' A couple of crosses come in from the left but are dealt with by the away defence. 
4' Ajax have had most of the early ball as they look to make it two wins out of two in this season's competition.
2' Space opens up for Gravenberch to shoot but his dipping shot is straight at the goalkeeper Destanoglu.
1' The home side kick-off and we are underway.
The two sides make their way onto the pitch.
The visiting side’s manager Sergen Yalcin makes six changes from their last game in this competition, with players such as Saatci and Ucan coming in while Miralem Pjanic misses out from the squad completely with injury.
The home boss Erik ten Hag goes with the exact same lineup as in their last Champions League game, a 5-1 win at Sporting Lisbon. Neres, Tagliafico and Labyad feature on the bench.
SUBS: Berkay Vardar, Gokhan Tore, Fehmi Mert Gunok, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Demir Tiknaz, Emirhan Delibas. 
BESIKTAS (4-1-4-1): Ersin Destanoglu; Umut Meras, Fabrice N’Sakala, Serdar Saatci, Valentin Rosier; Souza; Ridvan Yilmaz, Can Bozdogan, Salih Ucan, Kenan Karaman; Michy Batshuayi.
SUBS: Davy Klaassen, David Neres, Kenneth Taylor, Zakaria Labyad, Perr Schuurs, Jay Gorter, Mohammed Daramy, Danilo, Mohammed Kudus, Charlie Setford, Nicolas Tagliafico, Devyne Rensch. 
AJAX (4-2-3-1): Remko Pasveer; Daley Blind, Lisandro Martinez, Jurrien Timber, Noussair Mazraoui; Edson Alvarez, Ryan Gravenberch; Antony, Steven Berghuis, Dusan Tadic; Sebastien Haller.
The visitors meanwhile sit third in the group having lost their opening game in this season’s Champions League 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund. They also sit third in the Super Lig behind Fenerbahce and Altay after losing to the latter in their last game.
The home side come into this game top of Group C having thumped Sporting 5-1 away in Lisbon in their first game of this year’s edition of this competition. They top their domestic league after winning six out of their seven Eredivisie games this season and remaining unbeaten. 
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Champions League group stage match between Ajax and Besiktas at the Johan Cruyff Arena.