Fate gives Ajax a whole different perspective

Fate gives Ajax a whole different perspective

Just a few seconds remaining until referee De Santis would end the match, Ajax seemed to be in a very comfortable position. The team from Amsterdam were leading the surprisingly strong Brøndby IF by two goals to one and even though Martin Retov was about to make a final attempt to level the score, it was obvious for the outstanding goalkeeper Hans Vonk to which corner the ball was heading. Then however, it was deflected off of Julien Escudé´s body and ended up in the other end of the goal. Suddenly the second match in Amsterdam got a totally different perspective. ,,It´s very dissappointing", said Ajax-coach Danny Blind. ,,But given the way both teams played, this 2-2 draw is a justly result."

Throughout the game, Brøndby IF had more posession of the ball than Ajax en the home side regularly created chances through Johan Elmander and the tall, strong striker Morten Skoubo. Still, it was Ajax that took the lead. Markus Rosenberg scored after 31 minutes of play, the goal being prepared by Ryan Babel and Steven Pienaar. ,,Markus did well”, said Blind. ,,And he made a goal, which is important for a striker.” The lead didn´t last very long. Brøndby equalised only three minutes later, Skoubo finding the net after his first attempt was saved by Vonk.

In the second half, the squad from Amsterdam were more in control of the game. That didn´t result in many chances, until Ryan Babel showed some of his remarkable skills. The striker got the ball at the left end of the penalty area, he stumbled and at the same time made a turn around a Danish defender. When he saw that the ball was lying underneath him, Babel didn´t hesitate and produced a devastating strike which left the goalkeeper in total surprise: 1-2.

That seemed to be the final result, putting Ajax in a comfortable position for the next match, in two weeks in Amsterdam. But then fate decided otherwise.