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Ajax hit 5 past SC Heerenveen to keep Eredivisie title hopes alive

Monday 17th April 2017
It is going to be a tight finish for the Eredivisie title this season. The two teams competing for the trophy are the current leaders, Feyenoord, and second-placed Ajax, who find themselves just one point adrift of top spot.

This Easter Sunday, Ajax were up against Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena. This was a big fixture as both clubs were playing for specific spots in the league table. Ajax remained in contention for the Eredivisie title while Heerenveen were playing for a European place.

Both teams settled with a 4-3-3 formation and it was a game that was watched by over 51,500 fans. This gave the contest some great atmospheric moments.

The first goal came from the visitors, which shocked the home supporters. Just eight minutes in and Iranian forward, Reza Ghoochannejhad had put Heerenveen 1-0 up. Sam Larsson passed the ball through the Ajax defence to Ghoochannejhad, who then slotted the ball into the back of the net.
However, Ajax drew level on 24 minutes. A corner was whipped in from the left side by Hakim Ziyech. The cross found the head of Davinson Sanchez which contacted left back Nick Viergever to cross the line. With the score now at 1-1, Ajax felt the game was theirs for the taking.

Eight minutes later Ajax made it 2-1 through Matthijs De Ligt. The Dutch centre-back played a great ball into the Heerenveen box on the left to find Kasper Dolberg. De Ligt then carried on his run into the box to receive Dolberg's pass to tap it past Erwin Mulder in Heerenveen's goal.

Just before half time, Ajax got their third. Davy Klaasen played a ball into the box only for the Heerenveen defence to unintentionally pass back to the midfielder. Heerenveen's goalkeeper, Mulder, became confused and it allowed Klaasen to make it 3-1.

It wasn't until the 68th minute that Ajax extended their lead to 4-1. Dolberg turned the defence inside out and dribbled into the Heerenveen box, eventually being brought down to the floor. The referee, Danny Makkelie, had no choice but to award a penalty. Dolberg had no problem converting, shooting into the top right corner of the net. Ajax now felt even more comfortable and were hungry for more goals.
Brazilian forward, David Neres also wanted in on the action. He made his impact on 83 minutes. Amin Younes played a vital ball into the box the Ajax attacker to latch onto. This caused Mulder to rush out, but Neres took it round the Heerenveen keeper and made it 5-1 to seal the win.

The game produced five different Ajax goalscorers, which goes to show how they play as a team. Even defenders are getting onto the scoresheet as well as the midfielders and strikers. Dolberg contributed with his 14th goal of the season; Klaasen with his 13th.

Ajax boss, Peter Bosz will be delighted with the result and will want it to continue. They still need to reduce the one point deficit to overtake Feyenoord. It will be an anxious time for de Godenzonen but they are definitely capable of winning the Eredivisie title.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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