Ajax, Brugge, Slavia Prague advance to the Champions League
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Edson Álvarez, the defender Ajax bought to replace departed captain Matthijs de Ligt, scored the decisive goal Wednesday to give the Dutch team a place in the Champions League group stage.
Ajax’s new captain, playmaker Dusan Tadic, struck with a powerful shot in the 80th to complete the 2-0 aggregate victory for last season’s semifinalist.
Brugge beat LASK Linz 2-1 for a 3-1 aggregate win, and Slavia’s second 1-0 win over CFR Club made it 2-0 on aggregate.
The losing playoff teams will enter the 48-team Europa League group stage, which is drawn Friday.