Two records tumbled for Lassina Traore who scored his first Champions League goal in Ajax’s 2-2 draw versus Atalanta on Thursday.
In the process, the 19-year-old became the 30th different teenager to start a Champions League match for the 34-time Eredivisie kings – the most of any team in the competition’s history, overtaking Arsenal who are on 29.
The Burkina Faso international justified his place in the starting XI by having a hand in the goals scored by the Dutch team. In the 28th minute, he won a penalty for Ajax having been fouled by Robin Gosens who attacked him with a high boot while trying to clear a cross from Dusan Tadic.
Tadic converted the resulting kick after beating goalkeeper Marco Sportiello. Traore doubled his side’s advantage in the 38th minute after slotting home a rebound from Sportiello’s initial save.
That made him become the seventh African teenager to net on his first start in the tournament. Maxwell Cornet was the last African to achieve that feat – finding the net as Lyon defeated host Valencia 2-0 on December 9, 2020.
Despite going into the half-time break with a two-goal advantage, Atalanta put up a fine showing in the second half to ensure the game ended on a no winner, no vanquished note thanks to Duvan Zapata’s quickfire brace.
Traore was in action from start to finish alongside Cameroon international Andre Onana. Morocco defender Noussair Mazraoui was handed a starter’s role but was substituted in the 56th minute for Sean Klaiber.
Mazraoui’s compatriot Zakaria Labyad replaced Anthony in the 90th minute as Burkina Faso’s Hassane Bande was not listed for the game.
Thanks to this result, Ajax are third in Group D with one point from two games – five points behind leaders Liverpool who subdued Midtjylland 2-0 at Anfield.
Source : goal.com