Ajax Amsterdam reached the Champions League knockout phases for the primary time since 2006 after a Dusan Tadic brace gave the Dutch aspect a 2-zero win over 10-man AEK Athens in Greece on Tuesday.
The result left former European Cup winners Ajax prime of Group E on 11 factors from 5 video games, pending the result of Bayern Munich’s house match in opposition to Benfica later within the night.
AEK, who had Marko Livaja despatched off within the second half, haven’t any factors and have been eradicated from European competitors after struggling a fifth-straight defeat.
Tadic fired Ajax forward with a 68th-minute penalty and sealed the win 4 minutes later after the guests, who’ve won 4 titles in Europe’s premier membership competitors, dominated their subdued rivals.
Though they loved the lion’s share of the possession, Ajax failed to create any probabilities earlier than midfielder Donny van de Beek hit the put up within the 63d minute after Tadic’s intelligent reduce-again from the left.
English referee Michael Oliver awarded Ajax a penalty after Livaja dealt with a free kick and despatched off the Croatian with a second yellow card for the offence earlier than Tadic calmly transformed the spot kick.
With AEK reeling, the guests delivered the killer blow as substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar squared the ball to Tadic and the Serbia ahead made no mistake from eight metres after house keeper Vasilios Barkas was caught out of place.
AEK had been denied a comfort within the closing phases when visiting keeper Andre Onana produced an outstanding save to preserve out a thundering Lucas Boye shot from the sting of the penalty space.