Ajax 1-0 Benfica: Noussair Mazraoui scores stunning deflected winner in second half stoppage time
- Haris Seferovic shot cleared off the line by Matthijs de Ligt after five minutes
- Kasper Dolberg then came close for Ajax, denied one-on-one in Amsterdam
- The home side also had an effort hooked off the line in tight European contest
- In second half stoppage time Noussair Mazraoui fired in a deflected winner
Right back Noussair Mazraoui scored an injury-time winner Tuesday as Ajax beat Benfica 1-0 to remain unbeaten in Champions League Group E.
Goalkeepers Andre Onana and Odisseas Vlachodimos both made key saves as the game appeared headed for a goalless stalemate.
However Vlachodimos stood no chance as Mazraoui’s shot in the 92nd minute was deflected into the net by Alex Grimaldo from Ajax’s final attack of the match.
Noussair Mazraoui earned the points for Ajax with winner in second minute of stoppage time
The Ajax right back struck from 25 yards and saw his effort deflected into the net
There were wild celebrations in Amsterdam as the home side earned a Champions League win
Ajax (4-3-3): Onana; Mazraoui, de Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; van de Beek (Neres 88), Schone, de Jong; Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadic
Unused subs: Kristensen, Weber,, Eiting, Lamprou, de Wit, Huntelaar
Goal: Mazraoui 90+2
Bookings: Mazraoui 22, Onana 39, Tagliafico 49
Benfica (4-3-3): Vlachodimos; Almeida, Jardel, Conti, Grimaldo; Pizzi (Gabriel 80), Fejsa, Gelson; Salvio, Seferovic, Rafa Silva (Cervi 90)
Unused subs: Svilar, Jonas, Semedo, Zivkovic, Felix
Bookings: Jardel 9, Conti 64, Salvio 72, Seferovic 86
The win leaves Ajax at the top of the group, level with Bayern Munich who beat AEK Athens 2-0 earlier in the evening.
Both teams showed attacking intent at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but Benfica’s quick and aggressive midfield largely canceled out Ajax’s more measured passing game.
Ajax keeper Onana had to save twice in the opening five minutes to deny Rafa Silva and Haris Seferovic, while Vlachodimos blocked two excellent Ajax chances.
He advanced off his line to block an effort by Kasper Dolberg in the 22nd minute and stuck out a right hand to palm away a powerful shot from Donny van de Beek in the 74th.
When Dolberg managed to beat Vlachodimos five minutes before halftime, German Conti hooked the ball off the line. Technology showed the ball almost – but not quite – fully over the line.
But there was no doubt about Mazraoui’s emphatic shot from the edge of the penalty area in extra time.
Benfica’s German Conti clears off the line after Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg tried to score
Dolberg reacts after striking past the keeper only to have it ruled out for offside
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