Ajax moved on to the third round of the KNVB Cup on Wednesday evening, at the expense of ASV De Dijk. The Amsterdam derby, which took place in Volendam, ended with a 1-4 win. The problem-free win came at a cost, however. One of the goal-scoring players, Vaclav Cerny, left the field on a stretcher with what is likely a very serious knee injury.
Siem de Jong (2) and Frenkie de Jong scored the other goals for Ajax, which Nabil el Gourani scored for the other Amsterdam team. Kostas Lamprou (squad) and Dennis Johnsen (substitute) made their debut in Ajax 1. On Thursday evening, Ajax will find out who their opponent will be in the next round.
Ajax had also faced an amateur team in the previous round. Scheveningen was defeated 1-5, but was able to put up a reasonable fight in the first half. Midway through that game, the score had been 0-2. In this game against De Dijk, the halfway score wasn’t shockingly higher (0-3), but the Ajacieds were having a much easier time of it.
Namesakes and fellow midfielders set a good example
The first threat was for the home team – Tayeb’s shot was a meter wide – but after that, Ajax took control. Thanks to namesakes and fellow midfielders De Jong, Ajax took the lead. Frenkie opened the score after 16 minutes which, apparently, inspired Siem. The shadow centre forward then struck twice, the first time on a pass from his namesake. Carel Eiting did the prep work on the 0-3 goal.
The fact that the above-mentioned players had a hand in the goals was no coincidence. Ajax’s midfield for the occasion made combinations to their hearts’ content. Coach Marcel Keizer had overturned more than just his midfield. Compared to the Classic victory at Feyenoord (1-4), only Matthijs de Ligt and Nick Viergever were on the squad.
The 2nd half was just underway when Ajax increased its lead to 0-4, via Cerny. A big win seemed to be in the making, but, surprisingly, De Dijk fought back after 52 minutes. From a corner, El Gournai scored neatly: 1-4.
Cerny sadly forced to stop
Although Ajax’s victory was never in danger, the Ajacieds still ended the game on a sour note. This was due to Cerny being sadly forced to leave the field. The Czech player hurt his knee and collapsed after a duel, crying out in pain.
Cerny’s injury cast a long shadow over the rest of the game. The Ajacieds carried out the game professionally, without taking unnecessary risks. More opportunities followed, but, Luis Orejuela, among others, was unlucky. The Colombian struck the post twice.