Ajax leave it late to share spoils at Zwolle
SHOWS: ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS (APRIL 26, 2015) (IMG – SEE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE) PEC ZWOLLE (BLUE/WHITE) V AJAX (DARK BLUE) (FIRST HALF) 1. TEAMS WALKING ONTO PITCH 2. ZWOLLE FANS WAVING CLUB FLAGS IN
Ajax leave it late to share spoils at Zwolle
SHOWS: ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS (APRIL 26, 2015) (IMG – SEE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE)
PEC ZWOLLE (BLUE/WHITE) V AJAX (DARK BLUE)
1. TEAMS WALKING ONTO PITCH
2. ZWOLLE FANS WAVING CLUB FLAGS IN STADIUM
3. AJAX COACH FRANK DE BOER (BLACK JACKET) WATCHING MATCH
4. ZWOLLE MIDFIELDER SHERALDO BECKER (17) CROSSING THE BALL IN FROM THE RIGHT / STRIKER TOMAS NECID (15) HEADS THE BALL JUST WIDE / NECID REACTING TO CHANCE
5. ZWOLLE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER BEN RIENSTRA (23) RECEIVES BALL / PLAYS A LONG PASS FORWARD / BALL FLICKED ON WITH HEEL BY NECID / MIDFIELDER MUSTAFA SAYMAK (6) LATCHES ON TO THE BALL BEFORE PLACING HIS SHOT JUST WIDE OF THE POST
6. SAYMAK REACTING TO CHANCE
7. REPLAY OF CHANCE
8. ZWOLLE FANS WAVING CLUB FLAG
9. AJAX MIDFIELDER RIECHEDLY BAZOER (27) PLAYS BALL FORWARD TO STRIKER ANWAR EL-GHAZI (21) / EL-GHAZI PLAYS THE BALL INTO THE PENALTY AREA TOWARDS STRIKER VIKTOR FISCHER (7) / FISCHER SHOOTS INTO THE SIDE NETTING
10. FISCHER REACTING TO CHANCE
11. REPLAY OF FISCHER’S EFFORT
12. ZWOLLE’S SAYMAK THROWS BALL IN FROM TOUCHLINE / SUBSTITUTE RYAN THOMAS (30) CONTROLS THE BALL AND KNOCKS THE BALL FORWARD TO ATTACKING MIDFIELDER JESPER DROST (11) WHO STRIKES A HALF VOLLEY INTO THE FAR CORNER OF THE NET TO MAKE THE SCORE ZWOLLE 1-0 AJAX IN 48TH MINUTE
13. DROST CELEBRATING GOAL
14. ZWOLLE FANS CELEBRATING
15. DROST CELEBRATING GOAL WITH TEAM MATES
16. REPLAY OF GOAL
17. AJAX GOALKEEPER JASPER CILLESSEN (1) LOOKS ON AFTER CONCEDING THE GOAL
18. ZWOLLE CAPTAIN BRAM VAN POLEN RUNS THROUGH ON GOAL / HIS SHOT IS BLOCKED BY AJAX KEEPER CILLESSEN / RIGHT BACK VAN POLEN FAILS TO SHOOT FROM LOOSE BALL AS AJAX SUBSTITUTE LASSE SCHONE (20) CLEARS THE BALL FOR A CORNER
19. VAN POLEN REACTS TO CHANCE
20. REVERSE ANGLE REPLAY SHOWING AJAX SUBSTITUTE MIKE VAN DER HOORN HEADS WIDE BUT REFEREE AWARDS A CORNER INSTEAD OF A GOAL KICK
21. SCHONE TAKES RESULTING CORNER KICK / BALL IS HEADED GOALWARDS BY AJAX’S SUBSTITUTE KOLBEINN SIGTHORSSON (9) / HEADER SAVED BY ZWOLLE GOALKEEPER WARNER HAHN (1) / AJAX DEFENDER NICK VIERGEVER (26) MISCUES SHOT / SIGTHORSSON SMASHES IN REBOUND TO EQUALISE FOR AJAX AND MAKE SCORE 1-1 IN 89TH MINUTE
22. SIGTHORSSON RUNNING BACK TO HIS HALF FOLLOWING GOAL
23. REPLAY OF GOAL
24. ZWOLLE COACH RON JANS REACTS FURIOUSLY TO GOAL FOLLOWING CONTROVERSIAL DECISION TO AWARD CORNER KICK TO AJAX WHICH BROUGHT THE EQUALISER
25. MATCH ENDS
STORY: Ajax Amsterdam left it late to salvage a point against an impressive PEC Zwolle side in the Eredivisie on Sunday (April 26).
Ajax’s rivals PSV Eindhoven already have the league title in the bag but Ajax have now secured second place and a shot at next season’s Champions League qualifiers.
Both teams got off to a slow start with few clear cut chances materialising in the first half. Zwolle came closest to scoring after 33 minutes when a backheel flick by striker Tomas Necid put midfielder Mustafa Saymak through on goal, but Saymak’s effort was wide.
The second half started well with Ajax going close to taking the lead very soon after the restart as striker Viktor Fischer could only find the side netting after a great ball across the box by Anwar El-Ghazi.
The home team however had been the better team in the game and that was eventually made to count with a well worked goal on 48 minutes.
A Saymak throw-in was controlled and played forward perfectly by substitute Ryan Thomas allowing Jesper Drost to smash home a half-volley into the far bottom corner and open the scoring.
Zwolle should have made it 2-0 in the 60th minute as their captain and right back Bram van Polen ran the length of the pitch and had his shot blocked by Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. Van Polen was too slow in reacting to the loose ball with Cillessen away from the goal and Ajax defender Lasse Schone managed to keep his team in the game with quick reactions.
Zwolle were eventually made to pay for their missed chances but it was in rather controversial circumstances.
An Ajax corner was headed wide by substitute Mike Van der Hoorn, but the referee awarded another corner kick instead of a goal kick.
The resulting corner was smashed home by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson following a goal-mouth scramble securing Ajax a point despite Zwolle’s protests.
Zwolle lie seventh in the table, the last position which allows them to enter a play-off for Europa League soccer next season. The team has also made it to the final of the Dutch Cup where they will play Groningen next Sunday (May 3).