The final of the KNVB Cup goes between Vitesse and Ajax. The Amsterdammers placed themselves in the Abe Lenstra almost without problems for the final battle of the cup tournament. SC Heerenveen was defeated by 0-3.
Although Heerenveen had been instructed by trainer Johnny Jansen to get into the duels a lot, it hardly came to the ball in the first minutes. The first chance was for Ajax. Dusan Tadic lobbed the ball nicely to Sébastien Haller, who then completed it all at once. At the second chance, it was a hit. Antony perfectly laid the ball on the head of Davy Klaassen who nodded the ball in the far corner.
Not much of the Frisian battle plan had ended up until that moment and although Heerenveen showed itself a bit more with a few menacing moments was also the next big opportunity for Ajax. Antony curled his shot just down the wrong side of the pole. A little later, Klaassen was aiming just over from the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder thought to make the 0-2 with an indenter, but Tadic turned out to have made the goal hands in the run-up to the goal.
After exactly 45 minutes there was a goal attempt by Heerenveen for the first time. Siem de Jong tried to surprise Maarten Stekelenburg with a lobvolley, but the ball pops on the roof of the target. Nevertheless, the only real problem for Ajax in the first half was that Daley Blind was injured, he was replaced in peace by Sean Klaiber.
Although this change changed the rear guard of Ajax in three places, the game image did not change immediately after the tea break. After the release of Erwin Mulder, Klaassen got the opportunity to pull out, but his attempt fell well beyond the empty target. The midfielder also hooked off injured a little later. His replacement Mohammed Kudus received a penalty after a few minutes after a violation of Pawel Bochniewicz. Tadic shot the ball convincingly towards the intersection.
A minute later there was the first big chance for Heerenveen. Mitchel van Bergen escaped the attention of Edson Alvarez, but the winger did not get the ball past Stekelenburg. On the other hand, Haller also shot Erwin Mulder. After that, Ajax remained dominant and a quarter of an hour before it was turned 0-3. Haller extended on substitute David Neres, who entered the ball under the goalkeeper.
Ajax was able to play the game quietly. Erik ten Hag also decided to give some players a rest in view of the full programme in the coming weeks. Sunday FC Groningen is waiting in the Eredivisie.