Onana acknowledges he made a ‘really big mistake’ in Ajax draw


Andre Onana has acknowledged he made a “really big mistake” in Ajax’s 1-1 draw with Benfica in Group E of the Champions League.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 18: Andre Onana of Ajax in action during the Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven held at Amsterdam Arena on December 18, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ajax goalkeeper Onana gifted Benfica an opener in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s encounter in Lisbon, putting the visitors’ defence under pressure with an unnecessary Cruyff Turn before failing to deal with the resulting throw-in, enabling Jonas to tuck home.

Onana insists that Erik ten Hag’s side were always confident of fighting back.

“I made a really big mistake. I made the wrong choices, twice, which led to their goal,” Onana told UEFA.com.

“But as a goalkeeper you just have to be strong and look forward.

“Even though it wasn’t our best game, I still thought we were better than Benfica.

“We kept faith, because we have great strikers so there was always belief that we could score.”


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