AEK were outclassed in their Champions League opener against Ajax on Wednesday as the SuperLeague champions were beaten soundly 3-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
After dominating possession but failing to score in the first half, Argentina defender Tagliafico broke the deadlock just after the break and made it 3-0 in the 90th minute with an effort from an acute angle on the left that sailed over AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas and into the goal.
In between, substitute Donny van de Beek doubled Ajax’s lead with a powerful close-range volley in the 77th.
In its next game AEK is hosting Benfica at the Olympic Stadium of Athens on October 2. AEK needs all three points from this game to maintain any hope of progress in the competition.