Danes bring joy to ArenA

Danes bring joy to ArenA

Ajax ended its last home match of 2014-2015 with a win against SC Cambuur. With two goals, Viktor Fischer was the match winner against the Fries team. Lasse Schöne scored the final goal, bringing the game to 3-0.

‘There’s nothing left to win. Let’s look forward to a new season where there is something to win.’ Frank de Boer’s words before the game, at the desk of Ajax TV Kick Off, set the tone of an (almost) completed season. Before the home game against Cambuur – Ajax’s last one of 2014-2015 – the Amsterdam team had a stronghold on second place.

The emphasis on Sunday was to end the season (at home) with dignity. Ajax – Cambuur was the last possibility to give the fans a treat after a somewhat lackluster season. The home game was also the stage for a few nice additions that, traditionally, give Ajax’s last home game a bit more glamour. In addition to honouring the Ajacied of the year and Talent of the Year, this Mother’s Day also featured the mothers of the selection players. This gave Ajax’s last home game of the season a pleasant, family feeling.

De Boer put his trust in Kenny Tete as right back. Tete has been making a better impression lately than his competitor, Ricardo van Rhijn. “He needs to do better, and Ricardo knows it”, said the Ajax coach. Davy Klaassen is injured and will therefore miss the final phase of the season. Viktor Fischer started as Ajax’s centre forward, while Niklas Moisander appeared at 14:30 sharp at kick-off for his last match as an Ajacied. The 29 year-old Finn will continue his career next season in Italy with Sampdoria. After the match against the Fries team, Moisander was thanked for his services to Ajax. The honouring ceremony gave a special something to the afternoon. The defender may also possibly be playing in next week’s game at FC Dordrecht, the last of ’14-’15.

Prior to kick-off, Cambuur had already been assured of its best ever performance in club history. For the Fries team, playing in the ArenA without coach Henk de Jong (recovering from a medical procedure) there isn’t much more that can be gained from this season. Cambuur currently has 41 points, which is more than last year’s record 39 points. Former player and current assistant coach Sandor van der Heide took over the Fries bench on behalf of the yellow-and-blue team.

Despite the fact that the true outcomes were already written on the wall, Ajax – Cambuur was exciting. Offensive waves came again and again; play went from goal to goal, and back. Cambuur played as it has for the whole season in the Eredivisie: fresh, active and hungry. This record number of points is a well-earned reward for the work of coach De Jong, his staff and players. However, Cambuur has not managed to win any of its last nine Eredivisie away games. Moreover, Cambuur has only earned a scant two points away in all of 2015.

Cambuur midfielder Sander van de Streek opened the shooting in the second minute. His attempt disappeared high over the goal of Jasper Cillessen, Ajax Player of the Year. Anwar El Ghazi (Ajax Talent of the Year) and Riechedly Bazoer sent replies to the Fries team. Right winger El Ghazi shot the ball right into the hands of goalie Leonard Nienhuis. Midfielder Bazoer ended the first fifteen minutes with a shot, which Nienhuis saved.

Former Ajacied Daniël de Ridder’s return to the ArenA was almost cut short before the break. The winger, who already had a yellow card, and made clear use of his hands. However, referee Jochem Kamphuis spared De Ridder a second, fatal yellow card.

An attempt from El Ghazi (great curve ball, just wide) was the prelude to an Amsterdam opening goal. Ajax – Cambuur got exactly what it needed in the 57th minute: a goal. Centre forward Fischer finished off his left winger Ricardo Kishna’s good prep work off with a shot: 1-0.
Ajax seemed relieved of a huge burden after this goal. Five minutes after the liberating goal, Fisher struck again. Face to face with Nienhuis, the Dane finished off with his left foot: 2-0. Substitute Lasse Schöne created a breathtaking moment with his shot onto the post. The experienced Dane made good a few minutes later. Schöne curved his free kick into the goal, out of Nienhuis’ reach: 3-0.

Thus three Ajax goals were celebrated in the last home game. On Sunday, the Danes were the ones to bring joy to the ArenA. The last home game ended with a smile.