A negative tie settled the first half of Ajax’s meeting with its Portuguese guest, Benfica, who currently brings them together at the “Johan Cruyff” stadium, in the second leg of the 16th round of the European Champions League for the current season 2021-2022.
Ajax had the most control over the course of the game in the first half of the match and threatened the Benfica goal on more than one occasion. The first leg between the two teams ended in a 2-2 draw, and the tie does not favor Benfica and Ajax, after the goal rule was canceled with two goals away from the ground in European competitions starting from the current season.
Ajax started the match with the following formation: Onana, Tamper, Alvarez, Gravenberch, Tadic, Anthony, Nassir Mazraoui, Blind, Martinez, Haller, Burgess.
On the other hand, Benfica will play the match with a formation consisting of Flashodimos, Gilberto, Grimaldo, Vertonghen, Everton, Nunez, Silva, Vogel, Otamendi, Taarabt, Ramos.
Ajax is seeking to achieve the fourth consecutive victory at home in the Champions League this season, for the first time since 1996, when the Dutch team did it and won 7 consecutive matches before, while Benfica is trying to overcome the round of 16 of the Champions League for the first time since the 2015 season. 16 when he beat Zenit Petersburg.
It is noteworthy that the German teams, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool, the English, have qualified for the quarter-finals, at the expense of Salzburg, Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting Lisbon, and Inter Milan, respectively.