Ajax goes to war with Valencia in a foul and yellow card fest, to win 0-3 at the Estadio de Mestalla.
The win keeps Ajax’s 100% record in the UEFA Champions League so far this season intact.
There were plenty of questions marks over Ajax’s credentials this season, having sold both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt over the summer.
It appears that it is business as usual for the team from Amsterdam.
The first five minutes, saw both sides exchange some glancing blows, with timid efforts that failed to find the back of the net.
But in the eighth minute, the Dutch champions broke the deadlock.
Hakim Ziyech was supplied the ball by Dusan Tadic.
Ziyech took a left-footed shot from outside the box. the ball flew into the top left corner of the goal.
8 Minutes on the clock, Valencia 0 -1 Ajax.
Valencia tried to get back in the game, with shots from distance by Wass and Moreno.
The game threatened to turn into a brawl, as fouls were committed left and right. The game actually saw nine yellow cards issued.
The 23rd minute saw valencia given a glorious opportunity to even the score. Alvarez of Ajax fouled Gonçalo Guedes of Valencia.
The referee pointed to the spot, two minutes later VAR confirmed it and up stepped Daniel Parejo.
Only for Parejo to waste the chance, firing the ball high and wide of the goal.
The full-blooded challenges continued to fly in from both sides, but goal-scoring opportunities were limited.
It appeared on the half-hour mark, that if anyone was going to score, it would be the home side, as they pressed hard for an equaliser.
But in the 34th minute, Donny van de Beek picked out Quincy Promes in the centre of the box. Promes took a right-footed shot, putting the ball straight down the centre of the goal.
Valencia 0 – 2 Ajax.
Ajax seized the momentum and saw out the first half the stronger of the two teams.
Halftime: Valencia 0 -2 Ajax.
Perhaps Valencia’s best chance of a goal came just two minutes after the restart.
Ferran Torres’s deflected shot was saved by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. He tipped the ball at full stretch around the side of the upright.
The pace of the game seemed to slow in the second half, but the tackles kept on flying in. There were few clear cut chances for either side.
The 67th minute though saw Ajax secure all three points. Again Dusan Tadic was the provider, but this Donny van de Beek got himself a goal.
A great right-footed shot, far away from the keeper into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
The game offered little more from that point on, other than a feast of fouls and yellow cards.
Fulltime: Valencia 0 -3 Ajax.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) October 2, 2019