Sebastien Haller has written his name in the history books.
After scoring in Ajax Amsterdam’s 2-0 victory against Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Besiktas, the Ivorian forward became the first player to net five goals in his first two Uefa Champions League appearances.
Before the 27-year-old’s historic strike against the Turkish giants, he had become just the second player after Netherlands great Marco Van Basten to score four goals in his maiden game in the competition. He scored these goals when the Dutch champions thrashed Sporting Lisbon 5-1 on match day one.
Besiktas had already lost against Borussia Dortmund in their opening game of the group stage and the trip to Amsterdam offered them an opportunity to get their campaign back on track, but Ajax had other ideas.
The visitors started positively with Michy Batshuayi striking the woodwork, but it was the hosts who took the lead in the 17th minute through Steven Berghuis who benefitted from some great work by captain fantastic, Dusan Tadic, 1-0.
Two minutes before the half time break, Haller made it 2-0 to the home side. The striker made a surging run into the box before slotting home a Berghuis cross with his thigh to put the game beyond the visitors.
Ajax now sit at the top of Group C with six points from their first two games. Dortmund also have the same number of points, but have an inferior goal difference to the Dutch side.
Up next for Ajax is an Eredivisie clash against FC Utrecht on Sunday afternoon and Haller will be eager to continue his good run of form.
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By FARPost Reporter