Ajax took a beating in this Sunday’s 186th edition of the Classic. Feyenoord was much more efficient than the Amsterdam team, who, despite taking an early lead in the 8th minute, ended up losing the game by a 6-2 margin.
With Argentinian Lisandro Magallán in the starting eleven for the first time in the Eredivisie, thoughts turned to one year ago. At that time, Magallán’s fellow Argentinian, Nico Tagliafico, also appeared in the starting line-up for the first time, and against Feyenoord as well. Ajax won that home game by 2-0. Due to a knee injury, the left back had to sit out this edition of the Classic, and, as it turned out, everything was the opposite of how it had been one year ago in Amsterdam.
Ajax had a great start, taking the lead after just 8 minutes. When Kasper Dolberg was hauled down by Eric Botteghin, Lasse Schone made good flawlessly on the free kick, 0-1. After that, Kasper Dolberg, Hakim Ziyech and Magallán all had good opportunities, but none of them was able to convert. This ended up being very costly for the team.
1-1 out of the blue
On the other hand, Feyenoord did convert on its opportunities. Ajax played a sloppy game, leaving lots of open spaces, and, at the fifteen minute mark, the home team was in a 2-1 lead thanks to goals by Jens Toornstra and Steven Berghuis. Ajax, now struggling, managed to tie the game. After shots by Donny van de Beek and Hakim Ziyech had been blocked, it was Ziyech who scored the 2-2 goal. The home team did send Ajax to the locker room at halftime with a bitter taste. Robin van Persie scored in the 42nd minute, and plunging Ten Hag’s team in despair.
After the break, the game continued much in the same vein. Van Persie brought Feyenoord a 4-2 lead, and Ten Hag made two substitutions: Donny van de Beek and Magallán were sent off to make way for David Neres and Daley Sinkgraven.
Later in the second half, Klaas Jan Huntelaar came in for Dolberg, whose 100th Ajax duel will go down in the books as the biggest defeat of his Ajax 1 career. But it was crying over spilt milk on this Sunday. Tonny Vilhena scored the 5-2 goal easily, and substitute Ayoub scored the 6-2. At this point, Ajax now has more goals against in the 2nd half of the season than in the entire first half: 10 vs 8. The team’s deficit against leader PSV has increased to 5 points.