Joker Yaremchuk dust: Benfica deserves Remis against Ajax
The favorite role was rightly distributed in the Estadio da Luz, the guests from Amsterdam had recently recovered ten times in a row and conceded only one goal. AJAX coach Erik ten HAG rotated compared to the 1-0 away win at Willem II Tilburg, not much. Only for the Ex-Bremer Claws (Bank) began Youngster Gravenberch, who had been recently linked to Bayern. Also by the group stage of the premier class Ajax marched without dot loss.
Tadic uses first Grand Chance – Haller meets on both sides
Accordingly, Ten Hag’s men occurred in Lisbon and take over the game control. Benfica retreated and lurked over top scorer Darwin rather on counterattack. This was difficult at the beginning against Timber and Martinez, but often did not first question as the eagle already in the starting game the ball. So also happened in minute 18, when Mazraoui conquered the ball and saw his captain Tadic in the middle. This did not miss the chance and scored the 1: 0.
Even thereafter, the Portuguese rarely freed, but surprisingly from: Vertonghen successfully sat down after a corner, his sharp crossed Haller into his own network (26th). But the previous top scorer of this year’s Champions League season showed unimpressed and only needed three minutes to hit the right goal on the other side and restore the old distance through its eleventh goal in the royal class (29.).
Then the high pace flattened a little, which was also due to some injury interruptions. Nevertheless, Ajax was still the combined and better team until the break. Shortly before the pauses, Alvarez from the penalty area even had the chance to raise the chance, but only met the post (44.), the margin Haller put next to the housing.
The second section quickly started driving, both teams ran with open visor. On the part of the guests, Tadic (53.) and Mazaouii (63.) missed 3: 1, with the Events, Everton (55.) and Darwin (60th) discharged.
Joker Yaremchuk dusted
Consequently, it remained narrow – and gradually the spectators in the Estadio da Luz became louder because Benfica became stronger. Especially about the right side, since blindly the pace of Rafa could no longer go along. So then the renewed compensation fell: Rafa laid after another tempo lecture to the criminal space edge, Pasveer could not hold the shot of Goncalo Ramos and Joker Yaremchuk nodded to not undeserved 2: 2 (72nd).
As a result, AJAX was eliminated, the otherwise stable system of the Dutch was no longer visible, they worked nervous and tired, the Eagles ran. But Benfica did not come to the Dutch gate really dangerously, it remained in the powerful 2: 2.
Thus, AJAX conceded more goals than in the ten plays before and for the first time in this king class season was not as a winner of the lawn.
The second leg will take place on 15. 03. (21 clock) in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Benfica meets Sunday (19 clock) on Vitoria Guimaraes. Ajax also guests on Sunday (16:45 clock) at the Go Ahead Eagles Deventer.