One week prior to the critical game against PSV, Ajax squandered 2 points. In Enschede, Marcel Keizer’s team gave away its lead twice. The showcase in the Grolsch Veste ended in a 3-3 tie. Lasse Schöne (2) and Justin Kluivert scored the goals for the Amsterdam team.
Keizer went with a 3-4-3 formation against FC Twente. Frenkie de Jong had a starting spot, which relegated Deyovaisio Zeefuik, on the squad last week, to the bench. Offense remained unchanged versus last week, with Kluivert-Kasper Dolberg-David Neres.
After one minute’s silence as a tribute to Dik Wessels, Donny van de Beek kicked off in the Grolsch Veste. In the first minute, Twente had several opportunities which served as a wake-up call for Ajax. After fifteen minutes of play, the Amsterdam team found their game and created danger immediately, but Neres and Dolberg each failed to bring Ajax into the lead.
Ajax’s pace was too quick for the ‘Tukkers’ at times, which caused a few clear fouls. The resulting free kicks were worth their weight in gold for the Amsterdam team. Schöne gave a masterclass by making good on two free kicks: 1 into the bottom right corner, and 1 into the left upper corner. The Dane ensured a comfortable position for the team at halftime: 0-2.
Central defender Stefan Thesker ensured that Ajax had to start from scratch again after break. With goals from a spot-on header and beautiful long-distance shot, the German player was a thorn in the Amsterdam team’s side.
Kluivert important once again
Kluivert, who had scored 3 times against Roda JC last week, brought Keizer’s team into the lead 10 minutes before time. The left winger found his way to the inside and his shot vanished, via a Twente player’s leg, into the far corner.
The newly acquired lead wasn’t enough to bring the team to the finish line. In the 89th minute, Tom Boere sent a header from a free kick over Andre Onana. The consequence of this is that Ajax’s deficit against PSV could increase to 10 points one week prior to the meeting between the two teams.