Matchday four of UEFA Champions League this midweek saw the consistent side of Ajax Amsterdam. They sealed one spot at the knockout stage after crushing the 1997 Champions Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s chance to progress is still open after snatching a win in Kiev.
Ajax has joined Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Juventus as the first ones to qualify to the next stage. This midweek, Erik Ten Hag’s side made a comeback win Signal Iduna Park by dismantling Die Borussen 3-1. The home side managed to take the lead first through Marco Reus’s penalty despite playing with ten men after Mats Hummels was sent off. They defended well for more than an hour but on 72th minute, De Amsterdammers found the equaliser as Dusan Tadic flicked the ball into the empty net after taking advantage of the deflection from Anthony’s cross. The Brasilian youngster was involved again in the process of their winning goals. This time he provided two assists for Sebastian Haller’s header and Davy Klaessen’s goal. It is their fourth win at the group stage with six points margin from the runners up Sporting Lisbon. Dortmund seems to be struggling without Erling Haaland and would have to fight over one remaining berth for the next round with the Portuguese champions.
Borussia Dortmund vs Ajax 1-3
Goals: Marco Reus (37 p) ; Dusan Tadic (72), Sebastian Haller (83), Davy Klaessen (92)
Borussia Dortmund: Gregory Kobel – Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji, Thomas Munier, Mariusz Wolf (Felix Passlack 58) – Axel Witsel, Jude Bellingham, Julian Brandt – Stefan Tigges (Donyell Malen 76), Thorgan Hazard (Marin Pongracic 34), Marco Reus (Ansgar Knauff 76)
Ajax Amsterdam: Pasveer – Darley Blind, Timber, Mazraoui, Martinez – Ryan Gravenbech, Edson Alvarez (Davy Klaesen 46) – Steven Berghuis (M Kudus 67), Anthony, Dusan Tadic – Sebastien Haller
In the meantime, two teams which have just had the managerial changes, Barcelona and VfL Wolfsburg can still hope to advance to the round of 16 after they bounced back from the series of negative results. Blaugrana managed to pick up a three points while travelling to Ukraine. They thumped Dynamo Kiev 1-0 by a single goal of Ansu Fati. Sergi Barjuan’s side is now climbing to the second on the table and needs to avoid losing in the last two matches while taking on Bayern on the road and trying to clinch three points against Benfica at home in the next decisive games
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg under their new commander, Florian Kohfeldt stunned RB Salzburg to secure another win in UCL. Ridle Baku and Lukas Nemcha scored their winning goal while the Austrian champions could only reply once through Max Wober’s free kick. They are now still sitting on the third but only have two-point gap from Salzburg on the top and share the same point with Lille. Max Arnold and Co still need to play away game against Sevilla in the next outing before returning at home on matchday six to host Lille.