Tomás Galásek was Co Adriaanse's protegé when the coach took the midfielder with him to Ajax from Willem II. Ajax's captain on the night made sure his former coach, now the leader of AZ, went home without points when he made a penalty in the final minute and Ajax defeated AZ: 3-2
Ajax kept their rivals for first place in the league at bay, but it was not easy. In a great match, AZ took the lead twice. Ajax made up for it twice, and won in the final minute of regular time.
Ajax, without the suspended Rafael van der Vaart and the injured Steven Pienaar and Hatem Trabelsi, faced a deficit twice in the first half. Kenneth Perez put AZ in the lead, after which Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised. But then it was Perez again who put AZ back on top: 1-2.
Coach Ronald Koeman brought on Nicolae Mitea after halftime for Tom Soetaers. Later in the second half he also replaced Wesley Sneijder and Johnny Heitinga with Wamberto and Jari Litmanen. Nigel de Jong, who played a terrific match, headed in the equaliser. Both teams had their chances after that, with Ajax getting the best opportunities. After Wesley Sonck had been brought down in the box, it was Tomás Galásek who made sure the three points stayed in Amsterdam and Ajax were the sole leaders in Holland.