Ajax has followed PSV Eindhoven out of the Europa League after a 3-1 loss against Union Berlin.

With the first leg ending 0-0 last week, Ajax headed to Germany looking to win and they started the game brightly. However, in the 18th minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty when the ball hit Calvin Bassey’s arm in the box. Rulli almost saved Robin Knoche’s penalty kick but it just crept in to make it 1-0.

Rulli was not at fault for the first goal but he made a massive error before the break as Josip Juranovic’s strike slipped under his arm to make it 2-0 for the hosts.

Just after the break, Steven Bergwijn crossed for Mohammed Kudus to make it 2-1 but any joy was short-lived as Danilho Doekhi headed Union Berlin 3-1 in front. The Dutch centre-back came through the Ajax academy and came back to haunt his former side.

Brian Brobbey and Lorenzo Lucca were brought on but the better chances before the end fell for the German side and Rulli had to prevent the score from getting worse.

Ajax are now out of Europe and will need to concentrate on the league title.

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