Ajax has won its game at Willem II. The Tilburg team held its own against Amsterdam in the first half, but Ajax took over in the second half. Donny van de Beek, Freek Heerkens (own goal), Joël Veltman and Hakim Ziyech scored. Ziyech’s goal was Ajax’s 100th of the season.
In this remarkably energetic first half, Ajax escaped unscathed in the 11th minute when highly praised loaned-out player Alexander Isak took a shot. Andre Onana made the save with his heel, but it landed at the feet of Marios Vrousai. The Greek player took a shot, but Onana made the save with his hands this time.
Donny opens the score again
Three minutes later, Ajax was in the lead. After a great combination, starring Frenkie de Jong, in the penalty kick area, Donny van de Beek made good with a hard shot: 0-1. The compelling game ebbed back and forth. When Daley Blind ticked Vrousai, referee Danny Makkelie indicated the spot. Isak took full advantage of this opportunity: 1-1.
Just before the break, Ajax returned to the right side of the score. After a good play by David Neres, Freek Heerkens sent the ball into his own goal with his heel: 1-2. After a great play by Dusan Tadic, Donny van de Beek even had the 1-3 on his head during the first half’s extra time, but this exceptional opportunity ended up on the crossbar.
Back in the squad with a great goal
Joël Veltman crowned his return to the squad for the first time this season with an outstanding goal. Dusan Tadic sent him a beautiful cross-pass, and Veltman, who had stormed up, sent the ball unequivocally past Wellenreuther with his right foot: 1-3. The right foot would be important for Ajax in the remainder of the game, because after Ziyech had first hit the crossbar, he returned to score with his right foot in the 70th minute. A nice highlight was that this goal was Ajax’s 100th of the season.
Juventus on Wednesday
The match neared its end. The only concern was Frenkie de Jong, who was forced to leave the field with a big bag of ice, as he thanked the fans. Hopefully, the damage won’t be too bad and the midfielder can return for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final match against Juventus.
There are only 5 Eredivisie matches left for Ajax. Five finals, in which coach Erik ten Hag’s team needs to be winners each and every time, while hoping that PSV stumbles, which would enable Ajax to win its 34th national title.