AZ loses in AmsterdamPublished on 26 april 21, 14:54
AMSTERDAM- AZ lost the away game against Ajax this Sunday. In the Johan Cruijff ArenA, AZ wasn’t able to exploit the dominance on the pitch and suffered a late defeat as Ajax scored twice in the last part of the game.
For the first time since the Europa League-game against Napoli, AZ played in front of a crowd again. As part of an experiment by the Dutch government, 7,500 spectators were allowed into the stadium.
After just three minutes, Teun Koopmeiners got the first chance when AZ got a free kick. The captain unfortunately placed it over the bar. On the opposite side, Marco Bizot made a really important save to deny Ajax’s Sébastien Haller.
AZ grew stronger
Despite a couple of moments, it took until halfway through the first half until the game really got on. First Timo Letschert prevented a shot from Nico Tagliafico from going in, then Ajax escaped a goal multiple times. Koopmeiners’s shot went just wide, Stengs and Gudmundsson found Ajax’s goalie Maarten Stekelenburg and Tagliafico blocked a shot from Myron Boadu.
When the second half started, AZ seemed to take control and had the first real chances, but Gudmundsson saw his shots go wide twice. After that, Ajax took the initiative and proved to be more efficient by scoring the first goal. AZ wasn’t able to force the equalizer and saw Ajax double the margin in the 90th minute. It was again Davy Klaassen that sealed the deal: 2-0. The defeat means AZ is now in third place, three points behind PSV Eindhoven.
Ajax - AZ 2-0 (0-0)
Line-up Ajax: Maarten Stekelenburg; Devyne Rensch (64. Noussair Mazraoui), Jurriën Timber, Lisandro Martínez, Nicolás Tagliafico; Edson Álvarez, Davy Klaasen, Ryan Gravenberch; Antony (64. David Neres), Sébastien Haller (85. Brian Brobbey), Dusan Tadic (90+1. Oussama Idrissi).
Line-up AZ: Marco Bizot; Yukinari Sugawara, Timo Letschert (90+1. Ramon Leeuwin), Bruno Martins Indi, Owen Wijndal; Fredrik Midtsjø, Calvin Stengs, Teun Koopmeiners; Albert Gudmundsson (73. Dani de Wit), Myron Boadu, Jesper Karlsson (78. Tijjani Reijnders).
Goals: 66. Klaassen 1-0, 90. Klaassen 2-0.
Yellow cards: Karlsson.
Red Cards: -
Referee: Pol van Boekel.
Foto's: Ed van de Pol / www.edvandepol.nl