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Ajax spills points again in Arnhem at the opening of the season

For the third season in a row, Ajax suffered damage on the first round of play. The team from Amsterdam did not get any further than a draw in the match with Vitesse: 2-2.

Ajax twice faced a backlog in Arnhem. Already after thirteen minutes the team of Erik ten Hag had to chase for the first time, after Matús Bero led the home team with a shot changed direction (via Ajax defender Perr Schuurs).


After the early backlog Ajax took the initiative and pushed Vitesse far back. After Daley Blind had already hit the bar with a long shot, Donny van de Beek took care of the equalizer after half an hour. The midfielder, who is in the clear interest of Real Madrid, shot a pass by Hakim Ziyech past Vitesse goalkeeper Remko Pasveer.

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Ajax spills points again in Arnhem at the opening of the season


Vitesse again took the lead in the second half. Ten minutes after the break, former Ajax player Riechedly Bazoer dribbled himself pretty free and then passed Andre Onana with a diagonal shot. Supported by the lead, Vitesse threw more energy into the game and it defended a wall.

Ajax created two great opportunities via Hakim Ziyech and Razvan Marin, but they lacked sharpness in the finish. Fifteen minutes before the time it was hit. With a handy pass, Van de Beek released captain Dusan Tadic, who hit the roof of the goal flawlessly on the edge.

In the final phase Ajax went on the hunt for the victory, where Vitesse had to continue with ten men after Bazoer had taken his second yellow card. Dolberg and Tadic still had great opportunities, but goalkeeper Pasveer found their way.

At Vitesse, Ajax immediately leaves two points in a messy duel

National champion Ajax has started the new season in the Eredivisie with a draw against Vitesse. The team from Amsterdam did not win their opening game for the third consecutive season (2-2).

Hakim Ziyech appeared at the start of the Amsterdam team despite a training delay in Arnhem, because newcomer Quincy Promes could not train much due to a minor injury last week. Nicolás Tagliafico took over from Sergiño Dest at the back. Ajax also took on the same players who seized the Johan Cruijff scale seven days ago at the expense of PSV .

Basic forces Perr Schuurs and Razvan Marin, who have to accommodate the departure of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, did not look well when Vitesse took the lead via Matus Bero in the opening phase. André Onana did not stand a chance on Schuurs' shot-changing shot, but the main question was how Bero could turn up so freely in the Amsterdam sixteen.

Equalizer

In any case, Donny van de Beek did not seem to be cramping for a moment with the interest that Real Madrid showed in him . The midfielder was involved in just about every Ajax attack before the break and after half an hour on a pass from Ziyech he put the equalizer on the board with a hard shot.

Vitesse seemed to have fired his gun in the first quarter of the match. The absolute best player was goalkeeper Remko Pasveer, who saw a shot by Daley Blind hit the bar just before the equalizer from Amsterdam.

Vitesse also underwent a thorough renovation in recent months, following the departure of, among others, the midfield architect Martin Ødegaard. The people from Arnhem now hope for whims of the whimsical Oussama Tannane and Riechedly Bazoer.

The latter, who, as a teenager, grew to become the Orange International in Amsterdam, gave Vitesse another lead. After the home team had recovered in the break, the midfielder had every opportunity to turn free and leave Onana no chance with his shot in the far corner.

Ajax had already been warned about this, when Tagliafico had just knocked over Bryan Linssen shortly before, but the VAR did not consider it heavy enough for a penalty. And the video referee then gave Ajax another frightening moment, when Dusan Tadic rammed the 2-2 hard and high. After extensive viewing of the images, it just turned out not to be offside.

The image of the messy match was mainly marked by the many opportunities that Ajax missed, with again a questionable leading role for Marin. After Pasveer had stopped Ziyech's bet, the unfortunate Romanian left for practically empty purposes.

According to trainer Erik ten Hag, Ajax mainly missed match rhythm, in order to keep distance from the Arnhem team despite the prevalence. So the home team stayed on their feet, even after Bazoer was sent off with a second yellow in the final phase.


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