New agony Ajax: Napoli proves itself to be a real scourge in Italy too

Ajax has failed to take advantage of the 1-6 in-house debacle against SSC Napoli. At the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Alfred Schreuders team went under again: 4-2.
Schreuder was forced to make two switches in Naples. The suspended Dusan Tadic was replaced by Davy Klaassen. The midfielder took the position of Steven Berghuis, who moved to the right flank. Jorge Sánchez made his starting debut and took the position of injured Devyne Rensch. Although Schreuder mentioned before the start that he expected a response from his team, the opening phase looked suspiciously like the game in the Johan Cruijff Arena.
After just four minutes, the home team got the lead through former PSV
er Hirving Lozano. The Mexican ran away from the back of the Ajax defense and was able to head quite hard after a beautiful bow ball by Piotr Zielinski. It was the starting shot for more, because Ajax was lost in the first twenty minutes. After sixteen minutes, Zielinski doubled the margin. The Polish midfielder cut Blind out and defeated Remko Pasveer in the short corner with a vicious shot.

Here we go again… 🤕 The game is less than 5 minutes and Ajax is already falling behind 😬 It is of all former PSVer Lozano who scores the goal for the Naples team ⚽️ #ZiggoSport #UCL #NAPAJA pic.twitter.com/7R3WixAu6i
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) October 12, 2022

Never before did the Amsterdammers in the Champions League get two hits in the first sixteen minutes. The frustration was noticeable among Schreuders team. Kenneth Taylor and Sánchez, who had a very difficult evening opposite Napoli tastemaker Khvicha Kvaratschelia, went on the receipt. In the first half, Ajax managed to produce shots from Taylor and Mohammed Kudus, although the team did not claim the connection goal.

! Ajax gets out of the locker room and immediately shoots into the connection goal 🔥 Its Klaassen who makes it! ⚽️ #ZiggoSport #UCL #NAPAJA pic.twitter.com/i2oJP6STec
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It fell just after the break. After a good attack over the left, Calvin Bassey found the head of Klaassen, who headed nicely. For a moment, the tension seemed to return to the game, although it was short-lived. At the hour, Napoli received a penalty, after an unfortunate handball by Jurriën Timber. Kvaratschelia knew what to do with the gift from arbitrator Felix Zwayer and hit hard. Victor Osimhen returned from an injury thought he would sprinkle extra salt in Ajaxs wounds ten minutes before, but the Nigerians goal was rejected due to offside.

Sue… 🤕 A Timber handball ensures that Napoli gets a penalty 😬 Kvaradona shoots the ball in tight and Ajax is back to square one: 3-1 ⚽️ #ZiggoSport #UCL #NAPAJA pic.twitter.com/iQxKN3fCi6
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It was not the last goal of the match: after a foul against the invaded Brian Brobbey, Ajax was also awarded a penalty kick. Steven Bergwijn had watched Kvaratschelias penalty and shot him identically over his standing leg. In the final minutes, Ajax turned on, but there was no longer an equaliser. In fact, the final chord fell on the other side. Due to an error of judgment by Blind, Osimhen was able to take Napoli to safe haven.
Due to the defeat in Naples, wintering in the Champions League is far away for Ajax. The Amsterdammers are at three points after four games. Leader Napoli has the full loot with twelve points. Liverpool is in second place with six points, although The Reds still have a game against Rangers FC. That game starts at 9 pm on Ibrox.

Theres the -! 🤩 Ajax also receives a penalty that Steven Bergwijn manages to use by shooting him tight in the top corner 💥📈 #ZiggoSport #UCL #NAPAJX pic.twitter.com/2E3PvZsZoI
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) October 12, 2022