Discussion in 'The Netherlands' started by Orange14, May 24, 2021.
Ajax are off to a smoking start!!!
EDIT: maybe an own goal?
Where are all you Blind haters now???
for f_ck sakes, thats a penalty on Haller!!!!
Really good first half but I thought Haaland would surely score at the end of the half. Defense if doing well to prevent the passes to Haaland. Gravenberch had two good chances but didn't convert either one. Ajax just need to stay focused in the second half and continue to pressure Dortmund. I did think the YC on Alavarez was really light. EtH may want to sub him off later in the match if the score stays the same.
Yeah, why wasn’t that a penalty?
shame it’s not about 4-0. Worried that might come back to bite in the second half. Incredible first half, though!
Also, not loving the yellow on Alvarez
Thats how dangerous he is, he just needs one chance
Total domination now!!!!
Now put Neres in for the last 20' and see if we can get 4-0
Thank you Emre Can
Now lets go for 5-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yellow for a fake handball against Timber. Might be costly later in the tournament. Completely wrong call.
Spanish referee very poor.
How about Pasveer?! Seemed like such a liability coming in and he came up huge!
Unfortunately this is a recurring thing, and the appointment of referees to matches is not based on merit.
And the yellow on Alvarez was a little soft and his first foul. I’m worried about both of those yellows. But still… 4-0. What. An. Evening!!
What a great night of football in Amsterdam. All credit to the players and EtH for getting everything right. I was surprised how sloppy Dortmund were on the ball. Ajax pressure had something to do with that. Haaland was neutralized for the most part and Pasveer had two very nice saves on the striker's shot. The MF was outstanding controlling all the play and the forward line did well in tight spaces. This could have very well been 7-0 for Ajax with a little better finishing. Undefeated in group play for the first three matches since the van Gaal teams of the 90s. Three more points should send Ajax through to the knock out stage.
Pasveer (8) - MOTM for me with his fine saves and very good kicking, he always moved to the right position for a back pass
Blind (8) - well taken goal and super assist on the Haller goal, defended well when he needed to
Martinez (7.5) - helped contain Haaland and his positioning was superb
Timber (7.5) - so good on the ball, lost his position only one time that I saw
Mazraoui (8) - constantly dangerous either on the overlap or the inside run
Alvarez (7.5) - some great interventions and a rather weak YC in the first half was the only blemish
Gravenberch (7.5) - really fine match with some very good passing and had three decent chances on goal
Berghuis (7) - good on the ball
Tadic (7.5) - good free kick led to the own goal to open the scoring which also proved to be the game winner
Haller (7.5) - had some very good moments and was hauled down a couple of times that could have been whistled
Antony (7.5) - Dortmund could not contain him and his goal was wonderful
Klaassen (6.5) - solid play coming in for Berghuis
Neres (6.5) - some sparkling play in relief of Antony
Daramy (NR) - on late
Rensch (NR) - on late
Return match in Dortmund in two weeks. I think Dortmund will look for revenge.
totally agreed about Pasveer as MOTM. That save before the half kept the trajectory of the match from changing, let alone the others.
Pasveer was great. My MOTM too. Good off the ball and in possession.
Always unpredictable whether a goalkeeper can do this at a higher level.
4-0 is the largest European defeat ever for Dortmund (in normal time).
Especially enjoyable is that this is against the Rose/Maric self anointed geniuses.
@Brilliant Dutch - OK, you have reached your limit of YouTube posts today!!!
Come on now, we just roasted Dortmund!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EDIT: okay so I deleted Rieu because I know you hate him
Very good performance by Ajax! Let’s hope they can do this consistently and go far in CL.
Dirtmund werent even in this game.
Not even close
First of all Ajax deservely won as things fell in right place and in the right way for them.
Dortmund started with Three strikers. Malen, haaland and Reus and none tracked back. There is where Ajax consistently opened them on the flanks. Reus and Malen instead of going out were drifting in while inviting the fullbacks to overlap. With fullbacks playing a highline, tadic and Antony were always free waiting to pounce on the counters.
This is another reason why Blind and Mazzouri had the luxury of going forward. There was on so many occasions where you could see Malen jogging back in the background with Ajax running riot on the flanks. Even on the right Meunier had to keep track of Tadic and with Reus not tracking back, gave room for Blind to join the party as well.
The midfield I would give to Dortmund. This was their stronghold Jude Bellingham was was their best player by all means pulling the strings from the middle but was just not enough. Again with both malen and Reus drifting in.
Gravenberch was good offensively, had 2 0r 3 clean shots on target. Dortmund goalie came up with good saved as well. On the other side Pasveer as well on Haaland.Alvarez did well also breaking down the play and disrupting Dortmund movement from the MF.
Berghuis, my eyes was glued on him and again like I always say not high intensity game guy. Took him 28 minutes to really come into spolight with first major intervention springing a shot wide from close range. Other wise was was just running, waiting for passes to link up. rightly subbed for klaassen.
For Dortmund when you have striker of Haalands calibre and he has only 2-3 shots on the target in the whole match , then something is wrong in the team. Like I said if malen and Reus would have drifted out stretching the defense, things could have being different. Malen is simply not the answer to sancho
Not to mention of ajax front line here as well, they are world class in their own rights and thats where the teams will have to match them if they want to win and its high likely it will be the knock out stages.
Thing need to be said where it needs to be.Blind has being active in Ajax for the last 3-4 seasons playing at CL level. But still his performance fluctuates with the quality of the oponents.you can always argue that Dortmund is a quality team but when you look at the game itself, with Meunier on side and Reus drfting in. Conditions were favourable for him going forward free flow and he he always thrives in these types of conditions or games. Dont have to remain what happens when its not.