Ajax drop points in The Hague
Ajax could not win against ADO in The Hague: 1-1. ,,A pity”, Marco van Basten said. ,,But it is a fair result.”
,,If you can't do it on technique, then you have to fight to win”, Van Basten said. ,,Unfortunately, we did neither.”
Ajax's lineup was on three places different than the team that beat FC Utrecht a week earlier. Leonardo took the place of the suspended Luis Suarez. In midfield the injured Jan Vertonghen and Eyong Enoh were missing, and they were replaced by Ismaïl Aissati and Evander Sno.
Neither side did very much in the first 45 minutes. But in the second half the action began. Ajax started the second half well, with Aissati giving off his calling card. The midfielder played cleverly and showed some nice moves and touches. Robbert Schilder took Evander Sno's place after 56 minutes, because Sno had already been given a yellow card and seemed to be on the verge of getting another. Ajax took the lead after 60 minutes when Rob Wielaert's shot was defelcted and went in.
Immediately after, the home side went on the attack. Substitute Wesley Verhoek was on the pitch for only a minute when he fired the equaliser past Kenneth Vermeer: 1-1.
Marco van Basten then brought on Dario Cvitanich for Urby Emanuelson. The Argentinian striker, who missed the recent matches due to an injury, had a good chance in the 71st minute. The cross came from Aissati, but Cvitanich found the goalkeeper in his way. Ajax came close to making it 1-2 once more, when Sulejmani moved on the left flank and delivered a sharp cross that was cleared over the ADO goal by Mitchell Piqué. The Hague kept Ajax at bay after that and were happy with a point.