Ajax has finished his preparation with a sounding victory at Premier League club Leeds United. The English were already 3-0 behind for rest and after the expiration of minute ninety there was a 4-0 stand on the signs.
Trainer Erik ten Hag had provided a base spot for newcomers Remko Pasveer and Steven Berghuis and for nineteen-year-old Kenneth Taylor. David Neres and Jurriën Timber were the most notable sofa seaters. After two minutes, Ajax was helped by Luke Ayling‘s ball loss: Davy Klaassen punished it and helped Ajax — as he had done so many times last season — to 1-0.
It turned out to be the start of a dominant first half, in which Ajax went to a 3-0 lead. The second hit came from the push-in Perr Schuurs, who was able to rise all the way up to sixteen meters and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Just before rest, the Frenchman had to fish again, after a pebble hard line by Ryan Gravenberch: 3-0.
After rest, there was plenty of change and Leeds had the chance to return: Patrick Bamford saw a goal being rejected and shot on the pole after just an hour before open goal. Ajax wanted to score an extra goal, raised the pace again in the final phase and was able to make the audience cheered one more time. Danilo returned from FC Twente turned Meslier with a slider from the second line: 4-0.
For Ajax, the season can start now. On Saturday it competes in-house with PSV for the Johan Cruijff Scale, seven days later the first competition match against the promoted NEC will follow.