Ajax came from behind to beat Willem II 3-1 and move to within two points of leaders PSV Eindhoven. 

Marcel Keizer decided to give Amin Younes a rest with Kasper Dolberg coming into the starting eleven. The Dane got the first big chance of the game but sent his header wide of the goal.

Before the break, Willem II goalkeeper Mattijs Branderhorst kept out efforts from Matthijs de Ligt and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who also hit the woodwork.

Early in the second half, the hosts, who showed their support to Fran Sol, who had surgery to remove a tumour this week, were awarded a penalty when Lasse Schone pulled down Thom Haye. Etien Velikonja sent Andre Onana the wrong way from the spot to give Willem II the lead.

Keizer threw on Daley Sinkgraven and Siem de Jong to add more to his side’s attack, but it was Willem II who created the next big opportunity, with Onana having to turn away an Ismail Azzaoui effort.

In the 70th minute, Ajax drew level through Schone, who made up for giving away a penalty by hammering a strike past Branderhorst after Ziyech’s shot was blocked. Ten minutes later, Huntelaar set up De Jong to guide the ball into the net and give Ajax the lead.

David Neres then added a third late in the game from close range after Huntelaar’s initial effort was saved. The win keeps Ajax within touching distance of PSV, while Willem II are 15th.




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