Ajax no home winners for first time this season

The match against RBC meant the first time for Ajax this season that the club did not win at home. Ajax and RBC drew in the Amsterdam Arena: 1-1. The match came at the end of a turbulent week, in which Ajax 'fans' assaulted players of Young Feyenoord in their match against Young Ajax in Amsterdam.

Just as they had done in the past few weeks, RBC scored quickly. Ajax, with Daniel de Ridder and Yannis Anastasiou starting in place of Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, were barely ready for RBC's first attack. The visitors received a corner kick, former Ajax player Pius Ikedia took it and defender Eric Hellemons headed it in: 0-1.

An already bad week got even worse. Before the match coach Ronald Koeman told the nearly 50,000 spectators that the match was already tainted, because of the disgraceful behaviour of a group of supporters against the players of Feyenoord 2 after the match against Ajax 2 last Thursday, when a few of the opposing players were molested. The events clearly had an impact on the Ajax players, who in turn had received threats.

Ajax got back in the match before halftime. Tomás Galásek fired from distance and Rafael van der Vaart put his head behind the ball. Goalkeeper Aerts had no answer this time: 1-1.

The tide seemed to be turning. In the previous matches RBC wilted when the opponent equalised quickly. But not this time. Koeman brought on Wesley Sneijder for Steven Pienaar at halftime and after an hour he replaced Vitor Sikora with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But despite creating some good opportunities, Ajax would not score again. The home side was even lucky not to lose when RBC's Juan Nino hit the post in the final minutes.

Ajax now have a lead of eight points over PSV in the table with four matches remaining, and can only celebrate the championship next week when PSV lose points and Ajax win at NEC.