Ajax started the season with a defeat in the Johan Cruijff Shield against PSV: 3-5. The Amsterdam team then recovered with league victories over Fortuna Sittard (2-3) and FC Groningen (6-1). The last game in particular was a convincing one for the Ajax players, who were able to continue the good feeling against Sparta.
Sparta - Ajax 0-1 (0-1)
37. Bergwijn 0-1
Ajax: Pasveer; Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Blind; Álvarez, Taylor, Tadic; Berghuis (65. Klaassen), Brobbey (73. Kudus), Bergwijn