ALKMAAR. AZ succeeded in turn the table against Ajax to win 2-1. All goals were scored in the first half. It was Ajax to strike first with a goal of M. Kudus at the 13′. Then it was a goal in the 41′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, J. Odgaard gave the win to AZ in the 45′ minute with a goal. Ajax lost this match even if it was superior in terms of ball possession (58%).
The match was played at the AFAS Stadion stadium in Alkmaar on Sunday and it started at 4:45 pm local time. The referee was Bas Nijhuis who was helped by Mario Diks and Dave Goossens. The 4th official was Ingmar Oostrom. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold around 11.6 degrees Celsius or 52.84 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 71%.
Ajax was in firm control of the ball 58% while AZ was struggling with a 42% ball possession.
AZ was more aggressive with 53 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 8 were on target. Which is one of the reasons AZ won the match.
AZ shot 13 times, 8 on target, 5 off target. On the opposite side, Ajax shot 18 times, 7 on target, 11 off target.
AZ received 3 yellow cards (M. Kerkez, J. Odgaard and T. Reijnders). On the other side, Ajax received 2 yellow cards (K. Taylor and E. Alvarez).
After playing this match, AZ will have 14 points to stay in the 4th place. On the opposite side, Ajax will stay with 18 points to move up in the 2nd place.
M. De Wit
B. Martins Indi
Mees de Wit
Ajax will host Go Ahead Eagles on the 1st of October with a 6-1 head to head record in favor of Ajax (1 draw).
AZ: Formation and Lineups
AZ started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
The manager Pascal Jansen chose to play with the following team: Hobie Verhulst , Pantelis Hatzidiakos , Sam Beukema , Bruno Martins Indi , Miloš Kerkez , Tijjani Reijnders , Jordy Clasie , Dani de Wit , Yukinari Sugawara , Jens Odgaard and Mees de Wit .
AZ made 3 changes: B. Martins Indi for M. Dekker (45′), J. Odgaard for M. Lahdo (85′) and M. De Wit for R. Bazoer (85′).
Top player: Tijjani Reijnders
The player who no doubt impressed AZ the most was Tijjani Reijnders even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 37 passes (81% accurate) and 3 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 6. He performed 5 crosses. He hit the woodwork once times.
Ajax: Formation and Lineups
Ajax started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
On the other side, Alfred Schreuder played with: Remko Pasveer , Devyne Rensch , Jurriën Timber , Calvin Bassey , Daley Blind , Edson Álvarez , Kenneth Taylor , Dušan Tadić , Steven Berghuis , Steven Bergwijn and Mohammed Kudus .
Ajax made 4 changes: K. Taylor for D. Klaassen (46′), D. Rensch for B. Brobbey (63′), M. Kudus for L. Lucca (81′) and S. Bergwijn for L. Ocampos (81′).
Best player: Remko Pasveer
The player that probably impressed the most for Ajax was the goalkeeper: Remko Pasveer. His rating is 7.70. He performed 6 saves.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Eredivisie