Last Champions League semi-finalists Ajax showed strength at the opening of their campaign in this edition of the competition by beating Lille 3-0 on Tuesday in Amsterdam, on Matchday 1 for the Group H of the tournament. It was a good way to start the campaign, and more than that, to show that the team can go on once again and repeat the marvelous campaign from last season. Nicolas Tagliafico, Edson Alvarez, and Quincy Anton Promes scored for the Dutch Champions. In the other duel of Group H, Valencia also achieved an important result by beating Chelsea 1-0 in London.
Surprising tormentor of Real Madrid in the round of 16 and Juventus in the quarterfinals in their campaign last season, the Dutch side dominated Lille at the Johan Cruyff Arena and opened the scoring after 18 minutes when striker Quince Promes took advantage of a rebound to make it 1-0.
After the break, the home team doubled their lead with a beautiful goal, on 49 minutes. After making a good play down the right-wing, Brazilian striker David Neres gave Mexican player Edson Alvarez an accurate pass, who controlled the ball and slotted home past the goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who had no chance. 2-0.
And Ajax’s third goal was not long in coming. At 62, the Moroccan Dutchman Hakim Ziyech took a corner kick from the left and Tagliafico headed in to seal the 3-0. With an assist and a goal, the Argentine thus ended the game as the man of the match.
Thus, Ajax started at the front in this Group H due to the goals scored. Both Ajax and Valencia, who secured their 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, have 3 points and lead Group H.