Ajax had a difficult evening against RKC Waalwijk. But the individual class of Luis Suarez helped the home team defeat the recently promoted opponent by 4-1. Suarez scored three goals.
After the good start in the League last week at Groningen, expectations were high for Martin Jol's side in the first home match of the season. But against RKC Waalwijk, Ajax were not the same as six days earlier and rarely sparkled his Saturday.
The evening began well for the home side. After Luis Suarez had hit the post in the first minute, Gregory van der Wiel scored after ten minutes. The right-back cut through the RKC defence and struck from close range: 1-0. It signalled the begining of a period of many good chances for Ajax.
RKC's goalkeeper Wevers playing well and (mainly) poor marksmanship by Ajax prevented the home team taking a bigger lead. ,,We sometimes literally got in our own way’’, coach Martin Jol said.
Ajax lost confidence after missing so many chances and RKC Waalwijk benefitted. Benjamin de Ceulaer embodied the biggest threat for Ajax's defence. The creative Belgian struck in the 31st minute.
With Eyong Enoh on for Ismaïl Aissati and not much later Miralem Sulejmani for Dario Cvitanich, the home team regained some of its grip on the opponent. It resulted in another handful of chances for Ajax and RKC staying a bit further away from the Ajax goal, but it still was not convincing.
RKC’s Wouter Gudde came to Ajax's aid when he held Suarez in the penalty area and received his second yellow card. Suarez then struck from the spot: 2-1.
Suarez took Ajax by the hand and scored twice more. First he hit from distance and, in added time, he tapped in the ball from close rage, from between the goalkeeper and a defender.
,,When you get so many chance, you deserve to win’’, Martin Jol said. ,,If we hadn't won today, we probably would have been traumatised for the rest of the season. Then we would have had a problem. Luckily the substitutions payed off and we kept creating chances.’’
Photo: Gerard van Hees