Ivorian Haller scores in six Champions League group games to match Ronaldo feat

Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller kept up his remarkable scoring streak as Ajax beat Sporting Lisbon 4-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

As the Dutch maintained their 100% record in Group C, Haller achieved the feat of scoring in every group game.

Haller became the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo, in 2017-18, to score in all six games as his eighth-minute penalty took his tally this year to 10.

Only Ronaldo, who scored 11 in 2015-16, has surpassed that in the group stages.

The former West Ham striker, 27, is also the first player to score in his first six Champions League appearances with Alessandro Del Piero, Diego Costa and Erling Haaland all on target in their first five.

Sporting equalised through Nuno Santos in the 22nd minute but Brazilian Antony restored the Dutch side’s lead just before half-time after a horrible defensive error by the visitors.

David Neres extended Ajax’s advantage after 58 minutes before Steven Berghuis added the fourth, but Sporting got a late consolation when Bruno Tabata’s thunderous side-footed shot crashed home off the underside of the bar.

Ajax topped Group C with a maximum 18 points while the Portuguese champions, who had already been confirmed runners-up, finished with nine, using the last group match to give several young players a first run-out in European competition.

The match was played behind closed doors because of Dutch government restrictions imposed following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the Netherlands.

Source: 3news

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