Ajax are one goal short

Ajax are one goal short

Disappointment in Tilburg. Ajax won the away match against Willem II (0-2), but it was PSV who won the Dutch title. Ajax were defeated on goal difference. PSV, who won by 5-1, stayed one goal ahead of Ajax.

Everything depended on the last match for Ajax, AZ and PSV. Ajax's task: putting up a good result with many goals against Willem II, while hoping that Excelsior would take some points off AZ and Vitesse would do the same at PSV.

Ajax took the initative and there were early chances for Wesley Sneijder, Gregory van der Wiel and Gabri. Urby Emanuelson was the first to score when his shot was deflected and went in the back of the net. It was Ajax's only goal in the first half (0-1). At that moment Excelsior and AZ were level and PSV were up 2-1 against Vitesse.

Thomas Vermaelen seemed to make Ajax's second when he headed in a corner, but a defender saved the ball on the line. Shortly after, Klaas Jan Huntelaar had more luck. The striker was in the right place when goalkeeper Zois released a shot by Wesley Sneijder: 0-2. Zois then saved a shot by Edgar Davids.

AZ could not get past Excelsior but PSV took more and more distance from Vitesse (5-1). Ajax needed one more goal to stay ahead of their main rivals. Huntelaar missed and Perez too. Even with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg joining the attack Ajax could not get the extra goal.

PSV won the title, on goal difference. Ajax were left to recover and prepare for the Cup final and the playoffs.