Champions League: Ajax secures spot in the group stage



With their APOEL 2-0 overall victory in the play-off round, Ajax qualified for the Champions League group stage.

The close-range header of Edson Alvarez set up a 2-0 win at Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday and captain Dusan Tadic made sure 10 minutes from full-time with a good objective.

After a VAR test at 1-0, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had his goal ruled out for offside, while moments later Andrija Pavlovic was denied an equalizer by the flag of the assistant at the other end.

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The Champions League semi-finalists last season under Erik ten Hag, knocked out PAOK to reach the play-off round and the Eredivisie champions will learn their fate in Thursday’s group stage draw.

Slavia Prague are also in the hat after a second 1-0 victory in their tie against Cluj, Jan Boril scoring a second-half winner for the Czech champions.

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Club Brugge complete the line-up after qualifying via a 3-1 aggregate win over Austrian side LASK, who had captain Gernot Trauner sent off in a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.

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Goals from Hans Vanaken and Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis either side of a Klauss penalty sent the Belgian team through.


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