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Ajax deactivates Dortmund and Haaland

Ajax deactivates Dortmund and Haaland

Ajax deactivated Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund displaying a spectacular attack game, which served to score four goals, and annulled the German team in midfield, preventing balls from reaching the Norwegian forward.

Haaland was able to shoot on target on three occasions, and on all occasions he found Remko Pasveer, a goalkeeper who has reached the starting position thanks to the suspension of André Onana for doping and the injury of Maarten Stekelenburg.

The tactical battle between coaches Erik ten Hag and Marco Rose went first by far. The Amsterdam team, which leads the group alone with three wins out of three, were superior in all aspects of the game. He had more possession, created more scoring opportunities, more shots on goal and, above all, he gave the feeling that he can go a long way in this Champions League. Dortmund remain second in the group, with six points, and will have to watch out that Sporting Lisbon, with three points, does not get ahead of them in the next matches.

Ajax took the initiative from the beginning of the match. A Dortmund failure left Antony dos Santos alone, but Hummels dived for the ball and managed to clear it. Then Blind took two defenders into the area and his low shot missed the goal because Kobel locked his legs in time.

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At the third time he won. Spanish referee Jesús Gil Manzano whistled Antony for a foul on the edge of the area and Dusan Tadic asked for his turn. The Serbian’s close shot found the involuntary help of Marco Reus, as the captain of the German team brushed the ball with his head enough to mislead the goalkeeper, raising the first goal of the night to the scoreboard.

In the Dortmund attack, Haaland did not finish connecting with Donyell Malen and was marked by Lisandro Martínez and Jurriën Timber. The Dutch and especially the Argentinian fulfilled the difficult task of scoring the Norwegian with note.

The locals continued attacking, especially on the right wing, in which Antony dos Santos left high-quality brushstrokes. At the 25th, Blind picked up a poor clearance from the defense, passed it to Haller and drew in three defenders. The Franco-Commander saw that Blind was left alone, gave it to him and the experienced Ajax defender fired an outside shot that hit the wood before entering the goal.

Berghuis and Mazraoui allowed themselves the luxury of hitting their heels in the Dortmund area in two different plays, showing who was the owner and lord of the game. Dos Santos and Berghuis advanced towards the Dortmund area making walls, although the Dutchman was not successful in the shot.

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Then Gravenberch was about to make the third on a free kick from the edge of the box. The player from the Ajax quarry fired a threaded shot that Kobel brushed with his fingers before the ball hit the post.

Haaland got his first chance at the discount for the first half. The forward threw speed, half got rid of Timber and took a hit that Pasveer, well placed, saved in two halves.

After half-time, the Norwegian volleyed after receiving an aerial pass and the Ajax goalkeeper made a save, throwing the ball out in spectacular fashion.

When it seemed that Dortmund began to connect better, Ajax killed the game by making the third. Dos Santos, who in a previous play was selfish, redeemed himself from his mistake in the 57th minute. The Brazilian received a pass from Haller, cut from the inside and put the ball at the base of the wood with a thread shot with the left.

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Pasveer, meanwhile, again demonstrated that experience is a degree in fundamental moments. Haaland caught the ball in the area, slashed in and struck with his left foot, but the 37-year-old goalkeeper, well positioned again, cleared the ball.

The final stick for Borussia Dortmund came in the 72nd minute. Blind crossed from the left and Haller, almost without jumping, headed the ball and beat the goalkeeper overhead, in the Frenchman’s sixth goal so far in the Champions League.

– Data sheet:

4. Ajax: Pasveer; Blind, Martínez, Timber, Mazraoui (m.83: Rensch); Gravenberch, Berghuis (d. 69: Klaassen), Álvarez; Tadic, Haller (m.83: Daramy) and Antony dos Santos (m.76: Neres).

0. Borussia Dortmund: Kobel; Schulz (m.46: Can), Hummels (m.79: Pongracic), Akanji, Meunier (m.79: Wolf); Brandt (d.88: Knauff), Witsel, Bellingham; Malen (d. 53: T. Hazard), Haaland and Reus.

Goals: 1-0, m. 11: Reus in own door. 2-0, m.25: Blind. 3-0, m. 57: Antony dos Santos. 4-0, m.72: Haller.

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain) showed a yellow card to Álvarez, from Ajax, and to Witsel by Borussia Dortmund.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the third day of group C of the Champions League played at the Johan Cruyff Arena stadium, in Amsterdam, before some 55,000 spectators. EFE (HN)

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