Ajax – Benfica: Ajax wins fun, balanced Champions League clash in dying seconds (1-0)

This was a truly entertaining, international-level game between two clubs who are not from one of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ competitions. Ajax’s young right-back Noussair Mazraoui turned out to be the unlikely hero of the night, with his deflected long shot in the 93rd minute deciding a very tight, hard-fought game in the hosts’ favor.

Make no mistake about it, this was a very important game for Ajax and Benfica. Being able to win this match would mean a very advantageous position to advance to the round of sixteen of the Champions League . . .

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Sam Planting (27) writes for various Dutch media about football (VI Pro, Het Parool, Hard Gras) and does some stats stuff for television. Records ‘De Voetbalpodcast’ with his two best buds. Born and raised in Amsterdam. Former basketball player. Current aficionado of stand-up comedy and rap music. [ View all posts ]

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