Hakim Ziyech scored a brilliant opener as Ajax continued to impress in the Champions League with a convincing victory in Valencia.

He hit a 25-yard strike into the top corner before Valencia captain Dani Parejo blazed a penalty over the bar.

Donny van de Beek picked out Quincy Promes to double unbeaten Ajax’s lead before Ziyech and Valencia’s Rodrigo hit the woodwork.

Van de Beek ran on to Dusan Tadic’s pass to score an Ajax third.

Since the start of last season, only Lionel Messi, with 12 goals and four assists, has been involved in more Champions League goals than Tadic, who has six goals and seven assists – he also set up Ziyech’s opener.

Despite selling several key players in the summer, last year’s semi-finalists Ajax have won both group games 3-0 – they beat Lille at home in their opener – after coming through two rounds of qualifying.

Their next two Champions League games are against Chelsea, who won 201 at Lille on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 13Cillessen
  • 18Wass
  • 24GarayBooked at 76mins
  • 5Gabriel
  • 3CostaBooked at 45mins
  • 20TorresSubstituted forCheryshevat 76′minutes
  • 17CoquelinSubstituted forCorreiaat 70′minutes
  • 10Parejo
  • 7Gonçalo Guedes
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 22GómezSubstituted forLeeat 57′minutesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 1Doménech
  • 2Correia
  • 11Cheryshev
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 15Vallejo Galván
  • 16Lee
  • 23Sobrino

Ajax

  • 24OnanaBooked at 61mins
  • 28Dest
  • 3VeltmanBooked at 12mins
  • 17BlindBooked at 82mins
  • 31TagliaficoBooked at 27mins
  • 4Álvarez
  • 21MartínezBooked at 60mins
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forHuntelaarat 85′minutes
  • 6van de BeekSubstituted forde Jongat 88′minutes
  • 11PromesBooked at 81minsSubstituted forNeres Camposat 81′minutes
  • 10Tadic

Substitutes

  • 1Semedo Varela
  • 2Schuurs
  • 5Pierie
  • 7Neres Campos
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 15de Jong
  • 18Marin
Referee:
Daniele Orsato

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamAjax
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia 0, Ajax 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia 0, Ajax 3.

Lee Kang-In (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Siem de Jong (Ajax).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergiño Dest (Ajax).

Foul by Lee Kang-In (Valencia).

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joël Veltman (Ajax).

Attempt missed. Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lisandro Martínez.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Siem de Jong replaces Donny van de Beek.

Offside, Valencia. Gonçalo Guedes tries a through ball, but Denis Cheryshev is caught offside.

Offside, Ajax. Daley Blind tries a through ball, but Donny van de Beek is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Lisandro Martínez (Ajax) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Klaas Jan Huntelaar replaces Hakim Ziyech.

Attempt missed. Jaume Costa (Valencia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Ajax).

Booking

Daley Blind (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daley Blind (Ajax).

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. David Neres replaces Quincy Promes.

Booking

Quincy Promes (Ajax) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Sergiño Dest (Ajax) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jaume Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Denis Cheryshev replaces Ferrán Torres.

Booking

Ezequiel Garay (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ezequiel Garay (Valencia).

Donny van de Beek (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Daniel Wass (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gonçalo Guedes.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Joël Veltman.

Daniel Wass (Valencia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Edson Álvarez (Ajax).

Booking

Lee Kang-In (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Kang-In (Valencia).

Edson Álvarez (Ajax) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Thierry Correia replaces Francis Coquelin.

Attempt blocked. Donny van de Beek (Ajax) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ferrán Torres.