Ajax has won the home game against sc Heerenveen on Sunday with generous numbers. Partly thanks to a goal from the returning Davy Klaassen, the team from Amsterdam were too strong in the Johan Cruijff ArenA with 5-1.
Tadic puts Ajax on the right track early on
Halfway the score was already 3-0 by two goals from captain Dusan Tadic – one from a penalty kick – and a hit by Mohammed Kudus. After half time Henk Veerman did something back, Klaassen scored from a penalty and Antony determined the final score.
Trainer Erik ten Hag had made five changes to his starting eleven. He chose Klaassen, Kudus, David Neres and Lassina Traoré, among others, at the expense of Edson Álvarez, Quincy Promes, Antony and Zakaria Labyad.
The victory over Heerenveen means that Ajax can call itself the Eredivisie leader for a while. The team from Amsterdam may be passed by PSV later in the day, which is playing against PEC Zwolle.
Coach Johnny Jansen’s Heerenveen suffered the first defeat of the season in Amsterdam. After a dramatic preparation, the Frisians had started convincingly with three wins and a draw.
Mohammed Kudus and Dusan Tadic scored for Ajax in the first half. (Photo: Pro Shots)
At the first chance of the game, it was immediately hit in the ArenA on Sunday. Captain Tadic got the ball on the left, pulled in and found the far corner with his right foot.
It was a precursor to a smooth first half for Ajax, although the team from Amsterdam initially got away well from a chance from Henk Veerman. The tall striker got a free header, but keeper André Onana made a great save.
Within half an hour the score was doubled, when referee Björn Kuipers gave a penalty on the advice of the VAR – Sherel Floranus had got the ball against his arm – and Tadic made his second of the afternoon from eleven meters.
Ajax dominated and also came to 3-0 before the break, when Kudus got the ball from Ryan Gravenberch and found the far corner cleverly. The impotent Heerenveen offered almost nothing in return.
It never got really exciting in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. (Photo: Pro Shots)