Ajax were far from their best but two second half goals ensured they came away from Kerkrade with all three points.

Roda JC made nine new summer signings but only one started the game on Sunday with Yannis Anastasiou sticking with most of the players who hammered Excelsior last week. That decision was justified as Roda JC created the better chances in the first half which luckily ended goalless for a lacklustre Ajax.

The second period started much like the first but after Mitchell Paulissen passed up a great chance Ajax punished them. Hakim Ziyech’s cross was chested into the path of Davy Klaassen by Kasper Dolberg and the Ajax captain finished calmly to break the deadlock.

The goal didn’t stop Roda JC from creating chances and Abdul Ajagun really should have equalised, but when face to face with Andre Onana on two separate occasions the midfielder inexplicably shot wide.

Eventually, in extra time Ajax sealed their victory through Amin Younes who finally scored his first goal of the season after capitalising on Roda JC’s careless defending.

Ajax remain five points behind Feyenoord at the top while Roda JC sit 2nd bottom.

Watch highlights of the game below!




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