,,If there were to be a winner, Ajax would have won on points. There have been duller 0-0 matches to watch.'' Ajax coach Danny Blind summarized the Dutch league clash Ajax - PSV in two sentences. The match was a reasonable rehearsal for the Champions League match against Internazionale. But the home side was left with a slightly unsatisfied feeling after a terrific second half. Unfortunately, only in jury sports there can be a winner on points.
Despite the fantastic atmosphere in the Amsterdam ArenA, the match got off to a slow start. With the crucial match with Inter only days away, maybe the Ajax players were looking past the present match in the first half. PSV were a little less careless. Ajax's only real chance was for Steven Pienaar. Hedwiges Maduro found the South African with a good pass but the midfieldershot the ball against the massive body of PSV goalkeeper Gomes. The home side were lucky that Timmy Simons hit the post after 15 minutes.
,,The first half went to PSV, but the second half more so to Ajax, said Blind. ,,I counted four of five good chances for us in the second half. We should have made at elast one goal.'' Markus Rosenberg was especially dangerous in the second half. When Ajax got more grip on the match, the Swede found Gomes on his way each time he broke free of the PSV defenders. After Jefferson Farfán and Arouna Koné had tested goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Maduro left good chances go to waste.
Despite the missed chances, Ajax left a good impression against the league leaders. That should give the side confidence for the match in Milan.