KENYA BROWN - Thursday, October 3, 2019
Sergino Dest and Ajax continued their fine form in the Champions League as they came away with a comfortable win over Valencia in Spain on Wednesday night.
Valencia 0-3 Ajax
Goals from Hakim Ziyech, Quincy Promes and Donny van de Beek sealed the deal for Ajax as they were in complete control in their win over Valencia at Estadio de Mestalla.
Dest would start the game for the Amsterdamers at right back and play the entire 90 minutes in a win that makes them the only unbeaten team in the competition thus far.
After a strong performance last season, Ajax were looking to keep it going this time around and they did not disappoint at all in their latest Spanish conquest.
The visitors opened the scoring just eight minutes in when Ziyech cut in slightly from the right side to fire in a stellar shot from long range. Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen had no chance whatsoever to stop the ball as the Moroccan's powerful left-footed shot was hit the back of the net.
Valencia had a chance to level the score in the 25th minute when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty as Edson Alvarez made an unnecessary challenge in the area that brought down Goncalo Guedes. Dani Parejo stepped up to take the spot kick, but he skied his shot over goal, giving Ajax a sigh of relief.
It was then Ajax who doubled their four minutes past the half-hour mark when Dest played the ball to Dusan Tadic who then passed it on to van de Beek. The Dutch midfielder then found Promes waiting in the center of the area as his low cross allowed the him to steer the ball home.
The host worked relentessly to get back into the game, but Ajax were too much to handle on the night and sealed the game in the 67th minute as van de Beek slotted his shot past Cillessen.
A good night for the youngsters from Amsterdam as they proved they will be the team to beat in their group.
Ajax sits atop of Group H with six points.
Christian Pulisic did not dress for Chelsea as they came away with a 2-1 win over a Tim Weah-less Lille to earn their first points in Group H.