'We missed too many chances'

'We missed too many chances'

Ajax had plenty of chances against FC Volendam to reach the next round of the Dutch FA Cup. But Jack Tuyp scored the only goal of the match in overtime: 1-0. ,,We missed a player who could finish the chances", coach Marco van Basten said.

Marvin Zeegelaar made his debut in Ajax 1 against Volendam.
Marvin Zeegelaar made his debut in Ajax 1 against Volendam.

Marco van Basten was confronted with a big puzzle in the days before the cup match, with so many injuries in his squad. The day before the match, Urby Emanuelson had to pull out with a groin injury, joining an already long list of injured players. ,,It was a strange preparation for the match", Van Basten said. ,,We had to add Marvin Zeegelaar to the squad." The 18-year-old Zeegelaar, this season a member of Frank de Boer's A-juniors, made his debut for Young Ajax on Monday. Two nights later he did the same in Ajax 1, in the cup match in Volendam.

Ajax played a poor first half in Volendam. The team had only one big chance, and Zeegelaar played a big part in that. After a great move he crossed to Evander Sno, the stand-in for striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Sno turned and fired, but saw his effort go just wide.

,,We did better in the second half", Van Basten said. ,,We had more control and created good chances." Luis Suarez showed more of himself. He appeared on his way to give Ajax the lead when Sno touched the ball to him and he struck. The ball went wide off the outside of the post. A little later Suarez had some more chances, but the excellent goalkeeper Verhoeven denied him. When Leonardo, he replaced Sno, came on there was immediate danger, but the Brazilian also left some chances unused.

Ajax paid the price for all the misses. In overtime the team created almost nothing anymore, also because Thomas Vermaelen was injured and Van Basten had used up his substitutions. After five minutes in the second half of overtime, Jack Tuyp reaped the benefits, beating Vermeer with a chip and giving Volendam the cup win.