What a spectacle it was on the cup match between Ajax and FC Utrecht. No fewer than 9 targets had been scored within the Johan Cruijff Area. Utrecht gave the impression to be heading for a 3-4 victory for a very long time, however by way of targets from Zakaria Labyad and an attractive objective from Dusan Tadic, Ajax continues within the KNVB Cup: 5-4.
Ajax’s begin within the Area was dramatic. Debutant Kjell Scherpen received Nicolás Tagliafico in bother. The Argentinian merely misplaced the ball, permitting Mimoun Mahi to emerge freely in entrance of the Ajax objective. He rounded off this nice alternative by tapping the ball in below Scherpen. Ajax didn’t appear totally awake within the first jiffy: the company from the Dom metropolis got here dangerously on the opponent’s half a variety of instances.
Out of nowhere, nonetheless, Ajax quickly leveled the rating once more. A free kick by Dusan Tadic was diverted by Mark van der Maarel, who was within the wall. Maarten Paes was on the flawed foot in consequence and will do nothing however watch the ball plunge into the objective subsequent to him.
Referee Dennis Higler let play on quite a bit and didn’t whistle a infantile match within the Area. Utrecht needed to take care of a serious setback after about half an hour of play: Django Warmerdam hit his personal keeper within the face together with his shoe after an insignificant push from Antony. The medical workers of Utrecht didn’t take any dangers: the closing put up was moved to the aspect. With this, Eric Oelschlägel made his debut for the away workforce.
Simply earlier than half time Ajax took the lead. Labyad harm his outdated workforce by taking pictures the 2-1 after a pleasant Ajax assault. Ajax went into halftime with a lead, but additionally within the second half coach Erik ten Hag’s workforce began dramatically. Gyrano Kerk beat a number of opponents – together with Devyne Rensch – and gave solution to Mahi. He solely needed to sort in: 2-2.
It was once more a flashy begin, however even now Utrecht couldn’t benefit from the objective for lengthy. A couple of minutes later it was hit on the opposite aspect of the sphere. Antony shot the ball via Tommy St. Jago into the Utrecht objective, giving Ajax the lead once more. A minute later, nonetheless, it was 3-3 once more, when Sander van de Streek fortunately received the ball in entrance of his ft within the penalty space of Ajax and Scherpen had no likelihood.
The storm died down after the sixth hit of the night. Utrecht saved ready for the subsequent alternative and never a lot later received the 3-4 within the lap. Scherpen dropped a cross from his palms and substitute Moussa Sylla benefited gratefully. He may enter the fourth Utrecht objective for a free objective. It was not over in Amsterdam with this seventh objective: Labyad made it 4-4 together with his second of the night.
It was Tadic who shot Utrecht’s dream to items simply earlier than the tip: he made it 5-4 superbly by taking pictures from a distance. Van der Maarel needed a penalty in absolute damage time, after contact with Daley Blind. Higler, nonetheless, felt that the Utrecht captain made the primary violation. Because of this, Ajax goes into the tube for the subsequent spherical of the KNVB Cup, Utrecht can give attention to the Eredivisie.