Ajax has posted its first win of 2019 in competition play. In the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the Amsterdam team defeated VVV Venlo by 6-0. Notable fact: all goals were scored by different players.
With Joël Veltman in the selection (and on the bench) for the first time since April 2018, and with Nico Tagliafico back from his injury, the absence of Noussair Mazroui and Lisandro Magallán was filled.
The opponent for this 20th round of play at VVV-Venlo, a team that Ajax had beaten at the last minute in Limburg thanks to a penalty kick by Dusan Tadic. This time, the Amsterdam team didn’t let it get as far as the final minutes before securing the win.
The fans celebrated for the first time in the 11th minute when Tagliafico – who received the loudest cheers by far when the starting line-up was announced – initiated the attack with a beautiful sliding and sent the ball forward. Kasper Dolberg nearly defeated goalie Lars Unnerstall.
Tough with VVV
Ajax had difficulty at first with the number 7 team of the Eredivisie. VVV-Venlo waiting for its moments and, especially via Jay-Roy Grot and Peniel Mlapa, created some danger. Fortunately for Ajax, the swift forwards lacked control.
It was exactly one of those swift forwards who indirectly helped Ajax take the lead in the 35th minute. His foul at the edge of his own box wasn’t clever, as the ball was already gone. But Ziyech didn’t mind. He curved his 3rd free kick beautifully into the goal: 1-0.
In the second half, the fans didn’t need to wait for so long to be able to cheer. In the 52nd minute, Dolberg scored an acrobatic goal, 2-0, after good prep work from Donny van de Beek.
Tadic locks it up
After an hour, Ajax locked the game up. Dusan Tadic scored his 13th of the season. He was alert when the VVV-Venlo keeper sent the ball to his feet after a long shot by Rasmus Kristensen: 3-0.
The substitutes made their mark too. David Neres ticked in a goal via the toes of VVV substitute Damian van Bruggen, 4-0.
Soon after, Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored his 99th Eredivisie goal, putting Ajax ahead 5-0. The best was saved for last. Van de Beek curved the ball beautifully into the far corner, 6-0!