Haller opens Ajax goal-scoring account


On Thursday evening, Sebastian Haller opened his Ajax Amsterdam goal scoring account in the league.

The 26-year-old forward was voted as the Man of the Match when Dutch giants defeated their arch-rivals FC Twente 3-1 on Thursday evening away from home.

The result meant that Erik Ten Hag’s charges are now three points ahead of Feyenoord at the top of the log standings with 38 points from 16 league games played.

Ten Hag’s new recruit wasted no time and opened the scoring seven minutes into the encounter after Brazilian winger Antony made a telling pass that found the big Ivorian in perfect possession to slot home for his first Eredivisie goal in the famous white and red colours of the Amsterdam club.

Ajax was on course to take all three points with that solo goal until Twente found the equalizer through Spanish centre back Julio Pleguezuelo who found the back of the net with only six minutes of regular time left.

The log leaders were content on taking all three points and it came as no surprise when Haller found veteran striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar who gave the visitors the lead again on the 90th minute mark.

The 37-year-old forward completed his brace just a minute later after a perfectly weighed pass from Moroccan Zakaria Labyad found him in space next home and secure maximum points at the De Grolsch Veste Stadium.

Haller made the move from England back to Netherlands two weeks ago and he was given his debut last week as Ajax drew 2-2 against their rivals PSV Eindhoven.

After a frustrating period with West Ham United in the English Premier League where the attacker struggled to get regular game time, he decided to join Ajax with the aim of playing in Europe and winning domestic trophies.

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