Ajax beats Dinamo 2-0 in Champions League
Second-half goals from Derk Boerrigter and Christian Eriksen put Ajax's Champions League campaign on track with 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
The Dutch side's first goals of this season's competition moved it up to second place in Group D, five points behind runaway leader Real Madrid, but ahead of Lyon on goal difference.
Both teams failed to convert a number of good chances in the first half, with Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer stopping efforts by Fatos Beqiraj and Sammir in the opening 10 minutes before the visitors took control.
Siem de Jong had two opportunities to break the deadlock, with a shot that flew wide in the 11th minute and a header in first-half stoppage time that clipped the post.
Boerrigter finally put Ajax ahead in the 49th minute following a surging run by Miralem Sulejmani, who slipped the ball through three defenders for the winger to rifle home a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.
Ajax had further chances to increase its lead with Dinamo keeper Ivan Kelava making another vital save in the 70th minute, stopping a shot from Theo Janssen, while De Jong hit the bar for a second time just three minutes later.
Teenage forward Christian Eriksen finally sealed the win in the 90th minute after expertly beating his marker and steering the ball past Kelava following a breakaway.
Dinamo Zagreb coach Krunoslav Jurcic said ''obviously, we have problems scoring.''
Kelava added that ''had we managed to score at the beginning, it would been a different story.''
Dinamo is bottom of the group with no points and no goals from its three games.