Ajax ended the training camp in Cádiz, Spain, on a positive note on Sunday by winning 1-2 against 2. Bundesliga club Hannover 96. The goals were scored by Brian Brobbey and Steven Bergwijn.
With this, Ajax’s starting team gave a positive reaction after the reserves of the Amsterdam team lost 3-0 to the B-team of Hannover 96 on Saturday. Ajax performed considerably better on Sunday with the usual starting players.
Brobbey scored the opening goal halfway through the first half by emerging at the near post and heading home a measured cross from Borna Sosa. Two minutes later Ajax could cheer again and Bergwijn was the celebrated man.
Kenneth Taylor intercepted the ball in midfield, after which the ball ended up at the Ajax captain via Brobbey. Bergwijn cleverly dribbled past his direct opponent and scored with a low, placed shot in the short corner: 2-0.
Just before half time, Hannover came back into the match and they could thank Devyne Rensch for that. The right back simply handed over the ball, allowing Muhammed Damar to run away. Face to face with Ajax goalkeeper Diant Ramaj, the midfielder remained calm.
Ramaj’s late save is worth gold for Ajax
An unchanged Ajax made a lesser impression in the second half, but did not have to concede another goal. The best opportunities were for Hannover, which had entered with eleven other names in the second half.
Ajax had little in return and could thank Ramaj for leaving the field with a victory. The German made it 2-1 with a nice reflex in the Estadio Municipal Antonio Barbadillo.
The team of coach John van ‘t Schip will fly back to the Netherlands on Sunday. There Ajax will continue to prepare for the resumption of the Eredivisie.
An important match awaits Ajax next Sunday when Go Ahead Eagles, the number six in the competition, visit.
Ramaj; Rensch, Sutalo, Hato, Sosa; Tahirovic, Hlynsson, Taylor (70. Banel); Berghuis, Brobbey (62. Akpom), Bergwijn.
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