Nick Viergever netted the only goal as Ajax beat Legia Warsaw to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

  • By Michael Bell
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The 0-0 draw in Poland last week meant Ajax just needed to record a victory in the Amsterdam Arena to guarantee their place in the next round.

The home side took control in the first half but they went into half time without a goal for their efforts. Hakim Ziyech went closest to an opener but his shot came back off the post with Kasper Dolberg unable to net the rebound.

The second half was set to be a nervous one for Ajax but after only four minutes Nick Viergever found the net. Amin Younes forced Legia goalkeeper Arkadiusz Malarz into a save, but he could only palm it to Viergever, who tapped into the net.

Ajax couldn’t find a killer second goal and as the second half went on Legia grew more dangerous and Andre Onana had to deny both Valeri Qazashvili and Maciej Dabrowski. Ajax still proved dangerous on the counter but Bertrand Traore curled an effort just past the post while Lasse Schone was also off-target with a decent effort.

In the end the one goal proved to be enough for Ajax and they will take their place in the draw for the last 16.

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