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The Dutch Ajax reversed a clean first goal in the first half by defeating Turkish host Besiktas 2-1 in the second half of the fifth round of the group stage of the European Football Champions League on Wednesday.
Ajax qualified for the second round (Round of Sixteen) before this round of games, consolidating their lead in the group with 15 points and maintaining their full points with their fifth consecutive victory.
Besiktas, on the other hand, remained scoreless as they suffered their fifth consecutive defeat yesterday.
Besiktas took the lead in the 22nd minute through a penalty kick by Algeria’s Rachid Ghazal.
In the second half, Ajax scored a double in the 54th and 69th minutes through substitute Sebastian Heller.
Heller increased his score to nine goals in the tournament this season, sharing the tournament’s top scorer with Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Besiktas performed well in the first half and was the best and most aggressive team, but he missed many easy chances ahead of the Ajax goal, sometimes due to haste and lack of focus at other times, especially from striker Cell Lauren.
French midfielder Georges-Kevin Nkodou was a constant threat to Ajax’s defense, but the Besiktas players were unable to convert the chances they had in front of Ajax’s goal into goals.
Mohamed Darami, on the other hand, missed more than one dangerous opportunity for Ajax during this exciting half.
Besiktas turned their lead into a goal in the 22nd minute of the first half when the referee scored in the 20th minute from a penalty kick given to Ajax defender Nasir Majraoui.
Rachid Ghazal’s penalty kick doubled the confidence of the stadium owners, but they continued to squander easy opportunities, especially through Lauren, and at the end of the half, Besiktas headed in with a clean goal.
With the start of the second half, Ajax striker Sebastian Heller replaced Darami in the first half.
In fact, Ajax’s performance improved in the second half, and the team returned to a valuable victory with the help of a double goal from an alternate healer, which severely disrupted Besiktas’ defense and almost completed a hat-trick in the third minute of extra time. But the referee canceled the goal due to offside.