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De Graafschap 1-4 Ajax: Ajax win to secure double

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Ajax are the first Dutch team to win 43 competitive games in a season

Ajax capped a memorable season with their first league title since 2014 as a 4-1 final-day win at De Graafschap secured a domestic double.

Erik ten Hag's side - who came so close to a place in the Champions League final - needed just a point to win their 34th title.

First-half goals from Lasse Schone and Nicolas Tagliafico ensured that the title was added to their Dutch Cup win.

Dusan Tadic then scored twice - goals in an 11th consecutive league game.

Youssef el Jebli had briefly equalised for the hosts, whose season is not over yet - they go into the relegation play-offs to try and stay in the Eredivisie.

Ajax were again outstanding for long periods in the final appearance for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who agreed to sign for Barcelona for £65m in January, while captain Matthijs de Ligt is one of several other brilliant young stars who are also expected to leave this summer.

Ajax fans
Confident? Ajax were all-but champions before the game and their fans celebrated with mock trophies throughout

Ajax only missed out on a place in the Champions League final thanks to a stunning last-minute goal from Tottenham's Lucas Moura and Ten Hag may now have a reluctant, if lucrative, rebuilding job on his hands.

Tadic and De Jong both went close early on at the end of typically fluent moves before Schone opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick from 22 yards.

The hosts responded when El Jebli got the wrong side of De Ligt and fired in at the near post.

But Hakim Ziyech then danced into the area and put a goal on a plate for left-back Tagliafico to regain the lead, and when De Jong won a second-half penalty with a brilliant driving run, former Southampton man Tadic fired in his 37th goal of an unforgettable campaign.

The best was yet to come - Tadic lashing in from a tight angle with a thumping late shot.

Line-ups

De Graafschap

  • 12Bertrams
  • 44Owusu
  • 2Straalman
  • 4Nieuwpoort
  • 5Tutuarima
  • 8Vet
  • 21MatusiwaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forOlijveat 73'minutes
  • 20El Jebli
  • 11van MieghemSubstituted forBurgzorgat 68'minutes
  • 22Serrarens
  • 9BahouiSubstituted forNijlandat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jurjus
  • 6Klaasen
  • 10Nijland
  • 13Rondeel
  • 23Nieuwpoort
  • 25Burgzorg
  • 28Olijve
  • 35Benschop

Ajax

  • 24Onana
  • 12MazraouiSubstituted forKristensenat 59'minutes
  • 4de Ligt
  • 17Blind
  • 31Tagliafico
  • 20SchöneSubstituted forDolbergat 63'minutes
  • 6van de BeekSubstituted forde Witat 78'minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 22Ziyech
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 10Tadic

Substitutes

  • 2Kristensen
  • 3Veltman
  • 7Neres
  • 8Sinkgraven
  • 16Magallán
  • 19Labyad
  • 25Dolberg
  • 26Lamprou
  • 28Semedo Varela
  • 30de Wit
  • 37Lang
  • 40Ekkelenkamp
Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Attendance:
12,600

Match Stats

Home TeamDe GraafschapAway TeamAjax
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, De Graafschap 1, Ajax 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, De Graafschap 1, Ajax 4.

Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Dani de Wit (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Youssef El Jebli (De Graafschap).

Goal!

Goal! De Graafschap 1, Ajax 4. Dusan Tadic (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Foul by Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax).

Delano Burgzorg (De Graafschap) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Ajax. Frenkie de Jong tries a through ball, but Dani de Wit is caught offside.

Daley Blind (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Delano Burgzorg (De Graafschap).

Attempt blocked. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kasper Dolberg.

Attempt blocked. Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani de Wit.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Lars Nieuwpoort.

Substitution

Substitution, De Graafschap. Stef Nijland replaces Nabil Bahoui.

Corner, De Graafschap. Conceded by Nicolás Tagliafico.

Attempt blocked. Youssef El Jebli (De Graafschap) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Dani de Wit replaces Donny van de Beek.

Foul by Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax).

Youssef El Jebli (De Graafschap) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Delano Burgzorg (De Graafschap) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Serrarens.

Substitution

Substitution, De Graafschap. Frank Olijve replaces Azor Matusiwa because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Azor Matusiwa (De Graafschap).

Attempt missed. Javier Vet (De Graafschap) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Youssef El Jebli with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, De Graafschap. Delano Burgzorg replaces Daryl van Mieghem.

Goal!

Goal! De Graafschap 1, Ajax 3. Dusan Tadic (Ajax) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Azor Matusiwa (De Graafschap) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Ajax. Frenkie de Jong draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Azor Matusiwa (De Graafschap) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Kasper Dolberg replaces Lasse Schöne.

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nabil Bahoui (De Graafschap).

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Leeroy Owusu.

Foul by Rasmus Kristensen (Ajax).

Lars Nieuwpoort (De Graafschap) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lasse Schöne (Ajax).

Daryl van Mieghem (De Graafschap) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 15th May 2019

  • De GraafschapDe Graafschap1AjaxAjax4
  • ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag6Willem IIWillem II2
  • ExcelsiorExcelsior4AZ AlkmaarAZ Alkmaar2
  • FC EmmenFC Emmen1FC GroningenFC Groningen0
  • FC UtrechtFC Utrecht3sc Heerenveensc Heerenveen1
  • Fortuna SittardFortuna Sittard1FeyenoordFeyenoord4
  • NAC BredaNAC Breda0PEC ZwollePEC Zwolle0
  • PSV EindhovenPSV Eindhoven3Heracles AlmeloHeracles Almelo1
  • VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo1VitesseVitesse3

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax342824119328786
2PSV Eindhoven34265398267283
3Feyenoord34205975413465
4AZ Alkmaar341771064432158
5Vitesse341411970511953
6FC Utrecht34158116051953
7Heracles Almelo34153166168-748
8FC Groningen34136153941-245
9ADO Den Haag34129135863-545
10Willem II34135165872-1444
11sc Heerenveen341011136473-941
12VVV-Venlo34118154763-1641
13PEC Zwolle34116174457-1339
14FC Emmen34108164172-3138
15Fortuna Sittard3497185080-3034
16Excelsior3496194679-3333
17De Graafschap3485213875-3729
18NAC Breda3458212974-4523
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