Champions League round-up: Ajax held by Russians in Amsterdam

Borussia Monchengladbach in the box seat against Young Boys as are Dinamo Zagreb

Ajax will head to Russia for their second leg of their Champions League play-off all square after being held 1-1 by Rostov in Amsterdam.

Rostov stunned the home side when taking an early lead through midfielder Christian Noboa’s 13th-minute free-kick, but Ajax responded before the break through Davy Klaassen’s 38th-minute penalty for Cesar Navas’ foul on Riechedly Bazoer.

Ajax created a host of chances and were denied on several occasions by Rostov goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev.

Dinamo Zagreb were also held 1-1 at home by Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg.


Valentino Lazaro headed Salzburg into a 59th-minute lead and the Croatian side were rescued by Marko Rog's 76th-minute penalty after he had been fouled by Bernardo.

FC Copenhagen will defend a slender 1-0 lead in the return leg in Cyprus after beating Apoel Nicosia 1-0 thanks to Andrija Pavlovic's angled drive two minutes before the break.

Borussia Monchengladbach are in the box seat in their tie against Young Boys following a 3-1 win in Bern.

Young Boys, who knocked out Shakhtar Donetsk in the third qualifying round, went behind in the 11th minute when Raffael fired home from outside the box — but they equalised through Miralem Sulejmani's close-range finish in the 56th minute.

The German side regained the lead through Andre Hahn's emphatic finish in the 67th minute and opened up a two-goal cushion two minutes later when Young Boys defender Alain Rochat deflected Raffael's shot into his own net.