Ajax loses in Eindhoven, championship goes to PSV

Ajax loses in Eindhoven, championship goes to PSV

Ajax lost a top match for the first time this season, and not just any top match.  Coach Erik ten Hag’s team went down to PSV by 3-0.  This loss had important consequences, as it gave the Eindhoven team an insurmountable point advantage and thus brought them their 24th national title.  Deep in the second half, Ajax only had nine players on the field due to red cards for Nico Tagliafico and Siem de Jong.

Exciting opening phase
In a very exciting opening phase, the momentum shifted to and fro.  Ajax was sometimes sloppy on defense, and PSV, in turn, was unable to capitalize and Ajax then cut through the Eindhoven defense beautifully on several occasions – without causing any worry for Jeroen Zoet, however.  The first big danger created by PSV was in the 13th minute, but Andre Onana turned away Luuk de Jong’s attempt with an amazing reflex.

Ajax responded immediately.  With a beautiful play, Hakim Ziyech sent Jorrt Hendrix away, but Donny van de Beek was unable to control the hard pass.

Ajax goes down
In the 24th minute, Ajax went down.  Max Wöber didn’t intervene well enough and PSV was off.  Matthijs de Ligt made the first save on Hirving Lozano’s shot, but the rebound was for Gason Pereiro, who made good: 1-0.  It was the 12th time this season that Ajax went down in a game.

Almost 1-1 by Huntelaar 
In the 32nd minute, Ajax seemed poised to pull even.  Ziyech sent a majestic cross-ass to Veltman, who then passed to Klaas Jan Huntelaar.  The striker saw his shot unfortunately turned away by Jeroen Zoet.  Both Huntelaar and Zoet needed medical attention after that.

PSV doubles score
Ajax’s opportunities to bring this top match to a good conclusion were dashed in the 38th minute. Onana was powerless in front of a header by Luuk de Jong, 2-0.

Bergwijn increases lead to 3-0 
Ten Hag pulled out all of the stops in the second half.  Defender Max Wöber made way for Siem de Jong.  This didn’t produce the desired results.  In the 54th minute, Steven Bergwijn brought PSV into a 3-0 lead.

It seemed for a moment that David Neres would make the score a bit more bearable, but his shot went just wide.  Kasper Dolberg came in with 20 minutes left on the clock.  The newly recovered striker replaced Huntelaar.

Red for Tagliafico and Siem de Jong
At the end of the game, Ajax faced yet another setback.  Nico Tagliafico received his second yellow card and was sent off.  He will be suspended for Thursday’s game.  But substitute Siem de Jong was also sent off with just 9 minutes left.  In a desperate attempt to play the ball, he hit Santiago Arias full on the Achilles tendon.

The match thus ended on a sour note.  Ajax didn’t show it’s best side and will try to hold on to second place in the next three games.