Ajax defeats Liverpool

Ajax defeats Liverpool

Ajax has won their first AEGON Future Cup match against Liverpool FC on Saturday. A late goal from captain Ouasim Bouy decided the game: 0-1.

Ajax B1 coach Robin Pronk looks back on a successful day. “You can definitely be satisfied if you win your first game”, confirms the youth team trainer. His team fought hard against the English formation. At the start of the match – which consisted of two thirty minute halves – the team from Amsterdam had a tough time with their opponents from Liverpool. “There was a lot of tension among the players at the beginning. Liverpool is a very good team, and a very high performance level was required of the players”, said Pronk. With their quick transitions and physical strength, Liverpool was able to create a few opportunities, among which from Toni Brito Silva and Craig Roddan – both shots nipped over the Ajax goal – but didn’t create any real threats. There were also opportunities for Ajax. Terell Ondaan took a hard shot from far out at the English goal. A good save by the keeper prevented an early lead on Liverpool. Stefano Denswill created opportunities, with a shot and a header. The Amsterdammers’ play became more fluid as the match wore on. “We grew into the match, and we were stronger in the last fifteen to twenty minutes”, observed Pronk.

It was no surprise then that Ajax BI struck when they did. Four minutes before time, captain Ouasim Bouy scored the only goal with a beautiful shot. “We had a hard time in the beginning”, was Bouy’s observation. “But we got better as the match progressed. I thought they were very strong physically. They played hard, but I think we dealt with it well.”

A late goal from captain Ouasim Bouy decided the game: 0-1.
A late goal from captain Ouasim Bouy decided the game: 0-1.

The first day of the football tournament was thus a success for Ajax. Playing against the top international clubs is a good gauge. “They learn to play with a high level of stamina. Everything has to work: quick feet, to demarcation. With these participants, this is the highest level in Europe.” When would Pronk consider the tournament to be a success? “If we win, and play good Ajax-level football.”

The first day of the football tournament was thus a success for Ajax. Playing against the top international clubs is a good gauge. “They learn to play with a high level of stamina. Everything has to work: quick feet, to demarcation. With these participants, this is the highest level in Europe.” When would Pronk consider the tournament to be a success? “If we win, and play good Ajax-level football.”

The AEGON Future Cup is a unique experience for the team, and for everyone taking part. “What makes it special is the fact that we organised it, and that we have one of the top training programs globally, and we have the top international teams participating.”

On Sunday, Ajax is scheduled to play two matches: Ajax – China U17, and Ajax – FC Barcelona. Ajax’s two upcoming opponents played each other to a 0-0 tie on Saturday, on the artificial turf of de Toekomst. In pool B, Bayern München defeated AC Milan thanks to goals from Dominik Gossner. The matchup between RSC Anderlecht and the Texan club FC Dallas ended with a 4-1 win for the Belgians.

Squad Ajax B1: Peter Leeuwenburgh; Sven Nieuwpoort, Fabian Sporkslede, Stefano Denswil, Xandro Schenk; Youssef Fennich, Davy Klaassen, Ouasim Bouy; Lesly de Sa, Rowendy Schoop, Terell Ondaan.

Schedule Sunday 4 april:
AC Milan - FC Dallas (12.00, main field)
FC Bayern München - RSC Anderlecht (12.00, field 1)
Ajax - China U-17 (13.30, main field)
FC Barcelona - Liverpool FC (13.30, field 1)
AC Milan - RSC Anderlecht (15.00, main field)
FC Bayern München - FC Dallas (15.00,field 1)
Ajax - FC Barcelona (16.30, main field)
Liverpool FC - China U-17 (16.30, field 1)

Buy your tickets for the AEGON Future Cup’s final day, and become a member of the Ajax Kids Club (0-12 years), Ajax Jong Schare (13-17 years) or Ajax Life (18+), free of charge, by showing your ticket. Visit the information stand for more information. You will receive a welcome package if you become a member during this day.

Ajax played a good match against Liverpool.
Ajax played a good match against Liverpool.
Jessua Cruijff, grandson of Johan Cruijff, played against China U17.
Jessua Cruijff, grandson of Johan Cruijff, played against China U17.
Bayern Munich defeated AC Milan with 2-0.
Bayern Munich defeated AC Milan with 2-0.