Ajax have the first silverware of the Dutch football season after defeating PSV Eindhoven 2-0 to take the Johan Cruijff Schaal.

After their 3-2 win over Basel in midweek, Mark van Bommel made four changes. Sam Lammers, Jorrit Hendrix, Olivier Boscagli and Cody Gakpo came into the line-up for Hirving Lozano, Donyell Malen, Nick Viergever and Erick Gutierrez.

Erik ten Hag handed official debuts to Sergino Dest, Lisandro Martínez, Quincy Promes and Razvan Marin, Perr Schuurs started in defence, while Kasper Dolberg was up front.

After only 35 seconds, Ajax took the lead with a fine team move ending with Donny van de Beek squaring the ball for Dolberg to fire past Jeroen Zoet.

Dolberg almost made it 2-0 shortly afterwards but shot just wide after being played in on goal. At the other end, Sam Lammers came closest to an equaliser with a header wide.

Hendrix was lucky to stay on the pitch after a rash challenge while he was already on a yellow. He got off with a warning from referee Dennis Higler but was brought off at the break by van Bommel along with Bruma as Malen and Gutierrez appeared for the second half.

In the 53rd minute, Ajax doubled their lead when Daley Blind fired into top corner from the edge of the area. PSV were furious due to a foul on Boscagli in the build up. However, Higler consulted VAR and despite what seemed like a clear elbow on the PSV defender, the goal was given.

Van Bommel then swapped Bergwijn for Lozano but an injury to Lammers then left PSV playing the last 20 minutes with only ten men.

Ajax comfortably saw out the remaining minutes to seal their first Johan Cruijff Schaal since 2013. PSV must now prepare for Tuesday’s second leg against Basel in Switzerland.




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