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PSV won 5-2 at home against Ajax, which now – partly due to the victory of FC Volendam over Excelsior – last place in the premier league. Although Ajax put in an excellent first half hour and took a 2-1 lead, PSV completely turned the game around in the second half with an excellent Hirving Lozano.
Never before in the history of the Premier League has Ajax been bottom. After ten games, PSV is still clear in the Premier League and is the leader with the maximum number of points.
While the expectations of the Amsterdam team were very low, the opening phase was absolutely for the team of interim coach Hedwiges Maduro. Brian Brobbey could have given Ajax the lead after just two minutes when the striker escaped offside, but he ran into the feet of goalkeeper Walter Benítez.
It was a warning for the home team, which had difficulty with the Ajax striker. Brobbey was dangerous again not much later. His cross was just missed by everything and everyone.
Ajax in the lead
PSV offered little in return and Ajax deservedly took the lead. Branco van den Boomen received a deflected ball at his feet and eventually saw his seemingly tenable shot fall in behind Benítez.
It turned out to be a boost for the vulnerable Ajax, which seemed to gain self-confidence from it. The 0-2 could have been scored within fifteen minutes.
After a good attack via Steven Bergwijn and Kenneth Taylor, Brobbey had an excellent opportunity to score the second goal. He only missed for an empty goal, so he did not reward Ajax’s good play with a bigger lead.
Equalizer against the odds
This gave PSV the opportunity to equalize despite the odds. A beautiful pass from Olivier Boscagli in the depth to Lozano was well spent on the Mexican. Lozano crawled in and shot the ball into the short corner: 1-1.
PSV could breathe a sigh of relief again, but a minute after the tying goal, the Eindhoven crowd held its breath again when Kristian Hlynsson was able to head in completely freely. Benítez prevented another deficit.
The match then flew back and forth. After Luuk de Jong and Joey Veerman tested Ajax goalkeeper Diant Ramaj with a long shot, the match was forced to calm down.
The fourth official had referee Danny Makkelie stop the game due to a medical emergency in the stands. Doctors from both clubs rushed to the audience and PSV director Marcel Brands also went to take a look. When the situation was under control, the match resumed after about ten minutes.
PSV-Ajax temporarily shut down due to a medical emergency in the stands
PSV seemed to need that rest period the most. Trainer Peter Bosz was able to address his team again, but also had to watch as Brobbey scored the 1-2 five minutes before the tea break. After missing two enormous chances, the third chance, provided by Steven Bergwijn, was a prey for the Ajax striker.
Saibari and Lozano turn the match around
Bosz decided to bring Ismael Saibari and Guus Til into the team and the home team did well. The 2-2 was a fact within five minutes, after Lozano had hit the crossbar from a standstill. The rebound came at the feet of Luuk de Jong, who scored his eighth goal of the season.
The goal also set a record. De Jong is the first player ever to score against Ajax in six Premier League matches in a row. This puts him past Dirk Kuijt, for example.
Then the home team went all out. Saibari excelled by rewarding a beautiful attack with the 3-2 and being important with a beautiful through ball that led to Lozano’s 5-2. It meant a hat trick for the Mexican, who had already scored the fourth PSV goal on a pass from Johan Bakayoko.
The home fans couldn’t believe their luck. Not only is PSV the proud leader after ten rounds, but the fans could also enjoy gloating about the major crisis at Ajax. A relegation ghost ran laps through the stadium and a banner with Ajax’s defeats created extra joy in Eindhoven.
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