Ajax follows up European dream week with a win in Arnhem

Ajax follows up European dream week with a win in Arnhem

Ajax has followed up nicely on its performance in the Champions League game in Kiev.  In the Eredivisie game in Arnhem, Erik ten Hag’s team steam rolled over Vitesse for an hour.  Vitesse – Ajax ended at 0-4.

Hakim Ziyech brought Ajax into a comfortable lead with an early goal.  His hard shot from 25 meters out exploded next to the hopeless Arnhem keeper.  The midfielder topped off his amazing week for both Ajax and him, personally.  After qualifying for the Champions league on Tuesday, it was announced that he would be staying at Ajax.  Ziyech was also key in Ajax’s second goal of the game, this time with an assist.  Klaas Jan Huntelaar escaped from behind Alexander Büttner’s back, and was then left free to score on a header.

'10, 10, 10'

The sold-out away stand full of Amsterdammers started to chant ’10, 10, 10’ after the quick 0-2 lead.  It was as if the players on the field heard the call to action, and Ajax continued its quicksilver plays between the Vitesse lines.

Ziyech, David Neres and Dusan Tadic were all outstanding performers.  The 0-3 goal was for the two last players.  After a cross-pas by Neres to Tadic from the edge of the box, the Serb chipped the ball over keeper Eduardo.  It was only after thirty minutes of football that the Arnhem team could breathe, but by then the damage had been done by Ajax. 

Satisfied

Fifteen minutes into the second half, it seemed that Ajax would increase the score to 0-4 via Huntelaar.  This goal was disqualified by the video referee.  One minute later, the 35 year-old centre forward struck gold.  Ajax could then ease up.  Vitesse came close to scoring one goal in the final minutes.  Bryan Linssen’s shots stopped by André Onana’s hands on two occasions.  Roy Beerens, coming one-on-one with Ajax’s goalie, shot high over.  Thanks to this 0-4 win, the Amsterdam team can head into the interland period with a satisfied feeling.