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Victorious Ajax suffers some damage

Victorious Ajax suffers some damage

Ajax has won its away game against PEC Zwolle by 1-4. The Amsterdam team thus remains on the heels of leader PSV, who had won their Friday night game.  More importantly, though, are the injuries of Donny van de Beek and Andre Onana, leading up to the Bayern Munich game this coming Wednesday.

For this 15th round of play, Ajax travelled to Zwolle with Hakim Ziyech once again in the ranks.  The midfielder had been sidelined fort wo weeks due to a knee injury, and, although he was in the selection for the PEC game, he didn’t play.  Lasse Schone was back on the squad: his fellow Dane, Kasper Dolberg, bowed out on Friday due to knee pain.  Danilo Pereira was thus on the bench for the first time in an Eredivisie game.

Extremely physical game
But it wasn’t a game in which to bring in young talents.  It turned out to be an extremely physical game, and Ajax didn’t emerge unscathed.  Neither Donny van de Beek nor Andre Onana made it to halftime.  Both had to leave due to injury.  The consequences for the game against Bayern Munich aren’t clear yet.  Frenkie de Jong was also battle-scarred, although he managed to play the full 90 minutes.

Yellow card De Ligt 
The first significant thing to happen with Ajax was a yellow card for captain Matthijs de Ligt.  He got it after 6 minutes, when he hauled Kingsley Ehizibue down.  In Zwolle, they would have preferred a differently coloured card for this offense.

Huntelaar’s 8th
In the 22nd minute, Ajax took a 0-1 lead.  David Neres passed to Tadic, who couldn’t reach the ball.  The Serb was unable to truly control the ball, but Klaas Jan Huntelaar was like a bee on honey with the ball, and sent it against the ropes.  It was his 8th goal of the season.

Great goal De Jong 
Shortly after that, Donny van de Beek sustained an injury, but remained in the field during Zakaria Labyad’s warm-up.  And it was a good thing that he did, because thanks to his determination, Ajax took possession of the ball in the 32nd minute.  Van de Beek sent the bal lto Frenkie de Jong, who had outplayed 3 PEC players and passed Van der Hart with a low shot.

Manpower problems
Ajax was sitting pretty in the lead, but in terms of personnel, the team suffered damage.  After Van de Beek, who was substituted right after the 0-2, Andre Onana was also forced to leave the field.  Kostas Lamprou made an immediate save on a shot by Mike van Duinen, but had to fish out a shot from a fluid corner.  Zian Flemmeing won his header and brought John van ‘t Schip’s team, via Schone’s head, back into the game.

1-3 by Lasse Schöne
After the break, Ajax was on the hunt for the next goal, but it wasn’t until the 69th minute that the margin increased to 2 goals.  After a corner kick by Tadic, Schone came up well and volleyed the ball into the goal via Van der Hart’s foot, 1-3.