Vitesse coach Aad de Mos feared for the biggest loss of his career. Ajax left his team without any chance this Sunday, but scored 'only' three goals in the lopsided match in the Amsterdam ArenA: 3-0.
If Klaas Jan Huntelaar was burdened by his goalscoring drought, then the striker found the perfect cure for his ailment: he scored two of Ajax's three goals. It was Vitesse that helped Huntelaar on his way. Goalkeeper Wapenaar and defender Sansoni made a mess of clearing the ball and Mauro Rosales picked it up. The right winger found Huntelaar who scored with a nice chip.
Rosales was also involved in Ajax's second goal, when he crossed to Roger in the 45th minute. The Spanish midfielder fired the ball in the low corner for his first Ajax goal.
Ajax continued their dominance in the second half. Huntelaar scored his second goal with a header; the cross was provided by Wesley Sneijder. To make matters even worse for Vitesse, Ruud Knol was sent off after he fouled Huntelaar in the 58th minute. With Ajax already playing well, Vitesse's coach Aad de Mos feared for the biggest los of his career. ,,Ajax played very good combination football and we were reduced to ten. But our goalkeeper Wapenaar had some excellent saves'', said De Mos.
Wapenaar did indeed save his team from further embarrassment, but Ajax were also to blame that no more goals were scored in the last thirty minutes. The home side created lots of chances, but failed to convert them. ,,I have mixed feelings about this match'', said coach Henk ten Cate. ,,On the one hand we played well and I am happy that we have won again, but on the other hand we should have scored more. In the closing stages of the match some of the guys were too selfish. We have to play as a team all the time. Then again, beating Vitesse 3-0 and playing the way we did, I cannot complain too much. We keep getting better and better.''