Ajax regain initiative in Dutch Premier League
In today’s Premier League matches, Feyenoord beat Eindhoven club PSV 3-1. A clearly disappointed PSV squad was unable to come up with an explanation for their humiliating defeat, which has seriously reduced the club’s chances of winning the national title.
Ajax, on the other hand, has regained the initiative thanks to a 4-1 victory over Excelsior combined with PSV’s embarrassing defeat. The Amsterdam club is now only one point behind front runner FC Twente, who it will play at home in the last match of the competition.
Ajax coach Frank de Boer said: “We have fully regained the initiative. We will have only ourselves to blame when things go wrong.” The Amsterdam club will first play SC Heerenveen in an away game next week.
Excelsior are now in 16th position, lagging six points behind number 15, De Graafschap. However, coach Alex Pastoor is optimistic about the club’s chances of fighting off relegation: “We really put ourselves on the map by performing so well against one of the league leaders.”
Ajax’ Frank de Boer had to admit it wasn't as easy as the final result would suggest. Ajax were in poor form on Sunday. Lorenzo Ebecilio scored the first goal for Ajax in the 13th minute of the first half, followed by an equaliser from Excelsior player Daan Bovenberg just after half time. Ajax did not seem to wake up to what was at stake until the final 20 minutes of the game, when Christian Eriksen and then Ebecilio scored the second and third goal for the Ajax squad. Siem de Jong scored the fourth goal just minutes before the final whistle.
FC Groningen struggled to get past Nijmegen club NEC on Sunday, but eventually won the match 3-1. Thomas Enevoldsen scored the first goal for the Groningen squad followed by Niki Zimling’s equaliser just three minutes later. The uninspired second half seemed likely to produce a draw but, just minutes before the final whistle, Dusan Tadic scored the second goal for Groningen, followed by a third by Tim Matavz. As a result, Groningen remain in the race for fourth place.
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