Valencia knocks Ajax out of CL with 1-0 win to advance

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rodrigo scored the winner as Valencia beat Ajax 1-0 away Tuesday to advance in the Champions League while knocking out last season’s semifinalist.

The Spanish forward scored against the run of play in the 24th when Ferrán Torres played the ball in for him to rifle into the roof of the net.

“We’ve taken a great club back to where it’s not been for a long time,” said Rodrigo, whose side is through to the last 16 for the first time since 2012-13.

Ajax, which won the sides’ previous meeting 3-0 in Spain, entered the game as the leader in Group H, but finished third on 10 points after Chelsea won its game against Lille 2-1.
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