ALKMAAR. AZ managed to reverse the score 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 12′. Then it was a goal in the 40′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, J. Odgaard gave the win to AZ in the 45′ minute. Ajax lost this match even if it was better 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 at 11.6 degrees Celsius or 52.84 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 71%.
Ajax had a superior ball possession 58% while AZ was struggling with a 42% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
AZ was putting more pressure with 53 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 8 were on target. This is one of the reasons why AZ won the match.
AZ shot 13 times, 8 on target, 5 off target. On the other side, Ajax shot 18 times, 7 on target, 11 off target.
AZ received 3 yellow cards (M. Kerkez, J. Odgaard and T. Reijnders). Talking about the opposition, Ajax received 2 yellow cards (K. Taylor and E. Alvarez).
After playing this match, AZ will have 17 points to sit in the 3rd place. Talking about the opposition, Ajax will stay with 18 points like PSV to hold in the 2nd place.
In the next match in the Eredivisie, AZ will play away against PSV on the 12th of November with a 21-10 head to head in favor of PSV (5 draws).
Ajax will play away agasint FC Emmen on the 12th of November with a 6-0 head to head stats in favor of Ajax (0 draws).
AZ – Formation
AZ started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
The manager Pascal Jansen decided 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 .
The home team had on the bench: Mayckel Lahdo, Maxim Dekker , Peer Koopmeiners, Zico Buurmeester, Myron Van Brederode, Zinho Vanheusden, Yusuf Barasi, Riechedly Bazoer , Sem Westerveld, Peter Vindahl Jensen, Fedde De Jong and Iman Griffith.
AZ could not rely on the presence of M. Dekker (injured).
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′).
Best player: Tijjani Reijnders
The most impressive player for AZ was Tijjani Reijnders even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 39 passes (79% 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
Ajax started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
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 .
These were the players on the bench: Ahmetcan Kaplan, Maarten Stekelenburg, Kian Fitz-Jim, Lucas Ocampos, Youri Baas, Lisandro Magallán, Youri Regeer, Brian Brobbey , Jay Gorter, Owen Wijndal, Davy Klaassen and Lorenzo Lucca .
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 (82′).
Best player: Remko Pasveer
The player that probably impressed the most for Ajax was the goalkeeper: Remko Pasveer. His rating is 7.72. He performed 6 saves.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Eredivisie.