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16.09.2021 Africa

Haller scores four on Champions League debut in Ajax romp

By AFP
Night to remember: Ajax forward Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring in Lisbon.  By PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (AFP)
LISTEN SEP 16, 2021
Night to remember: Ajax forward Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring in Lisbon. By PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (AFP)

Ajax Amsterdam's Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller marked his Champions League debut with four goals in a 5-1 romp at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.

Haller, who moved from West Ham for 22.5 million euros in January after netting 14 times in 54 outings for the Londoners, scored in the second, ninth, 53rd and 63rd minutes.

The 27-year-old has been in a rich vein of form recently having also scored twice in nine minutes to give the Ivory Coast a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Cameroon last week.

Steven Berghuis added the other goal for the four-time European champions with Paulinho grabbing a consolation for the Portuguese side in the Group C clash.

In the group's other match on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund came away from Turkey with a 2-1 win over Besiktas in Istanbul.

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