On Wednesday night against Beşiktaş, West Ham flop Sebastian Haller led Ajax’s 2-1 second-half comeback win by scoring both of the club’s goals, banishing his Premier League woes for good. According to Opta, the Ivorian international set a Champions League record by scoring more goals (nine) in his first five UCL matches than any player in the competition’s history. Erling Haaland had previously held the mark, with eight.
Ajax has won each of its five Champions League games this season, more than enough to clinch its group and advance to the knockout stages. With his two goals, the $19million buy also drew even with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski atop the UCL goalscoring charts this season.
Haller has now scored in every game of the Champions League group stage, a record previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo in his 2017/2018 campaign with Real Madrid. The Portugal international is on course to match that feat again when Manchester United face Young Boys tonight.