Ajax loses friendly game in Germany

Ajax loses friendly game in Germany

On Tuesday afternoon, Ajax lost a closed friendly game against Preußen Munster.  The German team celebrated a 3-1 win.  Rasmus Kristensen scored the 1-1 goal in the first half, which was the halftime score.  After this exchange of goals, Preußen Munster scored twice more.

This game against Preußen Munster, a club playing in the 3. Liga, had been planned for the Ajacieds on the second day of their training camp in Germany.  Earlier that day, Erik ten Hag had held an early, short practice.

Chance for Huntelaar

Just like at the start of the pre-season, on Saturday against VVSB (0-7), Ten Hag went with two completely different teams in each half.  The 11 from the first half dominated in terms of possession and thus were the stronger team.   In the 18th minute, Klaas Jan Huntelaar had the first big opportunity of the match, but, after outplaying the Preußen Munster keeper, his shot was rescued from the goal line.  On the opposite side, a goal came swiftly.  A quick counter was rounded off by Rodriguez.  Ajax’s reply came soon after.  Kristensen came up, was freed up and pulled the trigger.  The Dane’s shot was touched by goalie Oliver Schnitzler, but disappeared into the German goal: 1-1.

David Neres could have given Ajax the lead before halftime, but he stumbled on Schnitzler.  Shortly before the opening goal, the Brazilian had also come close. 

In the second half, Ajax initially had the upper hand. But it was Preußen Munster that once again successfully counteres.  A pass from the right was shot into the goal by the second post by Tobias Rühle: 2-1.

Ajax was on the hunt for the 2-2 goal and attempted to score from far out,  just like earlier in the second half.  Nicolas Kühn was simply unlucky when his shot hit the post.  Fifteen minutes before time, Lukas Cueto determined the final score, 3-1.

Preußen Munster – Ajax 3-1 (1-1). 19. Rodriguez 1-0, 26. Kristensen 1-1, 60. Rühle 2-1, 74. Cueto 3-1

 First half line-up: Van Leer, Kristensen, De Ligt, Wöber, Bakker, Eiting, Gravenberch, Labyad

Bandé, Huntelaar, Neres

Second half line-up: Lamprou, Mazraoui, Schuurs, Botman, Orejuela, Ekkelenkamp, Bijleveld, De Wit, Nunnely, Sierhuis, Kuhn