Ajax won its home game against FC Dordrecht on Saturday evening 4-0. After a 1-0 halftime score thanks to Lasse Schöne’s goal, the Amsterdam team increased its lead after Josimar Lima’s red card. Schöne (again), Joël Veltman and Lucas Andersen scored the other goals.
Ajax opened the eleventh Eredivisie round of play in the early Saturday evening timeslot of 18:30. Compared to last week’s game against Go Ahead Eagles, Frank de Boer had made two changes to the line-up. Captain Niklas Moisander and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson returned to the squad.
Players, staff and spectators were all hoping that Ajax would play the first half hour of the game as they had against Go Ahead last week, but with more goals. But initially, the hosts had difficulty with this task. The first opportunity in the first fifteen minutes was for Joris van Overeem, who, flustered at finding himself suddenly in front of Cillessen, simply shot the ball into the Ajax keeper’s hands.
Ajax needed five more minutes to get into their desired rhythm, and after that, things started to get better. Under the leadership of the unstoppable Anwar El Ghazi, the team picked up speed. He kept Dordrecht’s defense very busy. In the 21st minute he had a heavy hand in the opening goal. The left winger was speeding ahead when Sigthórsson passed to him. The quick El Ghazi assessed the situation, sent the ball across to Schöne who can sprinted up ahead too, and Schöne scored his fifth goal of the season. By halftime Ajax should have taken a bigger lead but El Ghazi, Klaassen and Van Rhijn all saw their attempts fail.
Nicolai Boilesen didn’t return for the second half. The left back had been complaining of stomach problems before the match, and he was able to start but not return after the break. Nick Viergever was his replacement and there was a special meaning to this game for him. It was his 150th Eredivisie game. Only Lasse Schöne (211) and Niklas Moisander (179) have played more games than the former AZ and Sparta player.
El Ghazi had the chance to double the score at the start of the second half when he heading to the Dordrecht goal on his own, but he stumbled onto the keeper. After a corner a few minutes later, Ajax was unlucky when El Ghazi made a header that unexpectedly landed at Veltman’s feet. The defender sent the ball over. But although Ajax made a flashy start, the fire was soon extinguished. That gave Rick ten Voorde the ultimate opportunity to score a tying goal in the 58th minute. But Cillessen forced him aside and Viergever then cleaned up.
Dordrecht seemed to perk up but suddenly lost control. The visitors regularly pulled the emergency brake which cost Lima a second yellow card. It was a shame for him that it was Pisas who made the biggest foul in the game and is the one who deserved the yellow card. In the 64th minute Ojo also stepped in, got a yellow card and Ajax received a free kick on the edge of the box. Specialist Schöne hit the mark beautifully, 2-0. But at the 3-0m De Boer – who had brought in Serero for Riedewald – couldn’t stop clapping. Joël Veltman initiated the attack, steaming ahead, as his coach loves to see. He received the ball back from Klaassen and finished off perfectly. With his second goal of the season, Veltman evened his total from last year.
Klaassen also assisted the fourth goal seven minutes later. The Hilversum native sent a great header to Lucas Andersen, who stayed cool and scored the 4-0 goal by sending it under Kurto.
Opportunities to increase the score arose, but they were not converted. Nonetheless, this was a good result on the eve of the Champions League match against FC Barcelona. De Boer was satisfied: “Except for the first opportunity, I think we got a grip on the match and were able to find the midfielder. We didn’t do ourselves justice as the score was only 1-0 at the break. But after Dordrecht was down to ten men, the match was done.”