In group E after three matches undisputed favourites to go through to the 1/8 finals of League of Champions were Bayern and Ajax.
Ex-defender of Shakhtar and the national team of Ukraine Dmytro Chygrynskyy didn’t save AEK from the home defeat in the match against the crisis “Bavaria”. The Greeks lasted until the middle of the second half, but a two-minute failure finally destroyed their hopes for a positive result.
A second away victory in League of Champions “Bavaria” has brought goals from Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski, who scored 14 goals last 16 matches in the tournament.
AEK – Bayern 0:2
Goals: Martinez, 61, Lewandowski, 63
AEK: Barkas – Vakakis, Labropoulos, Chygrynskiy, Hult – Galanopoulos (Halo, 64), Simoes – Bacasmas, Klonaridis (Boyer, 64), a shot on target. (Aleph, 76) Ponce.
Bayern: Neuer – Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Rafinha – Rodriguez (Goretzka, 63), Martinez, Alcantara – Robben, Lewandowski (Wagner, 84), Gnabry (Mueller, 75).
Ajax in injury time snatched victory over Benfica. A minute before the final whistle Noussair Mazroui long-range shot with the aid of a deflection brought the Dutch an important victory over the main competitor for a place in the playoffs.
“Ajax” for the third time in history and first time since the 1995-96 season began the performance in the Europa League with five consecutive victories in home matches.
Ajax– Benfica 1:0
Goal: Masrawy, 90
Ajax: Onan, blind, de Light, Talarico, Mazroui, de Jong, Schone, Ziyech, van de Beek (NARES, 88), Tadic, Dolberg.
Benfica: Lagodimos, Conti, Grimaldo, André Almeida, Jardel, Gedson Fernandes, Face, Pizzi (Pires, 79), Salvio, Rafa Silva (Servi, 90), Seferovic.
Warning: Mazrui, Onan, Tagliafico – Conti, Jardel, Salvio, Seferovic
Standings: Ajax – 7, Bavaria – 7, Benfica – 3, ECA – 0.