FC Union Berlin tried to surprise their opponent by putting pressure on Ajax’s defense from the start, but the Amsterdam-based team was positioned in the right way.
Ajax’s ball possession
The attacking mindset of the German team took a backburner and turned into a wait-and-see attitude. FC Union Berlin gifted Ajax ball possession and tried to create opportunities in counterattacks. Ajax’s pace was too slow, which stopped the Amsterdam team from becoming actually dangerous in front of the German goal.
Heitinga decided on a tactical chance after half-time. Owen Wijndal stayed behind in the dressing room and made place for Brian Brobbey. This appeared to be a fruitful chance, but Brobbey failed to control a wonderful pass from Tadic in the Germans’ penalty box with his chest.
FC Union Berlin was dangerous on the other side of the pitch through Thorsby, but the midfielder failed to turn a close-by cross into a goal.
Both Ajax and the Bundesliga club could not create chances in the last minutes of the match. The match ended the same way it started: 0-0.
Ajax – FC Union Berlin 0-0 (0-0)
Ajax: Rulli; Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Wijndal (46. Brobbey); Álvarez, Berghuis, Taylor; Kudus, Tadic, Bergwijn (75. Klaassen)