Ajax started well in Breda, but had to fight to catch NAC in the second half. For the first time in three tries this season, Ajax defeated NAC when Heitinga scored a late goal: 2-3.
NAC defeated Ajax the first two times this season. Ajax lost at home in the league (1-3) and away in the Cup (4-2) a month later. This Sunday Ajax broke their losing streak against the team from Breda.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar gave Ajax the lead with a header in the first half. After Ajax conceded goals by Matthew Amoah and Rob Penders early in the second half, Urby Emanuelson and John Heitinga guided the visitors past the home side.
In the first half, Urby Emanuelson and Edgar Davids took their team on their backs. The former, playing as left midfielder, rushed forward on the left flank regularly. The midfielders found each other with ease.
Captain Davids worked manfully in midfield and provided the perfect cross for Huntelaar's goal. With his right foot he found his striker at the second post.
The way NAC erased the deficit early in the second half, gave coach Adrie Koster reasons for concern. Amoah and Penders both scored from free kick by Csaba Fehér. Ajax did not look good at both moments. Koster: ,,We discussed how to defend these situations. It's disappointing to see them score twice that way. We will talk about this on Monday.’’
Another point of concern were the yellow cards for Gabri, Luis Suarez and Bruno Silva. The three will miss next week's match against Excelsior.
In the final fifteen minutes, Ajax bounced back. Urby Emanuelson fired the ball, off the body of Patrick Zwaanswijk, past goalkeeper Ten Rouwelaar (2-2). John Heitinga then became the match winner when he headed in a corner kick by Silva: 2-3.