Vitesse struck in the final minute to beat Ajax 1-0 and lift them up to the top of the table after a great performance in the Amsterdam Arena.

  • By Michael Bell
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qazThe first real chance of the game fell to the visitors as Mike Havenaar saw his shot from six yards saved on the line by Christian Poulsen after a swift counter attack.

Ajax came into the game the longer the first half went on, and they had two good chances to open the scoring. After a number of passes, Thulani Serero chipped the ball forward for Viktor Fischer, but the winger could only volley wide. Then just before the break, the ball broke to left back Daley Blind in the box, but on his weaker right foot he could only fire well wide.

At the start of the second half, Jasper Cillessen was forced into a great save to deny Renato Ibarra one on one as Vitesse threatened to take the lead.

On the hour mark, Ajax came inches away from taking the lead when Viktor Fischer’s free kick was headed just wide of his own net by Kashia.

With ten minutes left Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot squirmed under Piet Velthuizen’s hand, but the Vitesse keeper recovered to pounce on it before it crossed the line.

In the final minute of normal time, Siem de Jong saw his header brilliantly saved by Velthuizen. Straight down the other end, Boilesen gave the ball away to Qazaishvili, and the midfielder fired the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Ajax nearly equalised in stoppage time, but Lasse Schone’s free-kick struck the side of the post, and went to safety.

Another fantastic victory for Vitesse, which raises them to the top of the table, while Ajax’s indifferent campaign continues, with Celtic visiting on Wednesday.

Ajax were once again disappointing going forward, and Frank de Boer needs to get his forwards scoring again if they are to retain their title.

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