Ajax have topped their UEFA Youth League group after a 1-1 draw with Valencia on Tuesday.

Ajax were already assured of a knockout round spot but they needed to better or match Lille’s result on Tuesday to finish top.

The hosts dominated the game from the start but failed to break the deadlock before the break. Naci Unuvar has a strike saved while Kenneth Taylor, Eric Llansana and Damjan Dostanic also passed up decent opportunities.

Early in the second half, Valencia, who were barely in the game, took the lead through José Lechon.

Youri Regeer equalised for Ajax on the rebound and the Amsterdammers nearly won the game in injury time, but Unuvar was denied by the Valencia goalkeeper.

Because Lille drew with Chelsea, Ajax’s point mean they progress as group winners.




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