A1 convincing in Youth League opener

Ajax A1 has convincingly won its first match in the UEFA Youth League. They defeated their Paris Saint-Germain counterparts 6-1. Donny van de Beek was Ajax’s hero, scoring three goals. The other Ajax goals were scored by centre forward Adham El Idrissi and defender Jairo Riedewald, who made good on a penalty in the final minutes.

Under the warm autumn sun, coach Frank Peereboom had several fresh players from higher up teams at his disposal. Thus Damon Mirani (Ajax Reserves) was in central defense, with Jairo Riedewald. Terry Lartey Sanniez moved to the right back position. The rest of the team consisted mostly of familiar names, although the Croatian Robert Muric was on right wing this time.
From the first minute, Ajax’s aim was clear: to keep three points in Amsterdam. After El Idrissi had missed two good shots on goal, it was Van de Beek on a pass from outstanding Vaclav Cerny who scored: 1-0. Fifteen minutes later, Ajax doubled the score. An outstanding cross pass from Abdelhak Nouri offered Cerny another opportunity to make a scoring pass, and El Idrissi took full advantage of the opportunity.

Ajax played combinations as if its life depended on it and soon after, the ball was once again in the goal. Van de Beek sent left back Mauro Savastano deep in the same way as he had with Idrissi on the previous goal, giving him a great opportunity to score the 3-0 goal. PSG was barely able to do anything in reply, making it seem like the win was already in the bag by halftime.

After the break, Ajax continued in the same vein. In the 55th minute, Ajax was treated to the crowd’s applause when, after several technical feats, the 4-0 goal came: Van de Beek was on the receiving end on a great attack which started with genius passing moves by Riedewald.

Later on, Van de Beek trumped his last goal. PSG’s keeper wasn’t able to clear the ball properly, and the blond midfielder, from a great distance, scored with a beautiful lob, 5-0. After that, Ajax became somewhat sloppier, and although they still had some great opportunities, Yohann Demoncy scored the only goal against, 5-1. After a PSG handball, Czech referee Proske whistled for a penalty, which was mercilessly sent against the ropes by Riedewald.

Coach Peereboom was pleased with the team performance: “Our intentions were clear. We wanted to apply pressure from the start, ensure that we gained control and then, with offensive football, entertain the crowd. The result was a bit secondary, because we mainly wanted to play good football. But we were rewarded by the great goals that came in the game.”

Peereboom won’t have much time to enjoy it, as a long series of matches is awaiting the team next week: “On Sunday we meet ADO Den Haag, and the guys need to bring it to that game. We need to move on today and tomorrow, and then focus immediately on the next match. Hopefully they’ll be able to be as enthusiastic and hungry as today.”

Score summary: Ajax A1 - Paris Saint Germain A1 6-1 (3-0), 16. Donny van de Beek 1-0, 31. Adham El Idrissi 2-0, 40. Adham El Idrissi 3-0, 55. Donny van de Beek 4-0, 62. Donny van de Beek 5-0, 72. Yohann Demoncy 5-1, 86. Jairo Riedewald 6-1 (pen.)

Ajax A1: Indy Groothuizen, Terry Lartey Sanniez, Damon Mirani, Jairo Riedewald, Mauro Savastano (55. Shaquill Sno), Donny van de Beek, Robert Muric, Abdelhak Nouri (58. Gino Dekker), Adham El Idrissi, Vaclav Cerny, Ashraf El Mahdioui (63. Markus Bay)

Paris Saint Germain A1: Rémy Descamps, Alec Georgen (73.Bryan Goncalves), Fodé Ballo Toure, Dylan Batubinsika, Felix Eboa Eboa, Bryan Mavinzi, Jean-Kevin Augustin (63. Sascha Franco Gallart), Yohann Demoncy, Bryan Labissiere, Roli Pereira de Sa (63. Devon Romil), Yakou Meite