Ajax suffered a double loss at the hands of NAC Breda. The Amsterdam team lost three points and the undefeated status in the league. Klaas Jan Huntelaar's 50th league goal for Ajax was a lone highlight on a dark and disappointing afternoon in which Ajax lost by 1-3.
in the first twelve games of the season, Ajax gathered 37 points and the leading position in the league table. The 13th league day proved unlucky for the side.
The first thing that went wrong was the own goal by Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian defender put his foot against a cross by Kurt Elshot and inadvertently fired the ball past his own goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Matthew Amoah and substitute Ahmed Ammi scored the 'real' goals for NAC Breda in the second half.
The 1-3 by Huntelaar only had statistical value. The striker illustrated his proficiency, when he scored his 50th league goal for Ajax in his 61st match.
,,NAC made optimal use of our weak moments today’’, Ajax coach Adrie Koster said. ,,NAC played well themselves, too. All in all, this is a disappointing result. My team can do better, and we have shown that before. But apart from the first ten minutes, we were not really into it today. We simply had no grip on the match.’’
The moment on which Ajax had the chance to turn things around, ended up being the beginning of their downfall. Halfway through the first half, Albert Luque had a big chance to bring Ajax alongside. The Spanish forward saw his attempt saved by goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar. In the counter attack, Amoah doubled NAC's lead: 0-2.
,,If you get such a chance, you have to make it 1-1'', said Koster. ,,You have to enforce a turnaround yourselves'', Koster said. ,,After that, we did not get another chance like that again. Also because not many players had a good day.’’
After the first league loss, Ajax are in second place, two points behind PSV. The team can make up for the deficit when they host PSV in the ArenA on 16 December.