Ajax defeated FC Horst soundly on Thursday. At Sportpark de Adelaar, Martin Jol’s team defeated the amateurs 21-1. Forward Siem de Jong was the top scorer of the evening with seven goals.
Exactly 24 hours after the original starting time, Ajax began their fourth practice match of their preparation on Thursday evening at 7.30p.m. The duel with FC Horst had originally been planned for Wednesday night, but was postponed due to the bad weather forecast. This appeared to have been the right decision, on Thursday in sunny Ermelo.
Martin Jol adjusted Ajax’s squad in three areas after the last practice match against Rapid Bucharest. World Cup players Christian Eriksen and Eyong Enoh joined in the preparations for the first time, and Oleguer joined them in the squad. Aras Özbiliz and Jeffrey Sarpong started on the bench, while Rasmus Lindgren stayed on the side as a precaution. The Swede, who was plagued with injuries last season, was used sparingly this week.
The 4.000 spectators in Sportpark de Adelaar saw Ajax score no fewer than nine times in the first half. Siem de Jong scored the most goals, with five. Returning internationals Eriksen and Enoh also scored during the first half. Sulejmani and Emanuelson brought the first half’s total to nine.
In addition to the nine Ajax goals, there was a memorable moment for the team which was recently promoted to first class amateur status. Danny Marcus scored after nineteen minutes as the score was 0-3. His free kick midway through the half was too strong for keeper Vermeer.
In the second half, FC Horst, reinforced with players from the region, saw the score increase even more. De Jong added two more goals to his total, which reached seven that evening. “I’ve never scored that many in one game before”, said the player, who was a forward for the occasion afterwards. “But I still don’t feel like a deep forward”, said number 10, who was backed up by his coach. Said Jol: “We needed Siem to play forward tonight. Without Pantelic, Rommendahl and Suarez, we needed to try something in front. This was one option.”
The match, led by referee Maurice de Hond, ended in 1-21. Substitutes Aras Özbiliz, Mitchell Donald en Hyun Jun Suk each scored three times. Sulejmani also doubled his own contribution after the break. Alderweireld, Sarpong en Aissati earned a place in the statistics with their goals. De Jong: “The important thing with this kind of match is that you can work on your match rhythm and feel for the ball. Next week, when we play against FC Porto and Chelsea, we’ll see where we really stand.”