The first prize of the season is for PSV. The cup winner was in a real spectacle on Saturday night with 3-5 (!) too strong for national champion Ajax. Guus Til was the big man with a hat-trick.
For the tenth time in history, Ajax and PSV faced each other in the battle for the Johan Cruijff Scale. The last time culminated in a resounding victory for the people of Eindhoven, who won 4-0 in the lion‘s den.
That scenario was not followed this time: after fifteen minutes, Steven Bergwijn opened the score. The record purchase of Ajax, which came over from Tottenham Hotspur, got a lot of space to enter and the ball curled nicely in the far corner: 1-0.
Ajax was better, but as the first half progressed, PSV came into play better and better. After more than half an hour, that resulted in the equaliser: Guus Til hit the mark of Cody Gakpo. That same Gakpo then touched the outside of the pole with a shot.
After a number of upheavals, PSV goalkeeper Walter Benítez saved his team from a hit by Kenneth Taylor. That turned out to be worth its weight in gold, because the people of Eindhoven got the lead for the first time immediately afterwards. The recipe was the same: Gakpo served Til. Ajax was lucky to finish the first half with eleven players, because Edson Álvarez escaped red after an elbow against Til’s skull.
Eight minutes after the break it became even again: Antony scored after a counter from the book, Wijndal delivered his second assist of the evening. It turned out to be the prelude to a very spectacular phase with three goals in six minutes.
First it was Gakpo’s turn: PSV‘s seasoning walked into a rebound after a showy blunder by goalkeeper Jay Gorter, who grabbed after a long shot by Armando Obispo. For a few minutes, Til drew with a change of direction shot for the 2-4 and his hat-trick.
That was not done yet, because substitute Mohammed Kudus took care of the 3-4 in the Johan Cruijff Arena with a piece of art. However, after the red card for debutant Calvin Bassey, who continued hard on Ismael Saibari’s ankle, Ajax breathed its last breath. Xavi Simons decided the game in injury time, which lasted nine minutes: 3-5.