Ajax vs Benfica updates
Ajax vs Benfica updates

AJAX return to Champions League action TONIGHT as they hope to overcome Benfica and progress to the last eight of the competition.

The Dutch outfit were unfortunate not to be heading into this encounter with an one-goal advantage having played so well in the reverse fixture

Benfica forward Yaremechuk equalised late on resulting in the first leg ending with a 2-2 score-line.

Kick-off time: 8pm UK
TV channel: BT Sport 3
Live stream: BT Sport website and app
Ajax team: Onana, Mazraoui, Timber, Martinez, Blind, Gravenberch, Alvarez, Berghuis, Antony, Haller, Tadic.
Benfica team: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo, Rafa Silva, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton, Goncalo Ramos, Nunez.

TODAY, 20:23

  1. Ajax 0-0 Benfica (2-2)

Alvarez falls to the ground awkwardly following a collision and is in some discomfort.

The medical team guide him to the sidelines but he looks to play on.

TODAY, 20:20

  1. Ajax 0-0 Benfica (2-2)

Ajax have a free kick in a promising position following a foul on Antony.

The ball is swung into the box and eventually headed behind for a corner, but nothing comes of the set piece.

The home side are really applying the pressure now.

TODAY, 20:14

  1. Ajax 0-0 Benfica (2-2)

Both sides have started the game well, but Ajax have had the better opportunities so far.

They almost come close to taking the lead as a corner is sent to the box.

The ball falls to Alvarez who is left unmarked, but his effort runs wide.

TODAY, 20:10

  1. Ajax 0-0 Benfica (2-2)

Ajax have the ball in the back of the net… but the goal will not stand!

Tadic sends the ball through to Haller in the box who taps it into the back of the net.

Before he wheels away in celebration the striker looks over at the linesman who has his flag up.

TODAY, 20:06

  1. Ajax 0-0 Benfica (2-2)

Ajax strike first.

Tadic sends a cross into the box.

The ball finds Antony who heads towards goal from close range, but his effort is off target.

A positive start from the home side.

TODAY, 20:02
Kick Off

We’re underway at the Johan Cruyff Arena!

TODAY, 19:58
The stage is set

The teams are out!

Kick off is just a few minutes away!

TODAY, 19:48
Goals galore

Ajax have scored 22 goals so far in the competition this season.

This matches their previous highest totals recorded in 1995/96 and 2018/19.

TODAY, 19:46
Elsewhere in the Champions League

Manchester United host Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford this evening in the second leg of the round-of-16 clash.

The score of that fixture is currently 1-1.

TODAY, 19:40
Match facts

Ajax have won all three of their Champions League home matches this season. They are looking to win four in a row for the first time in the competition since 1996.

The Dutch side have scored at least two goals in all seven games they’ve played in the competition so far this season.

Benfica are looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2015/16.

TODAY, 19:33
Sebastien Haller on today’s game

During yesterday’s press conference, Haller said:

“It will be a great match. Benfica also likes to attack and plays a bit like us.

“Looking at myself, I’m happy right now. I score a lot, I am important and I can help the team.”

“I hope I can score a goal, I will try. Although reaching the next round is the most important thing.”

“The atmosphere brings something extra. Not only for us, but also for our family and friends who come.

“It gives energy. The Champions League is the highest level for clubs, we want to succeed tomorrow.”

TODAY, 19:46
Elsewhere in the Champions League

Manchester United host Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford this evening in the second leg of the round-of-16 clash.

The score of that fixture is currently 1-1.

TODAY, 19:40
Match facts

Ajax have won all three of their Champions League home matches this season. They are looking to win four in a row for the first time in the competition since 1996.

The Dutch side have scored at least two goals in all seven games they’ve played in the competition so far this season.

Benfica are looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2015/16.

TODAY, 19:33
Sebastien Haller on today’s game

During yesterday’s press conference, Haller said:

“It will be a great match. Benfica also likes to attack and plays a bit like us.

“Looking at myself, I’m happy right now. I score a lot, I am important and I can help the team.”

“I hope I can score a goal, I will try. Although reaching the next round is the most important thing.”

“The atmosphere brings something extra. Not only for us, but also for our family and friends who come.

“It gives energy. The Champions League is the highest level for clubs, we want to succeed tomorrow.”

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