Brilliant Ajax Report

Ajax has a great start in the Champions League. After the victories at Sporting Portugal and Besiktas, Borussia Dortmund won 4-0 with large figures: 4-0. FootbalPrimeur reports after a memorable evening at the Johan Cruijff Arena.
Remko Pasveer — 9: Seemed to be facing a busy evening against Dortmund‘s top attackers, but had it remarkably quiet in the first half. Distinguished himself in the second half with two feline rescues on shots from Haaland and kept his team going great.
Noussair Mazraoui — 8: Played as we know him: the right back of Ajax was constantly looking for the free spaces on half of Dortmund and even got close to a goal several times. That he didn’
t get an assist after his name can be called a little miracle.
Jurriën Timber — 8: Together with Martínez responsible for stopping Haaland. Because of his good positioning, he barely got into trouble and he occasionally showed that he had a great technique. Rescued himself from the necessary situations by staying very calm at the ball.
Lisandro Martínez — 8.5: The Argentine is known for playing with the knife between the teeth and Haaland has noticed that. Martínez didn‘t seem impressed by the Norwegian for a moment. At the end of the match, he went to the Dortmund striker once more at a 4-0 stand-in: typical Martínez.
Daley Blind — 8.5: One of the big stars at Ajax. Dortmund left Blind space to the ball and the German team knew that. Where the left-back first found Kobel in his path, it was a hit on his second attempt. Blind scared the Dortmund goalkeeper with a delightful shot with outside left. Delivered the assist with Haller’
s 4-0.
Edson Álvarez — 8: The well-known lock on the door at Ajax in European competitions. Did what he had to do, even if the Mexican had to pull the emergency brake once when Malen turned away from him. It cost him a yellow card. In the second half he seemed to prevent a certain Dortmund goal by getting rid of just before the goal and kept getting in the way of Dortmund players. Great match.
Ryan Gravenberch — 7: Dropped stings in the early stages of the game. His first assumption in particular was a bit unfortunate, but it says enough that we expect a lot from the newly nineteen year old Ajax midfielder in this type of competition. Shot a free kick to the pole just before rest with a lot of feeling and resisted the necessary useful meters.
Steven Berghuis — 8.5: Preferred over ‘Mister 1-0’ Klaassen and showed why he earned his place in the base. Antony soon put Antony alone in front of the goalkeeper and came to the Dortmund goal a number of times. Constantly kept opponents busy with his good running actions.
Antony — 8.5: Ajax‘s Brazilian wing flash gave his immediate opponent Nico Schultz a terrible evening at the Arena. In the second half he had to deal with Emre Can, but he also played it crazy. It will further fuel the interest of the top European clubs.
Sébastien Haller — 9: Received the necessary criticism in his first Ajax period, but this Champions League campaign shows why Ten Hag gives him the confidence. Was barely caught on a mistake and allowed teammates to excel because of his strength. Delivered a point assist with the 2-0 of Blind and Antony’
s 3-0 and took care of the 4-0 himself.
Dusan Tadic — 8.5: Ajax captain wasn‘t worth gold in Europe for the first time. His sharply cut free-kick was headlined by Reus in his own purpose and with his cleverness the Serbian regularly outsmarted Dortmund defence. Was constantly running between the lines and Dortmund players had a lot of trouble with that.
Invaders
Davy Klaassen — 6.5: Arrived within the lines after 68 minutes of play and cleverly captured the ball prior to Haller’
s 4-0. Furthermore, too little time to stand out.
David Neres — x: Played too short for a review.
Devyne Rensch — x: Played too short for a review.
Mohamed Daramy — x: Played too short for a review.
Trainer
Erik ten Hag — 8.5: Chose to keep Klaassen on the bench and give Berghuis the confidence. That turned out great: Berghuis created a lot of threat and Ajax stood great against a defenseless Dortmund. Not the least opponent.
(Gijs Groeneveld/Footballscoop)