Ajax easily won the 185th Classic against Feyenoord. In the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the video referee had sent Jeremiah St Juste off with a red card after just 6 minutes of play, which proved to be fundamental in the unfolding of the game. Before the break, goals were scored by Justin Bijlow (own goal) and Hakim Ziyech. After the break, Dusan Tadic joined the scorers with one of his own.
Jari Litmanen was in attendance for this 185th Classic, with prize-winning fans Piet and Mike, in the Ziggo house in the corner of the stadium. The legendary Ajacied’s vibes seemed to seep onto the field, where Erik ten Hag had selected the same 11 players as for Tuesday’s game against Benfica.
Early red card St Juste
But more important that Litmanen’s aura was the referee’s decision. This Classic took an unusual turn early on. Referee Björn Kuipers was corrected by the video referee after handing out a yellow card to Jeremiah St Juste in the 6th minute, in the form of Danny Makkelie. The latter believed that the Feyenoord player’s foul deserved a red card instead. Thus, Feyenoord was forced to continue with just 10 players.
1-0 Frenkie de Jong!
Ajax increased the pressure on its crippled opponent. The result was the first goal in the 22nd minute. Frenkie de Jong took a shot on goal and Bijlow watched the ball roll between his legs into the goal: 1-0!
Ziyech crownss his anniversary
Ajax had Feyenoord klem, maar maakte zich schuldig aan soms laconiek aanvalsspel, waardoor de krappe marge pas in 41e minuut van het scorebord ging. Ziyech schoot zijn ploeg – in zijn 100e
Ajax had Feyenoord in a tight spot, but was sometimes guilty of careless play on the attack, and as a result, the narrow margin remained on the scoreboard until the 41st minute. Ziyech brought his team – in his 100th Ajax game – to the 2-0 led. Shortly after that, Onana made a beautiful save on a shot by Steven Berghuis.
In the second half, after Schöne had been replaced by David Neres, Ajax didn’t play nearly as well as in the first half. The Amsterdam team was sloppy. But because there wasn’t much that Feyenoord could do with just 10 players, this edition of the Classic won’t go down in history as the most exciting one. But the score did reach 3-0. Neres made a good pass and Tadic sent his header into the goal.