Ajax got off to a disappointing start to the new season. The team lost in Tilburg to Willem II: 2-1. ,,There is much work to be done’’, Marco van Basten said.
At first, Ajax seemed fine. Micky Sulejmani's 23rd-minute strike was a true highlight and gave Ajax the lead. Luis Suarez had some opportunities to widen the gap. The Uruguayan forward showed great moves, but could not convert. In the end, Willem II were sharper and more accurate and Ajax got off to a false start of the new season.
,,In the preseason we had little opportunity to play in this lineup and it was difficult then’’, Marco van Basten said. ,,There is much work to be done. I am disappointed, that should be obvious. We have ourselves to blame for this loss; we didn't perform well. Let's now focus on our next match, in two weeks at home against Roda JC.’’
Of all the players who made their debut for Ajax this Saturday, Evander Sno will want to forget this match the most. Especially in the first half he played well. But his match lasted seven minutes too short. After a seemingly harmless collision with Mehmet Akgün, Sno was sent off by referee Pieter Vink.
Van Basten had his doubts about Vink's decision. ,,Unfortunately it cannot be undone. But it looked like there were two players involved in that challenge…’’
Sno himself was also flabbergasted. ,,It is not in my style to hit a player, I did not feel a thing. I understand why he blew his whistle, but I was really surprised to see him draw a red card. I hope that the people who have something to say about it, will have a good look at the footage.’’
After goals by Frank Demouge and Akgün in the second half, Ajax had to try to catch up but did not succeed against the physically strong and passionate opponent. Substitutes Gregory van der Wiel, Jeffrey Sarpong and Dario Cvitanich could not change the tide.
The first match ended in disappointment. But Ajax still have 33 matches to repair the damage.