Ajax survived a late comeback to record a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo and book their place in the Europa League knock-out stage.

ajax-celta-dolbergKasper Dolberg has been a revelation for Ajax this season and the Danish striker was once again the standout for Bosz’s side in the first half as he opened the scoring before the break. The 19-year-old outwitted Andreu Fontàs with a brilliant flick before slamming a shot into the net.

The opening goal was thoroughly deserved for the home side who dominated the first half and created numerous chances before Dolberg finally broke the deadlock. Davy Klaassen, Hakim Ziyech and Lasse Schöne all went close while Dolberg also made the Celta keeper work with a volley.

In the second half, Ajax continued to put on the pressure and on 67 minutes Bertrand Traore brilliantly dribbled into the box before prodding the ball across goal for Ziyech to tap in the second. Three minutes later Amin Younes added a third with a calm finish after cutting in from the left.

Ex-Feyenoord striker John Guidetti then came off the bench for Celta Vigo and he made an immediate impact with a well taken goal after racing onto Iago Aspas through ball. Aspas then assured a nervous end by pulling another goal back with five minutes to go but Ajax held on with Onana making a last minute save to deny Bongonda the equaliser.

The victory means Ajax have booked their place in the next round of the competition with two games to spare.




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