Ajax narrowly lost its friendly game against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday afternoon. The German club, trained by former Ajax coach Peter Bosz, celebrated a 2-1 win on its home turf. Ajax took an early lead thanks to Brazilian player Danilo, but was unable to respond to 2 goals by Leverkusen.
The game in Germany was played without the internationals from both teams. On Ajax’s side, the A selection was represented by Joël Veltman, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Lisandro Magallán, Bruno Varela, Vaclav Cerny, Zakaria Labyad and Daley Sinkgraven.
Danilo opens score after fifteen minutes
Ajax started off swiftly, hitting the post after just 7 mintues. Huntelaar was unfortunate in this attempt – on of many, it would turn out – and hit the post. A few minutes later, the goal came for Ajax. Danilo was freed up and pulled the trigger: 0-1.
As the first half progressed, Leverkusen increased the pressure. Keeper Varela was able to prevent an opening goal twice, but third time was lucky for Leverkusen. Karim Bellerabi curved the ball beautifully into the upper corner, and Varela had no hope of making the save: 1-1.
Ajax appeared poised to end the first half in the lead, but one again, Huntelaar failed to convert a big opportunity. The striker hit the post once again, this time from closer by, and in front of an open goal.
In the second half, Bayer Leverkusen took the lead quickly. Brazilian Paulinho outplayed Varela with his head: 2-1. After that, Erik ten Hag made a necessary substitution, as Labyad was forced to leave the field after being the target of a heavy charge.
Ten Hag used the closing phase to give several U10s players their first unofficial minutes in Ajax 1. The score remained the same.
Bayer Leverkusen - Ajax 2-1 (1-1). 15. Danilo 0-1, 39. Bellarabi 1-1, 50. Paulinho 2-1
Line up Ajax: Varela, Veltman, Magallán, Solomons, Kemper (85.Douglas), Ter Heide, Sinkgraven, Labyad (62. Thetani), Danilo (88. Aberkane), Huntelaar, Cerny (88. Maddy)