Luis Suarez showed Ajax the way in the league match against Willem II. The forward from Uruguay scored three times to lead his team to a 4-1 victory.
Days before PSV - Ajax, the team from Eindhoven lead Ajax by four points. Adrie Koster's men can reduce the deficit to a mere point on Wednesday. ,,We made the title race a little closer again today’’, coach Koster said. ,,It will be a great game on Wednesday.’’
The coach pointed out his team's shortcomings after the good result. The execution left much to be desired, Koster opined.
The first goal, made for Willem II by Frank Demouge, illustrated the ddifficulties Ajax had with the visitors in the beginning of the match. Klaas Jan Huntelaar equalised by heading in a corner by Kenneth Perez: 1-1. It was the 27th league goal by the striker.
,,There were some good opportunities on the right flank, with the crosses of Bruno Silva’’, Koster said. ,,Luckily, the 2-1 came at a great moment.’’ In the last minute of the first half, Silva brought the ball in the box, after which Huntelaar and Kenneth Perez touched it to Suarez. The Uruguayan forward shot the ball behind substitute goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer. The goalkeeper, on loan from Ajax to Willem II, replaced Maikel Aerts who went off with a severe leg and ankle injury.
The goal meant the first of three strikes by Suarez. The visitors from Tilburg had no answers for Suarez' goal instinct, who gave his team the 4-1 lead at the end.
,,Yet, we did not play well in the second half’’, Koster said about his team's performance. ,,We were a bit too careless. I was still concerned when it was 3-1. It seemed that nobody wanted the ball. Only when we made it 4-1, I could sit back.’’
Ajax added three points and got back to four points of PSV, but also suffered some damage. Gabri may miss the clash with PSV after he had to be taken off early with a hamstring injury. Siem de Jong also had to be replaced. The midfielder has a grion injury. ,,We have to see about Siem for Wednesday'', said Koster, who seems to count out a quick recovery by Gabri.