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Champions League: Ajax Amsterdam continues and regales against Besiktas, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk neutralize each other

This Champions League evening started off well with two great meetings. Ajax Amsterdam feasted by dominating Besiktas (2-0) while Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan seduced but remained back to back (0-0).

This Tuesday, the Champions League resumed its rights with in particular a shock in group D between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan. The two teams wanted to redeem themselves after an initial defeat against Sheriff Tiraspol (2-0) and Real Madrid (1-0) respectively. At home, the Ukrainians were in 4-1-4-1 with Manor Solomon and Pedrinho in the lanes while Lassina Traoré played at the forefront. For their part, Inter Milan continued in 3-5-2 with Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino in the midfield. In front, Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko were partners. Roberto De Zerbi’s Shakhtar Donetsk got a first good opportunity via Manor Solomon, but the Israeli saw his shot flirt with the left post of Samir Handanovic (5th). The Miners nevertheless knew a hard blow with the injury of Lassina Traoré replaced by Tetê (11th). After a moment of hesitation, Nicolo Barella found the crossbar with a long shot (15th). Better in this early game, Shakhtar Donetsk got a double opportunity thanks to Alan Patrick and Tetê but the latter’s shot went to the right of the Lombard goal (21st). Inter Milan were not to be outdone and Lautaro Martinez attempted a dangerous cross strike that passed to the right, but the Argentine was anyway offside (29th).

On a left corner, Federico Dimarco centered strongly towards the surface. The ball was deflected to the right post where Edin Dzeko missed a shot from close range (34 ‘). Inter Milan pushed back their opponents and finished the first period strong. Upon returning from the locker room, Shakhtar Donetsk set foot on the match and Dodô set fire to the left. His cross at the near post was taken over by Pedrinho, but Milan Skriniar made a sublime defensive return to avoid the goal (50 ‘). Active, the Ukrainians held more the ball and took advantage of the liveliness in the corridors to hurt Inter Milan. Manor Solomon (52nd) and Alan Patrick (63rd) were also in shooting position. The pace fell slowly, but at the end of the match Inter Milan were fighting to seek victory. From a distance, Joaquin Correa unleashed a missile which was pushed back for a corner by Andriy Pyatov. The goalkeeper then intervened on a corner against Stefan de Vrij (87th). Hakhan Çalhanoglu then hit on the left of the goal. Finally, the two teams leave on this score of parity (0-0). This draw does not suit anyone since Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk remain stuck at the bottom of the standings with 1 small point.

Ajax Amsterdam put on the show

After their initial card against Sporting CP (5-1), Ajax Amsterdam wanted to confirm against Besiktas and thus take a big step towards qualification. Beaten 2-1 by Borussia Dortmund, the Turks wanted to recover. The Black Eagles were established in 4-1-4-1 with Michy Batshuayi in the lead and Frenchman Valentin Rosier in defense. For its part, Ajax Amsterdam opted for a 4-3-3 with the quartet composed of Steven Berghuis, Dusan Tadic, Sébastien Haller and Antony in front. Moreover, the last city did not take long to shine. Party on the right, Antony transplanted in the axis and unleashed a shot which was countered (4th). A first banderilla which affirmed the intentions of the Godenzonen. However, Besiktas narrowly missed the opening goal with Michy Batshuayi on the right of the box. The former Phocaean hung on the post (10th). It was only a postponement since Antony in turn found the left post following a strike on the right (13th). The opportunities multiplied for Ajax Amsterdam and finally, Steven Berghuis opened the scoring with a nice cross strike on the right following a big job from Dusan Tadic in the left lane (1-0, 17th). The domination was total for Ajax Amsterdam and Edson Alvarez came close to giving air to his head (26th). Found on the right of the area, Sébastien Haller delivered a love of the ball at ground level to the far post for Dusan Tadic who missed a golden opportunity (39th).

Ajax Amsterdam was not punished, on the contrary. Antony centered hard on the right towards the near post and found Sébastien Haller scoring with his thigh while he was in a duel with Serdar Saatci (2-0, 43rd). A weight advantage for the band of Erik ten Hag who returned to the locker room in a strong position. Continuing on this line, Ajax Amsterdam obtained two new chances via Sébastien Haller and Noussair Mazraoui (51st), but Besiktas was a little better than in the first period. Michy Batshuayi struck over the frame (53rd) before Kenan Karaman closed the gap (62nd). However, his goal was disallowed for a foul on Jürrien Timber on this action. Surprise, Ajax Amsterdam reacted via Daley Blind (65th) then Sébastien Haller (69th) without managing to score this third goal. Came into play, David Neres also made a big shot in the axis, but Ersin Destanoglu pushed back for a corner from a non-academic stop (85th). Ajax Amsterdam finally had a second success in a row. With this 2-0 victory, Ajax Amsterdam confirms its first place in the group with 6 points with 3 lengths ahead of Borussia Dortmund. The Godenzonen have already taken a nice step towards qualifying.

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