Erik ten Hag’s team can therefore confidently prepare for Tuesday’s Champions League match with Besiktas. The first game in the million-dollar ball, away at Sporting Portugal, was won 5-1.
The figures of Ajax in the national competition are impressive. Due to the previous victories over NEC (5-0), Vitesse (5-0), PEC Zwolle (0-2), Cambuur (9-0) and Fortuna Sittard (5-0), the goal difference has now grown to thirty goals for and only one against.
The players of Ajax celebrate Edson Alvarez’s 1-0.
Against FC Groningen, however, Ajax had it a lot less easy than hoped in the first half. Trainer Danny Buijs had looked carefully at how not to play against the reigning national champion and the northerners managed to disrupt the Amsterdam attacking game in the first 45 minutes.
Nevertheless, Ajax went into halftime with a lead. In the 40th minute, midfielder Edson Alvarez put his team at 1-0. The midfielder headed in a cross from Steven Berghuis. He sent the ball contrarian and through the ground towards the enemy goal. FC Groningen goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh was transfixed.
Antony celebrates the 2-0 in his own way.
In the second half, more than ten minutes after the game had resumed, the Groningen resistance was finally broken. After a quick breakout, Antony pecked the ball into the far corner. The Brazilian has been in top form in recent weeks anyway. It’s not for nothing that he was called up for the seleco.
The score could have been a lot higher on Saturday, but Ten Hag had to watch patiently as his players missed several great opportunities. Nousair Mazraoui shot wide from close range.
The right back, who has regularly excelled this season, made up for his miss ten minutes before the end by hitting the ball after a long ball tailored to Lisandro Martinez: 3-0.
Thanks to the sixth three-pointer in seven matches, Ajax now has a three-point lead over the surprising number two Willem II. The Tilburgers defeated PSV earlier in the evening, 2-1. The Eindhoven team is currently third with a total of 15 points.
At 6.45 pm Vitesse and Fortuna Sittard will also compete against each other.
Ajax binds FC Groningen to victory cart and can confidently work towards ‘Besiktas home’ | Football
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