FC Groningen took advantage of the great number of absentees in the Ajax squad on Sunday. Danny Blind had to field a team without Grygera, Trabelsi, Maduro, Galásek, Sneijder, Heitinga, Emanuelson and Juanfrán. Pienaar went off after 30 minutes with an injury. Sixteen-year old Vurnon Anita made his debut for Ajax 1. Like Emmanuel Boakye and Michael Timisela he played the entire match.