Benfica and Ajax tied 2-2 in the match that took place between them on Wednesday evening at Al-Nour Stadium in the first leg of the 16th round of the Champions League for the current season 2021-2022.
The goals of the match came through Sebastian Heller (in his own net) and Roman Yarimchwik in the 26th and 72nd minutes, respectively, for Benfica.
Dusan Tadic and Sebastian Heller scored the goals for Ajax Amsterdam in the 18th and 29th minutes, respectively.
According to the global network “Opta” specialized in numbers and statistics for football players, Sebastian Heller is the second Ajax player capable of scoring 11 goals in one season in the European competition, after Rod Giles in 1975-1976.
Sebastien Heller also became the first player in the history of the Champions League to score 11 goals in his first 7 matches in the tournament.
Benfica qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League, after occupying the fifth group runner-up with 8 points, while Ajax Amsterdam qualified after topping the third group with the full mark with 18 points.
The last confrontation that brought the two teams together in the fourth round of the group stage of the Champions League season 2018/2019 witnessed great excitement and fun and ended in a draw with two goals for each team, and the first leg match ended with the Portuguese team winning with a clean goal without a response.
The formation of the Portuguese Benfica was as follows:
Defense Line: Grimadlo, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Gilberto.
Midfield: Irfton, Taarabt, Weigel, Rafa Silva.
Forwards: Goncalo Ramos, Nunez.
The formation of Ajax Amsterdam was as follows:
Goalkeeper: Pasphere, Taiwan.
Defense Line: Mazraoui, Wood, Martinez, Blind.
Midfield: Alvarez, Burgess, Gravenberch.
Forwards: Anthony, Heller, Tadetic.