Sébastien Haller took only seven minutes for his first hit in Amsterdam service with his basic debut for Ajax. His early goal against FC Twente seemed worth gold, but in the final phase Julio made Pleguezuelo equal. The newly invaded Klaas-Jan Huntelaar got the lead with two goals: 1-3.
Haller, for no less than 22.5 million euros taken over from West Ham United, fell against PSV last Sunday, but was used this time by trainer Erik ten Hag from the start. The Frenchman immediately handed off his business card and in the early stages he made a first move from the right of Antony.
Twente had received the first chance of the race a few minutes before that via Vaclav Cerny. The Czech put André Onana to work with a difficult shot, injured and fell out.
In the sequel of the entertaining first half, both teams were given numerous possibilities. On behalf of Ajax, with Jurriën Timber at the back of Perr Schuurs, Quincy Promes, Dusan Tadic (up to two times) and Antony were close to a goal. On the other hand, Jayden Oosterwolde, Godfried Rumeratoe, Queensy Menig and Ajax mercenary Danilo founded danger.
Shortly after rest, the ball was in the net behind Onana. Ex-Ajacied Menig shook off Noussair Mazraoui in a sprint duel and passed the Cameroon. However, the 1-1 was cancelled due to offside intervention by the VAR. Many, on 5 December in Amsterdam twice more accurate (1-2 victory), were so deprived of a new moment of jubilation.
Ajax could then have pulled the duel in Enschede all the way to himself. Promes failed at Hallers indication and blasted the ball over the goal of Joël Drommel. Haller headed, this time from a front of Tadic, but just next to.
Twente trainer Ron Jans spent three bills at the same time halfway through the second half, after Oosterwolde had previously reported himself in the infirmary just like Cerny with a sustained injury. At Ajax Schuurs replaced the injured Timber.
A desired effect for Twente seemed to be left out after the personnel changes. Until defender Julio Pleguezuelo struck out of a corner. The newly invaded Huntelaar, coveted by Schalke 04, still gave Ajax the victory with two hits.
Check out the reactions of Huntelaar, Ten Hag, Ron Jans and Kik Pierie below: