Thursday 17 October 2019

Effective Ajax beat Valencia 0-3 in Champions League group game

Ajax keeper Andre Onana celebrates. Photo: Carlos Sanchez Martinez/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press

Amsterdam football club Ajax won their fifth straight Champions League away match on Wednesday night, with a 0-3 victory against Valencia in Spain.

The win means the Amsterdammers are unbeaten in all competitions since May and have kept four successive clean sheets in the Champions League competition.

‘The youthful Dutch technicians are looking like a side who could go far in the competition again this year,’ Uefa’s match reporter Joseph Walker said. There was particular praise for Hakim Ziyech’s long-range opener eight minutes into the game and Donny van de Beek’s entire match performance.

Ajax are now top of Group H with six points from two matches and meet Chelsea on October 23.

‘You hope for but don’t expect a game like this,’ Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said after the match. ‘We played well, especially in attack, but in defence and transitions we have to do better.

‘You see how dangerous Valencia are, what a brilliant team they are. They have very good players who hurt us but we had Onana and sometimes, also, luck. The win is deserved but it could have been 6-3 or so.’

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