The stands of the Johan Cruyff Arena vibrate with happiness and sing, without stopping, for more than ten minutes.
Michy Batshuayi fouled Mazraoui in the middle of the field. The pace of the match is no longer very intense and Ajax Amsterdam manages the score.
David Neres inherits the ball when entering the opponent’s area and does not hesitate to try his luck. He landed a powerful shot deflected by Destanoglu for a corner. The Turkish keeper was very close to committing a dumpling.
Ajax benefit from a well-placed free kick on the right side of the attack, twenty meters from the Turkish goal. Tadic hits him but the Serbian sends the ball into the wall.
Besiktas have lost 11 of their first 13 away matches in the Champions League (1 win, 1 draw), between 1997 and 2009. Since then, the Turkish club have suffered only 2 defeats in their last 9 trips, garnering 5 victories in passing (2 draws).
Ajax Amsterdam pass to 10 in Besiktas’s half of the field. The Turks are struggling to recover the ball.
Meras is injured! He holds his knee, is treated by the club’s doctors and will give up his place. One more casualty to add to the long list of the Besiktas infirmary.
In the process, Tadic escapes on the left side before centering at the far post towards Haller. The striker jumps higher than everyone else but his header barely misses the target.
Following a collective action, Antony receives the ball in the opponent’s box. The Brazilian controls his chest before passing to Berghuis but Saatci barely clears the ball.
Besiktas have conceded at least 2 goals in each of their previous 4 matches against Ajax (10 in total), while their last meeting in November 1993 ended in a 0-4 loss in the Cup Winners’ Cup. .
Note that the video refereeing did not call on Benoît Bastien during the denied goal at Besiktas Istanbul. A member of the bench of the Turkish club was warned for protest in the wake.
Karaman is launched in the back of the Ajax Amsterdam defense, eliminates Timber with a shoulder kick before deceiving Pasveer with a cross shot from the right. But M.Bastien directly cancels the goal, considering that the shoulder was too violent.