Ajax has one point left on Tuesday evening from the second group match in the Champions League against Atalanta. Coach Erik ten Hag’s team gave away a 0-2 lead in Bergamo and drew 2-2.
Tadic opens score for Ajax from a penalty kick
Dusan Tadic opened the score after half an hour from a penalty kick for Ajax. In the final phase of the first half, Lassina Traoré doubled the lead.
After the break, Atalanta tied the score within fifteen minutes via two goals from Duván Zapata. Both teams were still close to the winning goal, but no more goals were scored in Bergamo.
Due to the draw, Ajax is third in group D with one point from two matches, and Atalanta is number two with four points. Liverpool, which won 0-1 at Ajax last week, is in the lead with six points. ‘The Reds’ defeated Danish FC Midtjylland 2-0 at Anfield on Tuesday thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah (penalty)
Next Tuesday, the third group match for Ajax is scheduled in the Champions League. Then the team from Amsterdam will visit FC Midtjylland.
Ajax started with Traoré in the striker and Antony and David Neres on the flanks, while Tadic played number ten. At Atalanta, Hans Hateboer had a basic place, Sam Lammers remained on the bench and Marten de Roon was missing due to a groin injury.
In a lively opening phase in Bergamo the game swung up and down, although Ajax created the best opportunities. For example, a bet by Traoré went wide and a long shot by Noussair Mazraoui sailed over the hostile goal.
Atalanta then became slightly more dangerous and was close to the opening goal a number of times. A long shot by Alejandro Gómez ended up in the hands of Ajax goalkeeper André Onana and a slider from Zapata went just wide. On the other hand, Antony saw a 20-meter swipe being turned by goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.
In the 29th minute Ajax got the perfect opportunity to open the score. The ball hit the spot after Traoré was hit by a high-lifted leg from Robin Gosens. Tadic took advantage of the penalty kick and scored his first Champions League goal since he scored in the quarter-final against Real Madrid on 5 March 2019 (1-4).
In the remainder of the first half, Atalanta was unable to create any danger, but Ajax did score. In the 38th minute, Traoré tapped a cross by Neres past Sportiello in two instances, giving the visitors a 0-2 lead.
Atalanta came out of the dressing rooms well and quickly made the connection goal. Onana saved a free kick from Josip Ilicic, but was passed by Zapata in the 54th minute. The Colombian headed home from a cross from Gómez. In between, Perr Schuurs bumped into Sportiello after a wonderful action by the Italian defense.