Ajax came from behind to defeat Willem II 3-1 with David Neres and Justin Kluivert playing starring roles.

Its been a turbulent week in Amsterdam with the midweek cup exit to FC Twente resulting in Marcel Keizer being sacked. Erik ten Hag is reportedly set to take charge but on Sunday it was Michael Reiziger on the bench. The interim boss decided to start with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in place of Kasper Dolberg.

Ajax started brightly with Jop van der Linden blocking a goalbound Neres shot in the second minute before Donny van de Beek sent a shot just wide. Despite their dominance and opening goal didn’t come and the hosts were forced into an unwanted substitution with Huntelaar going off injured.

Just before the break, Willem II nearly stunned the hosts but Andre Onana did well to keep out Ismail Azzaoui after the goalkeeper fumbled the ball into the attackers path.

Eight minutes into the second half, Willem II did lead with Fran Sol firing in the opening goal to silence the ArenA. However, Justin Kluivert drew Ajax level ten minutes later with a stunning strike into the top corner after cutting in from the left.

Ajax went looking for the lead which came in the 72nd minute when Neres left van der Linden for dead with some excellent skills before setting up Dolberg to net. Neres then settled the game late on, finishing, from an offside position, after a backheel by Siem de Jong.

Ajax keep themselves five points behind PSV going into the winter break while Willem II are 14th.




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