Ajax 4 v 0 ADO Den Haag
The Amsterdam Arena was the venue for ADO’s final game of 2011. Would they be able to match the previous result of their last game in that stadium?
A major disappointment was the fact that ADO had no travelling support at this game, and as everybody knows, no visiting fans lessens an atmosphere within a stadium considerably. ADO fans however did give their team a good send off at the Saturday morning training in Zuiderpark, lots of loud fireworks and chanting, good boost for the players.
The bizarre atmosphere in the stadium was further exaggerated due to mass protests by the home support about the running of their club, Many refused to enter until the fourteenth minute of the game, by which time.
Ajax was the team that started the better, having ADO on the back foot from the onset. As the early minutes passed ADO started to gain a foothold in the match against their illustrious opponents.
In the tenth minute there was an incident that basically ended any real chance for ADO in this match. Ramon Leeuwin had a rush of blood to the head; inexplicably he jumped into a two footed challenge on Christian Eriksen. Fair play to Eriksen, he didn’t make a meal of the tackle, but the referee, Kevin Blom had no option but to give Leeuwin a straight red card. What was he thinking?
In the eighteenth minute Ajax’s one man advantage took hold. The ball played down the right to Miralem Sulejmani whose amazing back heeled flick to Nicolas Lodeiro lead to a simple ball being played to Eriksen who finished with a neat shot inside the post, 1-0.
Ajax forced the play and only a series of magnificent saves by Coutinho kept ADO in the game. ADO almost got an equalizer in the twenty fifth minute when Chery found himself on the edge of the Ajax box with time to shoot. The shot unfortunately just missed the outside of the right hand upright.
The rest of the first half saw ADO just trying to keep Ajax at bay. There seemed to be too many lapses of concentration in the ADO defence. I could certainly hear no real instruction being yelled out by anybody apart from Coutinho, who was being way to exposed.
For the first ten minutes of the second half, ADO put pressure for the first time on the Ajax defence. It did not take too long for the home support to start booing and whistling at their own team’s endeavours. Chery and Vicento causing problems down the right side. The ADO domination soon disappeared and was then undone by some horrific defending.
Ajax went two goals up when Sulejmani played a ball in from the left that totally split the ADO centre backs, leaving Janssen with acres of space and time to punish ADO’s weak defending, 2-0.
With fifteen minutes to go, ex ADO hero Bulykin was brought on to the pitch. Within four minutes the former ADO hitman gave Ajax a three goal lead as yet again the ADO defence was pulled apart. N’Toko slipped while in possession allowing Eriksen to play a ball across the area to an unmarked Bulykin who had the simplest of tasks to score.
In the eighty fifth minute Ajax wrapped up the game. Sulejmani played a one two with Bulykin and with yet another easy finish gave the home side a four goal lead, 4-0.
The score line was hard to swallow for the ADO players who looked drained at the final whistle. Ajax did not play that good. It was a mix of the red card and a few moments of very sloppy defending that gifted the Amsterdammers the win. In the press conference after the game; ADO trainer Steijn was clearly still angry about Leeuwin’s rash challenge, a moment of madness that ruined ADO’s chances so early on.
Well ADO now go into the winter break in a position most doubted they would reach after the first few results this season: ADO now lying in a very respectable 11th place in the Eredivisie.
ADO man of the match: Gino Coutinho, at least six top class saves, let down by the defenders in front of him. It could have been much worse for ADO if not for the number one.
Attendance: 46, 854