Dutch Eredivisie
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FC Emmen 2-5 Ajax: 33-time winners end 1,060-day wait to go top of Eredivisie

Ajax ended a 1060 day wait to return to the top of the Eredivisie table with a thumping victory over FC Emmen.

The 33-time winners opened up a 5-0 lead within an hour with goals by Donny van de Beek, Daley Blind, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and two from David Neres.

Emmen pulled two back through a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal and a late strike by Jafar Arias.

Victory sees Ajax move one point ahead of second-placed PSV Eindhoven, who they beat 3-1 on Sunday.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has already led the club to the Champions League quarter-final in his first full season in charge, following victory over defending champions Real Madrid in the last-16.

The Dutch giants host Juventus in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on 10 April, and they remain on course for a first league title since 2014 - although PSV have one game in hand.

Line-ups

FC Emmen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Scherpen
  • 23Bijl
  • 33KuipersBooked at 50mins
  • 4Bakker
  • 22Cavlan
  • 10BanninkBooked at 28minsSubstituted forBosat 73'minutes
  • 20Chacón
  • 6JansenSubstituted forBen Moussaat 57'minutes
  • 15de LeeuwSubstituted forNiemeijerat 78'minutes
  • 17Slagveer
  • 25Arias

Substitutes

  • 1van der Vlag
  • 2Gronsveld
  • 3Siekman
  • 8Ben Moussa
  • 11Niemeijer
  • 13Veendorp
  • 26Telgenkamp
  • 30Bos
  • 32de Vos
  • 44Lukic
  • 99Braken

Ajax

Formation 4-3-3

  • 24Onana
  • 2KristensenBooked at 24mins
  • 4de Ligt
  • 17BlindSubstituted forVeltmanat 56'minutes
  • 31Tagliafico
  • 20SchöneSubstituted forDolbergat 69'minutes
  • 6van de Beek
  • 21de Jong
  • 7Neres
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 10TadicSubstituted forLangat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Veltman
  • 8Sinkgraven
  • 16Magallán
  • 19Labyad
  • 22Ziyech
  • 25Dolberg
  • 26Lamprou
  • 28Semedo Varela
  • 30de Wit
  • 37Lang
Referee:
Siemen Mulder
Attendance:
8,301

Match Stats

Home TeamFC EmmenAway TeamAjax
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Emmen 2, Ajax 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Emmen 2, Ajax 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Noa Lang (Ajax) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kasper Dolberg.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kasper Dolberg (Ajax).

  5. Post update

    Nick Bakker (FC Emmen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Glenn Bijl (FC Emmen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Caner Cavlan.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caner Cavlan (FC Emmen) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! FC Emmen 2, Ajax 5. Jafar Arias (FC Emmen) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Glenn Bijl.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caner Cavlan (FC Emmen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Glenn Bijl.

  10. Post update

    Noa Lang (Ajax) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Bijl (FC Emmen).

  12. Post update

    Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Hilal Ben Moussa (FC Emmen).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Noa Lang with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Luciano Slagveer.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Noa Lang (Ajax) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Donny van de Beek (Ajax) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joël Veltman.

  18. Post update

    Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Luciano Slagveer (FC Emmen).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Emmen. Reuven Niemeijer replaces Michael de Leeuw.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

  • FC EmmenFC Emmen2AjaxAjax5
  • VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo2FC UtrechtFC Utrecht6
  • ExcelsiorExcelsior1NAC BredaNAC Breda2
  • Fortuna SittardFortuna Sittard0ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag0

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax28222496257168
2PSV Eindhoven27214280196167
3AZ Alkmaar28156755322351
4Feyenoord27145857362147
5FC Utrecht28137854381646
6Vitesse28119852411142
7Heracles Almelo28133125155-442
8Willem II28124125055-540
9FC Groningen28115123235-338
10sc Heerenveen279995759-236
11VVV-Venlo2896133551-1633
12PEC Zwolle2795133341-832
13ADO Den Haag2879123855-1730
14Fortuna Sittard2886144564-1930
15Excelsior2875163362-2926
16De Graafschap2874173258-2625
17FC Emmen2867153268-3625
18NAC Breda2856172664-3821
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