Champions League round-up: Haller takes win in Ajax win, while Dzeko double seals Inter’s win
West Ham flop Sebastien Haller sets a new Champions League record with NINE goals in the first five games after a net brace in Ajax’s comeback win over Besiktas, while Edin Dzeko scores twice to put Inter Milan on the brink of the last 16 to make
- Sebastien Haller is the first player to score nine goals in the first five CL matches
- Ajax striker came off the bench and scored twice in the 2-1 win over Besiktas
- Edin Dzeko scored twice in six minutes to give Inter a 2-0 win over Shakhtar
Sebastien Haller continued his Champions League goalscoring streak with two goals in the second half as Ajax came from behind to beat Besiktas 2-1 on Wednesday to take first place in Group C.
The 27-year-old came off the bench early in the second half, scoring goals in the 54th and 69th minutes as Ajax wiped out a half-time deficit to maintain their 100 percent run in the group.
The former West Ham striker became the first player to score nine goals in his first five games in the competition, beating the previous best of eight goals by Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Ajax striker Sebastien Haller continued his goal series in the Champions League on Wednesday
Besiktas, who has lost all five of their group matches, continued after Ajax fullback Noussair Mazraoui seized the ball and Rachid Ghezzal tucked away a spot in the 22nd minute.
But Ajax was not long in coming and equalized after a long pass from the defense of Lisandro Martinez put Nicolas Tagliafico on the left wing and his square ball ensured an easy conversion for Haller.
Ajax’s winner came from a free kick by Dusan Tadic, which initially fell to Martinez, who missed his shot, but Haller stuck out a lanky leg to send the ball home.
Haller had the ball in the net in stoppage time, but his teammate David Neres was sidelined to deny him a hat-trick.
Haller became the first player to score nine goals in his first five matches in the league
Ajax, which rested a number of regular players in Wednesday’s match, can achieve a full house or victories if they close the group campaign at home against the Portuguese Sporting on December 7.
Edin Dzeko scored twice in six minutes in the second half to give Inter Milan a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in San Siro on Wednesday and send the Italians to the brink of their first knockout stage in the Champions League in ten years.
The Bosnian crossed the finish line in the 61st minute to give Inter a deserved lead after they were left frustrated by two disallowed goals and a series of missed opportunities.
Dzeko didn’t take long to double his number, with an inviting cross from Ivan Perisic to mark his 50th goal in European club competitions. The result means that Shakhtar, with one point, is guaranteed to finish at the bottom.
Edin Dzeko scored twice in six minutes to give Inter Milan a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk
RB Leipzig scored four goals in a rampant first-half performance and added another after the break for an expansive 5-0 win at Club Brugge on Wednesday, lifting them off the feet of Champions League Group A.
Leipzig are now in pole position to finish third in the standings and secure a place in the Europa League for their Belgian hosts.
Manchester City and PSG have secured the top two places in the group and move on to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Emil Forsberg scored twice, including one from the penalty spot, while Christopher Nkunku and Andre Silva added the other two for Leipzig in the opening 45 minutes.
RB Leipzig scored four goals before half-time in a stunning 5-0 victory over Club Brugge
Nkunku then took fifth in stoppage time at the end of the second half.
It was Leipzig’s first group stage win, despite having to do without coach Jesse Marsch and captain and first-choice goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, who tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the game.
They now have four points together with Bruges, but a better personal best than the Belgians.
The Bundesliga outfit must now ensure they at least match, or better, Bruges’ performance in their final group stage match on December 7, when they host Manchester City, if they want to stay third.
At the same time, the Belgians are away from PSG.