Benfica, led by Champions League-Ajax Amsterdam twice, has given himself the right to believe it.

It’s a fight and a great show, but there’s no winner yet. Benfica Lisbon and Ajax Amsterdam broke up on Wednesday in the Champions League Round 1 16 (2-2). Amsterdam visitors scored at Dusan Tadic (18th) before Sebastien Haller scored a goal for his side in both areas (26th) and then in the right direction (29th). I mentioned it. Roman Yaremchuk became equal in the second half (72nd) to reward the great energy explosion from Lisbon. The return leg promises the same amount of adversity.

As expected, this duel between the former C1 winners began powerfully. From the first minute, Antony in Amsterdam quickly got in shape with a lovely little bridge over Julian Weigl. Benfica took turns in the match, returning Jan Vertonghen’s heading shot with Alejandro Grimaldo’s eccentric free kick and wearing Remko Pasveer’s (third) gloves. Ajax still has an advantage, not only because of its technically aggressive quality, but also because of its high pressability. After stealing the ball from Grimaldo on the right, Nozea Mazlawi leaned against Antony, crossed Tadic, and recovered out of reach of Odysseas Bracodimos (0-1, 18).

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Haller in sight

The Eagles could expect a complex night, but they still reacted perfectly thanks to their constant will. Excellent Rafa Silva hit the right side and shot a center shot from a tight angle, finishing in the post (25th). In the next corner, former Ajax Jan Vertonghen also fought on the left side of the Zone of Truth, his low center awkwardly distracted by Haller and reached Pasveer’s net (1-1, 26). However, the top scorer of the Champions League season quickly regained and recovered the team’s advantage in two stages by cutting the cross from the left (1-2, 29th).

Côte d’Ivoire International gave his tally to 11 at the tournament. He also emphasized opposition defense throughout the game. Meanwhile, he was surprised by Edson Alvarez’s shot, which missed the rebound in front of the Lisbon cage (44th). Faced with the acquisition of this lancer, Benfica players decided to speak out in the post-break engagement. They also made a lot of bets on percussion. Especially at Everton Soares (55th), where a biased strike flirts with the frame.

Eagles gave them all

When Mazlawi recruited Vracodimos (63rd), Nelson Velissimo’s players attacked their opponents even harder, thanks to their aggression in this fiercely contested match. Gonçalo Ramos was not penalized (67th) and missed the target (69th). Yaremchuk, served by Rafa Silva, saw Jurrien Timber save visitors by fighting off extreme danger (70th). Always playful Ajax cracked in this fierce sequence after a new express counter led by Rafa Silva, a fierce strike from Ramos repelled by Pasveer, followed by a header from Yaremchuk (2-2, 72nd). ).

In front of the boiling masses of Estadio da Ruth, the people of Lisbon even tried to take victory, but they finally lost their energy. Ajacides himself noticed and finished the game well, but Antony couldn’t deceive Vlachodimos on his last chance (90 days + 3). Unlike Ajax, who dominates the championship, Benfica has not participated in the title battle in Portugal, but the Eagles will fight again to continue their European journey in a return match from Amsterdam on March 15. ..

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