Ajax beat Holstein Kiel on Tuesday at a rainy Sportpark de Toekomst. The team from Amsterdam won quite easily against the Germans, who were already 4-0 behind at halftime. In the second half, Holstein did something back, making it 5-2. Ajax’s goals came in the name of Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Lassina Traoré and Devyne Rensch.
A team with a lot of talent started the kick-off. The ‘B-team’ mainly consisted of names who are against the first team, such as Jurriën Timber and Noa Lang. This because of the evening match against Hertha BSC in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, which was also on the program. For that reason, it was not Erik ten Hag, but Young Ajax coach Mitchell van der Gaag that stood by the line.
Van der Gaag saw his team quickly take the lead. By applying pressure, the Germans lost the ball to Ekkelenkamp in a crucial position in the build-up, after which Traoré carefully worked the opening goal against the ropes. In that opening phase, Holstein then cautiously bit away by reporting himself in the box of goalkeeper Dominik Kotarski several times, but without success. Ajax was extremely effective. After half an hour there was occasional left back Rensch who cashed in on a beautiful solo with a successful one-two with Traoré and a resounding shot.
Once at 2-0, Holstein lost it. Amsterdam attacks followed each other quickly, which resulted in two more hits for the tea. First, Lang was taken down in the sixteen, after which Traoré scored from the spot. Then it was Ekkelenkamp that appeared on the scoreboard by heading the ball into the goal in the rebound.
After the break it took a while for Ajax to get going again, although after fifteen minutes the net was found again. Again it was Ekkelenkamp who managed to score. After good persistence, the midfielder slid the ball past Holstein’s goalkeeper. The minutes after that were used by Van der Gaag to change his team in a few positions. In the break, Lisandro Magallán had already come for Rensch. Between the sixtieth and 75th minutes, Brian Brobbey, Youri Regeer, Neraysho Kasanwirjo and Alex Mendez also entered the lines. They came for Carel Eiting, Kenneth Taylor, Ekkelenkamp and Noussair Mazraoui. The latter had to be replaced due to an injury.
In the final phase of the game, the visitors then gave something back. Quite unnecessarily, the team from Amsterdam took a goal from Janni Serra from a corner, at a time when organization and concentration were lost. Attempts by Ajax to bring the difference back to five afterwards, ended with shots from Lang and earlier also Eiting on the post. The Germans, on the other hand, did manage to score via Fin Bartels, who left Kotarski without a chance after a nimble action in the small space.
However, the victory was never in danger. The seventh of the afternoon turned out to be the last, as a result of which Ajax won the match 5-2. A good general in the run-up to the second exhibition game of the day against Hertha BSC.
Kotarski; Mazraoui (Kasanwirjo 63 ‘), J. Timber, Martínez, Rensch (Magallán 46’); Taylor (Reigns 60 ‘), Eiting (Mendez 74’), Ekkelenkamp (Brobbey 74 ‘); Q. Timber, Traoré, Lang.
Scherpen, Kasanwirjo, Magallán, Mendez, Brobbey and Regeer.
Formazzjoni tat-tim Holstein Kiel:
Reimann, Komenda, Lee, Hanslik, Atanga, Reese, Lorenz, Meffert, Porath, Girth, Hauptmann.
Wissels Holstein Kiel:
Gelios, Arslan, Mühling, Eberwein, van den Bergh, Baku, Lauberbach, Ignjovski, Serra, Neumann, Bartels.
1-0 Lassina Traoré (4 ‘)
2-0 Devyne Rensch (26′)
3-0 Lassina Traoré pen. (35 ‘)
4-0 Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (44 ‘)
5-0 Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (59 ‘)
5-1 Janni Serra (71 ‘)
5-2 Fin Bartels (89 ‘)
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