Ajax came home with three points from their game at VVV-Venlo. Donny van de Beek and David Neres gave Ajax the 0-2 win in Limburg on Sunday. Austrian acquisition Maximilian Wöber made his debut towards the end of the game.
Donny van de Beek can report to the Dutch national team on Monday with a good feeling. The midfielder played a key role in the win against VVV. With one goal and an assist, he was an important player for Ajax in warm Venlo.
Marcel Keizer’s team desperately needed some positive energy. Three days after the dramatic elimination from the Europa League in Norway, a good result was sought after. Another reason for this was to relegate the mediocre start in the competition to the background.
Ajax’s line-up saw two changes. Vaclav Cerny replaced the injured Justin Kluivert and Frenkie de Jong got the nod over Lasse Schöne.
On the artificial turf at De Koel, the recently promoted team held their ground easily in the first half. Despite the fact that Ajax had eighty per cent possession in the first half, this wasn’t reflected in the score. VVV held their own courageously and, now and again, appeared before Andre Onana’s goal. A long shot from Van de Beek and a big opportunity for Amin Younes (curved the ball wide of the crossbar) were Ajax’s only real chances in the first half.
Goals Van de Beek and Neres
After the break, fresh reinforcements Klaas Jan Huntelaar and David Neres came in for Cerny and Mitchell Dijks. Huntelaar proved his worth immediately by sending Amin Younes’ precise pass to Van de Beek with a perfect header. With a firm shot, Van de Beek brought Ajax into a 0-1 lead in Venlo. It was his third goal of the season, but his first Eredivisie goal.
Van de Beek was important again fifteen minutes after the opening goal. With a good pass, he sent the ball perfectly to substitute Neres. The Brazilian lifted the ball into the goal: 0-2. The second goal brought relief to the Ajax camp.
In the final minutes, Maximilan Wöber made his debut. The 19 year-old acquisition from Austria came in for De Jong in the last ten minutes. With the defender, recently arrived from Rapid Wien, on the field, Ajax had the chance for more. Huntelaar came close to scoring, but keeper Unnerstall stopped a third Ajax goal from being scored.
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