Ajax played a great first half and a disappointing second half on the way to a 10-0 victory against Koninklijke U.D. in Deventer. Johnny Heitinga returned after being injured for more than eight months.
Ajax gave a football clinic in the first half against the amateur side. Wesley Sneijder made the first goal and Wamberto, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jari Litmanen and Rafael van der Vaart combined to make it 9-0 to Ajax at halftime.
Everybody expected a record score in the second half, but Ajax added only one goal through a strike by Romanian intern Nicolai Mitea. But it still was a memorable match, as young defender Johnny Heitinga returned after an almost nine-month lay off due to a serious knee injury. Heitinga was still careful, but it was obvious he was delighted at being back on the pitch with Ajax´s first team. ,,This was a start´´, said Heitinga. ,,I hope to make some more minutes in the next friendly matches.´´