Ajax strikes 4 times in friendly game against PEC Toekomst
Ajax won its closed friendly game against PEC Zwolle by 4-1 at the Toekomst sports complex. Due to the interland commitments of several players, Coach Erik ten Hag called upon Ajax Reserves players as well as talents from the U19 team for Wednesday’s game.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar, David Neres and Zakaria Labyad were among the regulars playing at the sun-drenched sports park, where Ajax received the Eredivisie’s number 10-ranked team. Via an attack on the right, Giovanni Hiwat brought the visitors into the lead: 0-1.
Cerny’s tying goal
The team from Zwolle left several opportunities to increase its lead to 0-2, and Ajax proceeded to score the tying goal. Huntelaar brough Vaclav Cerny into position with a clever pass. The young forward didn’t falter and slid the ball under PEC keeper Mickey van der Hart: 1-1.
After 20 minutes, the Amsterdam team took the lead. Teun Bijleveld sent a custom-made pass to Huntelaar from the left side, after which the striker scored. Ajax and PEC created a few more good opportunities, and former Ajacied Zian Flemming came closest to scoring. His shot ended up next to Kostas Lamprou, on the post.
Average age even younger
Danilo Pereira and Leo Thethani coming onto the field in the second half made the average age at Ajax was even younger. Both substitutes were able to find each other very well from the start. Under the observan eye of Marco van Basten – watching from the Bob Haarms Stand – Ajax mounted several attacks. Substitute Thethani stumbled on a Zwolle substitute and keeper Dean Bouzanis on two occasions. Shots by Labyad and the hard-working Cerny sailed over the goal.
Just before the end, Thethani scored, on his third big opportunity. Kenneth Taylor, who also came in, made the assist. Bijleveld contributed one goal to the score. On a pass from Cerny, he brought the score to its final stand, 4-1.
Line-up Ajax: Lamprou; Dest (90' Orejuela), Solomons, Kemper, Bakker; Ter Heide (79' Taylor), Bijleveld, Labyad; Neres (46' Thethani), Huntelaar (46' Pereira), Cerny.