Ajax leave points to Excelsior

Ajax leave points to Excelsior

Excelsior defeated Ajax for the first time in history on Sunday. The home side won by 2-1 in Rotterdam and Ajax lost their lead in the league table.

League leaders Ajax lost to bottom-dwellers Excelsior in Rotterdam. On the frosted pitch Hedwiges Maduro scored the only Ajax goal. The midfielder brought his team back to 2-1 after an hour. Bu that was as far as Ajax got this Sunday.

A former Ajax player gave his team the lead against the Amsterdam side. Mitchell Piqué scored in the first minute when he had time and space to come forward on the left flank. With a hard strike he defeated goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Shortly after halftime, the defender made things worse for his former club. This time Stekelenburg managed to save Piqué's effort, but Geert den Ouden had no trouble putting away the rebound.

Ajax created many chances in the match, but the surplus of possession was only good for one goal. One time the visitors had reason to complain. No penalty was given after a foul on Luis Suarez. Instead, referee Nijhuis booked the forward for diving, to the chagrin of the normally stoic coach Adre Koster. ,,That was a hundred percent penalty'', the Ajax boss said. ,,Nothing went our way this match. You cannot lose to Excelsior, especially when you are trying to win the title. But it's the reality. We did not look good and we should have dealt better with the circumstances.''

Ajax were without defender George Ogararu, who was ill. He was replaced by Jurgen Colin in the starting lineup. Vito Wormgoor of Young Ajax took place on the bench, but did not make his debut.

Ajax play two more matches in 2007. Thursday 27 December FC Twente come to Amsterdam and Ajax play at VVV-Venlo on Sunday 30 December.