Ajax won the three points in the first top clash of the season by defeating AZ in Alkmaar: 2-3. The Amsterdam side also gained confidence with the away victory against last season's number three.
The win at Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday had done wonders for Ajax. The team's confidence suffered after disappointing performances against FC Groningen (2-2) and sc Heracles (0-1 win). The confidence gained in the Croatian capital, paid off this Super Sunday. Against AZ goals by Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Luis Suárez (2) were enough to defeat the regional rivals.
The Ajax goals were of high quality as well. Afte half an hour Huntelaar fired a free kick past AZ goalkeeper Boy Waterman. Suárez remained calm when eye-toeye with the goalkeeper two minutes before halftime and in the second half Suarez lobbed the ball over Waterman for 1-3. Demy de Zeeuw (1-2 in the 45th minute) and Moussa Dembélé (2-3 in the 90th minute) scored for the home side.
Much like the last few weeks, Maarten Stekelenburg excelled for Ajax in Alkmaar. Against AZ, the goalkeper saved another penalty after a defensive error by Huntelaar. Mounir El Hamdaoui took the spot kick, Stekelenburg grabbed it. And, aside from more good saves, Stekelenburg also provided the assist for Suarez's second goal. A long kick by the goalkeeper enabled the forward to score on the other side of the pitch.
An afternoon that began unpleasantly - captain Jaap Stam had to drop out after the warming up with an injury - ended well for Ajax. The team won at AZ and took back the lead in the league table from Feyenoord, who lost 4-0 to PSV.