Champions League - Qualifying Play-off - 1st Leg
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Ajax 3-1 Dynamo Kiev: Ajax close on Champions League return

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek celebrates scoring against Dynamo Kiev
Ajax scored three first-half goals, with Donny van de Beek putting them in front inside two minutes

Ajax are on course to reach the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2014 after beating Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their qualifying play-off round tie.

The four-time European champions led inside two minutes as Donny van de Beek turned in Dusan Tadic's cut-back.

Tomasz Kedziora levelled for Dynamo on 16 minutes, turning in the rebound after a save by Andre Onana.

But goals from Hakim Ziyech and Tadic secured victory for the home side.

Ajax came close to establishing a more dominant advantage for the second leg, but Klaas Jan Huntelaar headed onto the crossbar and Ziyech hit the post.

Elsewhere, AEK Athens followed up victory over Celtic in the third qualifying round by beating Hungarian side MOL Vidi 2-1 in Budapest, as both sides had a man sent off.

Vidi's Szabolcs Huszti was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge after 23 minutes, with AEK going ahead 10 minutes later as Viktor Klonaridis swept in from close range.

Tasos Bakasetas doubled the Greek side's lead soon after the break with a deflected shot before he was dismissed for a second yellow card. Danko Lazovic pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 67th minute.

Swiss side Young Boys were held 1-1 at home by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

Kevin Mbabu put the hosts in front inside two minutes but Dinamo keeper Danijel Zagorac made several fine saves before Mislav Orsic equalised just before half-time.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 24Onana
  • 12Mazraoui
  • 4de Ligt
  • 17Blind
  • 31TagliaficoBooked at 70mins
  • 6van de BeekSubstituted forde Witat 87'minutes
  • 20Schöne
  • 21de Jong
  • 22Ziyech
  • 9HuntelaarBooked at 21mins
  • 10Tadic

Substitutes

  • 2Kristensen
  • 5Wöber
  • 15Eiting
  • 19Labyad
  • 26Lamprou
  • 30de Wit
  • 41Johnsen

Dynamo Kyiv

  • 71Boyko
  • 94KedzioraBooked at 24mins
  • 26Burda
  • 44Kádár
  • 23Pivaric
  • 5SydorchukSubstituted fordas Neves Pinheiroat 77'minutes
  • 29Buyalskiy
  • 15Tsygankov
  • 19HarmashBooked at 40minsSubstituted forShepelevat 45'minutes
  • 7Verbic
  • 41Besedin

Substitutes

  • 1Bushchan
  • 6das Neves Pinheiro
  • 8Shepelev
  • 9Morozyuk
  • 17Ferreira Pereira
  • 30Shabanov
  • 43Rusyn
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
52,706

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaxAway TeamDynamo Kyiv
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ajax 3, Dynamo Kyiv 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ajax 3, Dynamo Kyiv 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Dusan Tadic.

  4. Post update

    Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ajax. Dani de Wit replaces Donny van de Beek.

  6. Post update

    Donny van de Beek (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kyiv).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Noussair Mazraoui.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Benjamin Verbic (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Volodymyr Shepelev with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Tomasz Kedziora.

  12. Post update

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tamás Kádár (Dynamo Kyiv).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Tchê Tchê replaces Serhiy Sydorchuk.

  15. Post update

    Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Volodymyr Shepelev (Dynamo Kyiv).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Donny van de Beek.

  18. Post update

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Noussair Mazraoui with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tamás Kádár (Dynamo Kyiv).

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