Ajax is Wednesday escaped elimination in the eighth finals of the TOTO KNVB-cup. Ajax won only after penalty shoot-out on a visit to Eerstedivisionist Roda JC: 2-4.
André Onana was the big man at Ajax. The goalkeeper was right for the time, specially for the penalty shootout inserted and stopped the efforts of Mitchell Paulissen and saw Mario English about shooting.
Ajax placed itself thus for the first time in three years for the quarter-finals. The achttienvoudig winner ended the past two years, at successively SC Cambuur and FC Twente, in the eighth finals.
Ajax is after Willem II (3-0 against AFC), FC Twente (2-1 against RKC Waalwijk, the netherlands), AZ (5-0 against PEC Zwolle), sc Heerenveen (1-3 against ODIN’59) and Fortuna Sittard (2-1 against SC Cambuur) the sixth kwartfinalist.
Thursday at the races Cossacks Boys-Vitesse (18.30) and Feyenoord-FC Utrecht (20.45 hours) the last two tickets distributed.
Ajax starts with aging B-team
Ajax started with a bonified B-team on the take with Roda. Kostas Lamprou, Rasmus Kristensen, perret neighbour Schuurs, Maximilian Wöber, Carel Eiting, Zakaria Labyad, David Neres and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar got a rise.
It was the game of the visitors are definitely not very good. There was a far too low tempo played, so there is hardly any chances were created.
However, Ajax in the thirteenth minute lead thanks to a easy given penalty kick. Dusan Tadic if after a seemingly innocent duel between Huntelaar and Richard Jensen from eleven meters the boat and did not fail.
Ajax seemed then to be able to print, but had the bad luck that referee Serdar Gözübüyük the ball again on the dot is put after a duikeling of English, then Paulissen cold-blooded touch shot.
Ajax totally confused
Ajax was from that moment completely confused. The sloppy passes, particularly Frenkie de Jong grossierde in losing the ball – would all pile up, making Roda hope should keep on a stunt.
Trainer Erik ten Hag to put The Lies and Kasper Dolberg to an extension to avoid, but opportunities remained the whole time, so there is a renewal only.
It was Roda surprisingly, the most dangerous team. English was at the last moment gagged by The Young and Livio Milts came after a good individual action from up close on Lamprou.
Penalty shoot-out eventually had to bring the decision and in that series, according to the ABBA system was Onana so the celebrated man, who was the miss of The Is Ajax, not fatal.