On Wednesday, Ajax qualified very easily for the round of sixteen of the KNVB Cup tournament. In Werkendam, the Amsterdam team had no problems whatsoever with second division team Kozakken Boys: 1-6. Mateo Cassierra and Pelle Clement, making their debuts, each scored twice.
Nine years and one month after a tough cup evening at De Zwaaier sportspark, Ajax once again met Kozakken Boys in a cup match. On September 26, 2007, the Werkendam team came very close to pulling off a huge cup upset. It was Dennis Rommendahl who saved the day for the Amsterdam team deep into overtime.
On October 26, 2016, Ajax had considerably fewer problems with Kozakken Boys. In front of 6.000 spectators, the Second Division team couldn’t put up much of a fight against Peter Bosz’s Ajax team. Three days after a tied Classic (1-1), the Ajax coach went with a completely new squad. Part of the usual steady squad was given the night off for this second-round KNVB Cup tournament game. Sunday’s substitutes had a spot on the starting line-up. Young guns Abdelhak Nouri, Matthijs de Ligt, Vaclav Cerny and Donny van de Beek all got a shot to show their stuff at kick-off on the artificial turf.
Ajax was in a comfortable 0-4 lead at halftime. Mateo Cassierra opened the scoring season in the 25th minute. In preparation, Nouri sent Cerny in deep. On a pass from the Czech left forward, the Columbian striker scored easily: 0-1.
Kozakken Boys were their own worst enemy at De Zwaaier. That was especially clear when the Werkendam team attacked en masse. With a flyout ball and lighting quick throw-in, Ajax goalie Diederik Boer brought Cerny and Anwar El Ghazi into position. The wing defenders (helped by the last remaining field player Gwaeron Stout, who clumsily stumbled on the ball) had a free passage to Nils den Hartog. El Ghazi was able to score easily: 0-2. The right winger thus scored this first cup goal.
Cassierra scored the 0-3 goal four miutes later, on an assist from Van de Beek. After good prep work by midfielders Van de Beek and Nouri, Cerny brought the halftime score to 0-4. The cup game was as good as decided before the break. Just as in previous cup games against Willem II (5-0 win and debut by Nouri, De Ligt and Frenkie de Jong), the Amsterdam cup team barely broke a sweat against Kozakken Boys.
Debut-making Clement scores
Midway through the game, Pelle Clement was brought in for his official Ajax debut. The forward replaced the unremarkable – despite his goal – El Ghazi. When play resumed, Carel Eiting and reserve goalie Norbert Alblas dreamed of an Ajax 1 debut from the bench. In 2007, keeper Erik Heijblok and Siem de Jong had made their debuts.
Clement barely needed 5,5 minutes to make his first scoring contribution. Served perfectly by Nouri – the playful Amsterdam player stood out with a number of beautiful and taylor-made passes – the debut-making player rounded off his youth academy education flawlessly. Clement shot the ball precisely into the closest corner: 0-5. In addition to the many goals, the playful Ajax team demonstrated, without exception, just how broad and talented Bosz’s selection is. Clement sent a shot onto the crossbar later on.
Baptism by fire for Eiting
Nine minutes after Carel Eiting made his official debut (the 18 year old midfielder had come in for De Ligt), Railey Ignacio fired a shot for the home team. With his left foot, the forward score a goal in reply for the home team: 1-5. Clement scored his second goal of the night in the 89th minute. On a pass from Nouri, the player slid the ball into the goal flawlessly: 1-6.
But there was no question of matching, never mind improving on, Ajax’s record victory in the cup tournament. On December 23, 2009, in Zwolle, WHC was destroyed: 1-14. Ajax ended that season with its eighteenth and, until now, last cup win. It is high time for the nineteenth.