Champions League: Ajax outclass Rangers in dazzling start to campaign

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The Hauge (Netherlands), 8 September Dutch champions Ajax kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign with a convincing 4-0 victory over Rangers in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder surprisingly picked Mohammed Kudus as a central striker, while Calvin Bassey, who joined Ajax from Rangers in August, started in defence.

For Scottish giants Rangers, the game at the Johan Cruyff Arena marked their return to the Champions League after a 12-year absence.

From the start, Ajax dominated Rangers. Edson Alvarez led Ajax in front from a Steven Berghuis corner and the latter doubled the mark.

Coach Schreuder’s choice of Kudus, who was denied a move to Everton in August, proved a wise one with the Ghanaian playing well and scoring the third goal, Xinhua reports.

In the second half, the pace of the game slowed and Ajax seemed satisfied. A Rangers Borna Barisic goal was disallowed for offside and Steven Bergwijn made it 4-0 after a Ryan Jack error.

Next up for Ajax in Group A is Liverpool at Anfield on September 13, while Rangers host Napoli.

–IANS

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