Haller’s Twenty sixth-minute personal objective cancelled out Dusan Tadic’s opener for the Dutch champions on the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, however the Ivory Coast striker then put Ajax again in entrance simply 3 mins later.
It was once no longer sufficient for Erik ten Hag’s facet to win the sport, as Ukraine world Roman Yaremchuk got here off the bench in the second one part to earn Benfica a deserved draw.
On the other hand, Haller has now scored 11 objectives on this season’s Champions League after finishing the gang level in double figures.
“We’re a bit of pissed off. Lets and must have achieved higher and we’re a bit of dissatisfied to go away right here having drawn 2-2,” Haller instructed French broadcaster Canal Plus.
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Of his personal objective, he added: “It isn’t the most productive feeling, particularly because it gave them the equaliser and gave them a boost.
“It was once a blow to our morale however it’s our task to stay centered, not to let our heads pass down in one of these state of affairs.”
Having by no means performed within the festival prior to this season, Haller is the primary participant to attain in every of his first seven Champions League appearances.
Best Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Ruud van Nistelrooy have scored in additional consecutive Champions League fits, with Ronaldo doing so in 11 directly video games between 2017 and 2018.
The previous West Ham United guy could also be simply the second one Ajax participant to attain 11 objectives in Europe in the similar season, after Ruud Geels in 1975/76.
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On the other hand, with UEFA having abolished the away objectives rule in Europe, the tie stays firmly within the stability going into the go back leg in Amsterdam on March 15.
Ajax took the lead within the 18th minute on this assembly of 2 golf equipment with six Ecu Cups between them due to a advantageous end from skipper Tadic.
Alex Grimaldo misplaced ownership beneath force from Noussair Mazraoui who then delivered a measured move from the Ajax proper for Tadic to attain with a cushioned first-time end for his tenth objective of the season.
On the other hand, Benfica drew stage quickly after as former Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen drilled a low ball into the six-yard field and Haller — for as soon as within the improper position — may just handiest lend a hand it on its approach into the web.
But he made up for that simply 3 mins later, pouncing to transform the follow-up after Odisseas Vlachodimos had stopped Vertonghen diverting a Steven Berghuis move into his personal web.
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It was once Haller’s twenty ninth objective in 29 video games in all competitions this season for his membership.
Ajax can have prolonged their lead simply prior to the wreck as Antony slipped in Edson Alvarez, however the Mexican’s shot got here back down the a long way submit and this time Haller was once not able to show within the rebound.
Benfica, these days 3rd within the Portuguese league, then stepped up the force in the second one part and were given their praise within the 72nd minute.
Veteran Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer may just handiest parry out a Goncalo Ramos shot and the enormous Yaremchuk — who had changed Brazilian world Everton 10 mins previous — was once in a position to move within the free ball.