Ajax striker Sébastien Haller scored a brace in the match against Besiktas 1-2, setting a Champions League goal-scoring record by netting more goals (nine) in his first five UCL matches. Erling Haaland had previously held the mark, with eight. He is the first player to score nine goals in his first five matches in the competition. Our Champions League results and live football matchup are up!
“I just tried to keep my focus, stay in the game and, yes, be important for the team,” Haller told Dutch television. Haller joined the Amsterdam club in January 2020 after an underwhelming performance in the Premier League club West Ham United. Coming from behind Rachid Ghezzal’s goal for Besiktas, Haller equalized the scoring in the 54th minute before striking a free-kick winner for his side.
The 27-year-old forward scored four times in Ajax’s 5-1 thrashing of Sporting Lisbon on matchday 1 before three more in the succeeding games prior to this latest one.He became the fourth player to hit five goals in their first five appearances in Europe’s elite competition, next to Alessandro Del Piero (1995), Diego Costa (2014) and Erling Haaland (2019).
Haller is now tied with Bayern Munich standout Robert Lewandowski in the Champions League Golden Boot race. The Dutch giants are already through to the next round of the competition and they remain the leaders of Group C with a perfect record of 5 wins in 5 games. Haller is also Eredivisie’s top scorer this season with nine goals in 13 games as Ajax sits on top of the table with 30 points.
He already netted a remarkable 29 goals in 40 appearances for Ajax, a much more impressive number than what he made in the Premier League where he hit just 14 goals in 54 appearances. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are out of the Champions League after they fell to a defeat at Sporting Lisbon also in Group C. Sporting are through to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2009.
Manchester City, PSG, Liverpool, Ajax, Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus have all already qualified for the knockout stage, leaving only 5 spots ahead of the final matchday. Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and AC Milan are among the elite sides hanging in the competition.
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