Galásek leads Ajax to victory against Willem II

Galásek leads Ajax to victory against Willem II

Off all people, it was Tomás Galásek, who started the match against his old club Willem II, who gave Ajax the lead in the first half. The best player on the side of Ajax fired an outside shot with his left foot past goalkeeper Moens. Angelos Charisteas doubled Ajax's lead a few minutes before the end: 0-2. Coach Danny Blind was pleased with the way his team had played.

The match started half an hour later because of a severe thunderstorm above the Willem II stadium. But when the two teams took the pitch, Ajax were the better team. For more than an hour, Ajax put the opponent under pressure. The first real chances started coming after about twenty minutes. Wesley Sneijder and Ryan Babel saw their efforts stopped by goalkeeper Oscar Moens.

Ten minutes before halftime it was Tomás Galásek who found the net. The Czech midfielder scored with a superb left-footed shot from distance after Markus Rosenberg picked him out on the right side. ,,It was a great goal'', the captain said with relief. Galásek went through a lesser period in the past weeks and had to sit on the bench for a while. But in his first start in a league match this season he showed his worth. ,,It was difficult to sit on the bench, but you have to stay calm and wait for your chance. It happens more often at Ajax that a player grabs his chance by scoring rioght away after not playing for a while, but I did not expect that would happen to me. This is even more special for me as this is almost a home match'', said Galásek who still lives in Tilburg. ,,I did not know exactly how to celebrate my goal, but I was really happy. I was happy anyway that I got to play again and especially against Willem II."

,,We did not express our dominance in more goals", Blind said. ,,We had three hundred-precent chances in the first half. If we make two of them, it makes it easier in the second half." But that did not happen and after the red card for Zdenek Grygera, who fouled Kerekes when he was about to break through, Willem II forced the visitors back onto their own half. However, the home side created only one real chance, when Ceesay hit the post. By then it was already 2-0 for Ajax. Angelos Charisteas, who had come on for Markus Rosenberg at halftime, scored from close range after a touch by Urby Emanuelson.

,,I am happy about tonight'', Blind said. ,,We have earned three important points because we are still a game behind the rest. We came out intact and the way we played, particularly in the first hour, was good. We dominated and controlled.''