01 Oct 2022 at 21:55Update: a minute ago
Ajax failed to take advantage of the loss of PSV on Saturday evening at SC Cambuur (3-0). In a mediocre game, the reigning national champion drew 1-1 against Go Ahead Eagles.
By our sports editors
Ajax made a poor impression almost the entire match against Go Ahead, but took the lead on the stroke of half-time via Davy Klaassen. The team of trainer Alfred Schreuder failed to increase the score in the second half, after which Go Ahead struck via Willum Willumsson in a rare outbreak.
It is the third time in a row that Ajax has lost points against Go Ahead Eagles in the Eredivisie. Last season, both teams also played a draw (1-1) in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The game in De Adelaarshorst was won 2-1 by the home team.
Moreover, due to the loss of points, Ajax fails to take back the lead. AZ is the surprising number one after the 1-4 win at FC Groningen. PSV lost earlier in the day with large numbers on a visit to SC Cambuur (3-0) and has one point less than Ajax.
With a view to the Champions League match with Napoli, many players were in the base who normally act as reserves. Mohammed Kudus, Edson Álvarez and Steven Bergwijn, among others, started on the bench, which led to Brian Brobbey, Florian Grillitsch and Lucas Ocampos.
Ajax’s duel with Napoli, which won the first two group matches of the Champions League, will take place on Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. After that, the 36-time record champion in the Eredivisie will visit FC Volendam.
Davy Klaassen gave Ajax the lead. Photo: Pro Shots
Klaassen makes opening goal
With the many newcomers in the base, Ajax started the hunt for rehabilitation after the 2-1 defeat against AZ in the last game before the international match. Because of that loss, Ajax lost the lead to PSV, which won against Feyenoord in the previous round.
Ajax made an uninspiring impression in the first half. Ajax created few chances, until the ball in the 38th minute via Klaassen, which fortunately fell at Brobbey’s feet. The striker shot hard from close range against keeper Jeffrey de Lange, who went through Ajax’s youth academy.
Brobbey’s chance was the start of a better phase for Ajax, which led to Klaassen’s opening goal. The approaching midfielder worked in a Tadic cross with subtle foot movement. It was Tadic’s sixth assist of the season.
Willum Willumsson celebrates his equalizer. Photo: Pro Shots
Ajax doesn’t swing even after the break
The Ajax crowd couldn’t enjoy much in the second half either, so the fans of Go Ahead Eagles could hope for a result. The Deventers did hold their breath ten minutes after the break when Kenneth Taylor fell in the penalty area, but the arbitration did not see a penalty.
After more than an hour of play, Schreuder pulled out basic debutants Grillitsch and Ocampos and brought in Álvarez and Bergwijn. The pair couldn’t get the home team to swing, leaving the margin at one.
Go Ahead took full advantage of Ajax’s mediocre game in the final phase, which conceded the equalizer twelve minutes before the final whistle. Willumsson was accurate with a contrarian shot, after which Ajax’s final offensive did not yield any results.
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