Nico Tagliafico was in the starting eleven for the game in Leeuwarden on Friday evening. In addition, Noussair Mazraoui also returned to the line-up. Lisandro Martínez and Edson Álvarez were absent from the match selection. The Argentinian was forced to watch from the sidelines due to a suspension, which moved Daley Blind into the heart of the defense. The Mexican midfielder was absent due to illness.
Erik ten Hag also had Jurriën Timber and Brian Brobbey back in his match selection. New addition Przemyslaw Tyton sat on the bench for the first time.
Early lead via Tadic
For Ajax, it was their first Friday-evening game with an 8.00pm kick-off. Ajax came out of the dressing room very strong. Ten Hag's team already found an opening in Cambuur's defense in the third minute. Gravenberch gave a measured cross from the end line after which Tadic simply tapped with his right foot to make it 0-1. Thanks to this goal, Ajax had its desired lead early in the game.
After the skipper’s openers, the Amsterdam side imposed their will on Cambuur. The ball moved quickly and as Ajax put a lot of energy into the game. They tried to create opportunities via the flanks, which resulted in great opportunities for Haller and Davy Klaassen. In the fortieth minute of the game, the lead was doubled by the Ivorian striker. Gravenberch delivered his second assist of the game.
In the second half Ajax – just like on Sunday against RKC – dropped their standards. There were many similarities with last weekend. Although Cambuur also came back from 2-0 down, on this occasion, Ajax managed to steal the win. That was thanks to a beautiful goal from Gravenberch. He drove home the ball from 25 meters out, resulting in huge celebrations from the Ajax camp.
SC Cambuur - Ajax 2-3 (0-2)
3. Tadic 0-1
39. Haller 0-2
48. Kallon 1-2
79. Joosten 2-2
90+2. Gravenberch 2-3
Ajax: Onana; Mazraoui (62. Rensch), Schuurs (74. Timber), Blind, Tagliafico (85. Brobbey); Gravenberch, Klaassen (74. Kudus), Berghuis; Antony, Haller, Tadic