PSV Eindhoven has moved five points clear at the top of the Eredivisie after defeating Ajax 3-0 in the Philips Stadion. 

Ajax were dealt a major blow before kick-off with Matthijs de Ligt ruled out through injury. Frenkie de Jong once again started in defence, while Carel Eiting came into midfield. Mark van Bommel named the same eleven that beat ADO Den Haag 7-0 last weekend.

PSV put the Ajax defence under pressure from the start and after Luuk de Jong and Hirving Lozano had missed chances, Gaston Pereiro opened the scoring. Steven Bergwijn’s initial effort was kept out by Andre Onana, but on the rebound, Pereiro put it through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Four minutes later, Lozano caused chaos in the Ajax defence and that allowed Luuk de Jong to get in behind and fire PSV 2-0 in front. Hakim Ziyech and Daley Blind then had attempts for Ajax, but it was 3-0 for PSV in the 34th minute. Bergwijn had a shot kept out but the winger placed the rebound at the feet of Lozano and he tapped in.

Erik ten Hag hooked Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lasse Schone at the break with Kasper Dolberg and Donny van de Beek entering the field. The changes helped Ajax gain some control but it didn’t result in chances.

In the 61st minute, Luuk de Jong went down after an elbow in the chest by Onana but instead of a penalty, the striker was shown a yellow card.

Ryan Gravenberch came off the bench for Ajax to become the club’s youngest ever debutant at 16-years and 130 days, but the midfielder couldn’t inspire his side as PSV comfortably saw out their victory.

Van Bommel’s side maintains their perfect start to the league campaign with six wins out of six, while Ajax are five points adrift after their first loss of the season.




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