Ajax continued their total dominance as the half progressed, but Ryan Gravenberch didn’t make the most of ‘Die Schwarzgelben’ opening up, giving Gregor Kobel a simple save. The goalkeeper was also equal to the 19-year-old’s far better free-kick, tipping it onto the post with his fingertips. As for Dortmund, Erling Haaland finally got a chance on the stroke of HT, but Remko Pasveer dealt with the Norwegian’s strike, before repelling him again with a far more impressive save moments after the break.
Gravenberch was denied yet again shortly after, but the hosts continued to push forward. Having been a threat all night, Antony eventually got his goal in the 57th minute, as the Brazilian cut inside Emre Can and bent a beautiful effort into the bottom corner. Champions League top-scorer Haller then headed home Blind’s cross in the 72nd minute to add one extra layer of shine to a great result for Ajax, who have won ten of their last 12 matches in all competitions and sit top of a group many believe they can now go on to win.