On Sunday afternoon, Ajax posted an easy 5-0 win against NAC Breda at home. By doing this, they took full advantage of PSV’s tie against Heerenveen. The gap with the first placed team has been brought down to 4 points.
Erik ten Hag had no reason to make changes after the good game against Real Madrid. The offence was again made up of Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic and David Neres. The latter made a difference after just 5 minutes of play. He dribbled handily past his opponents and made two good passes, but was unrewarded for his efforts this time in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Ajax kept hunting for the opening goal, and came close via Donny van de Beek, whose shot sputtered against the post. The biggest chance was, surprisingly, for Kastaneer. The NAC centre forward was free as a bird in the penalty kick area, but saw his shot get turned away by Andre Onana.
Tadic brings Ajax into the lead
At the moment that NAC had started coming out of its shell, Ajax struck. A free kick by Ziyech landed on a hand, and, on the video referee’s recommendation, referee Siemen Mulder pointed to the spot. Tadic took the shot and didn’t falter: 1-0. It was his 14th Eredivisie goal.
The Johan Cruijff ArenA was treated once more before the break. Matthijs de Ligt’s shot hit the upper part of the crossbar. Ten Hag made one substitution: Dolberg came in for his countrymate, Lasse Schöne.
Ajacieden want more and more
Dolberg didn’t need long to make his mark. With a gorgeous heel-ball, he scored the second goal of the afternoon. NAC’s stride had been broken, as the score increased to 3-0 only six minutes later. Ziyech, who had also made the assist on goal #2, set up a corner kick onto Tagliafico’s head, after which NAC centre forward Kastaneer gave the final push: 3-0.
The Amsterdam team didn’t slow down. Tadic took a shot from a tough angle to score the 4-0 goal, and, one minute later, Ziyech scored his own goal. His shot landed, via Erik Palmer-Brown, into the goal: 5-0. The NAC player got credit for the goal after careful examination of the footage. De Ligt signalled to Dolberg that he should take the ball immediately. The Ajacieds wanted more.
But despite two more good opportunities for substitute Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, a sixth goal wasn’t in the cards. Ajax now has one week to prepare for the away game against ADO Den Haag. Three days after that, they will play the cup game against Feyenoord in De Kuip.