Hakim Ziyech fired in an early goal, Quincy Promes added another and Donny van de Beek finished off a polished performance as Ajax kept up their impressive Champions League form with a 3-0 away win over Valencia in Group H on Wednesday night.
Ajax, whose youthful side made a giant-killing run to last season’s semi-finals, moved to six points with a second successive three-goal triumph. Valencia remained on the three points they garnered last month in a surprise win against Chelsea.
The 26-year-old Ziyech netted the opening goal of the match in the eighth minute with a long-range shot, assisted brilliantly by Ajax skipper Dusan Tadic. Ziyech was handed his sixth appearance in the Champions League.
He made a great impact upfront and netted his sixth goal for Ajax. Valencia skipper Daniel Parejo had a chance to equalise but he fluffed the finish. Promes then doubled the lead for the visitors in the 34th minute.
Promes was teed up by Van de Beek with an inch-perfect square pass as Ajax went 2-0 ahead at the Camp de Mestalla.
It came after the home side missed a penalty as captain Dani Parejo blasted high and wide in the 25th minute after Goncalo Guedes had been fouled by Ajaxâs Mexican defender Edson Alvarez.
In the 62nd minute, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana was shown a yellow card for time-wasting. Following the incident, Van de Beek scored the Dutch side’s third in the 67thminute to seal a comprehensive victory for Ajax.
The Dutch side will be hoping to keep the winning momentum as they prepare to square off against Premier League giants Chelsea on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.