KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 21, 2019
Sergino Dest continued to perform well for Ajax as his two assists helped the Amsterdamers slip past RKC Waalwijk to keep them atop of the Eredivisie standings.
RKC Waalwijk 1-2 Ajax
A Quincy Promes strike helped Ajax secure a narrow win over RKC Waalwijk at Mandemakers Stadion in a game in which should have been a walk over for the reigning champions.
Dest started the game for the Amsterdamers and played the entire 90 minutes.
Perhaps Ajax were looking ahead in their schedule as they have a big Champions League game against Chelsea in the midweek, as they were taking on a team that sits at the bottom of the Eredivisie standings without a win and only one point from nine games. An easy win should have been on the cards for Ajax.
However, it would be the host that would have their opponents on the defensive just three minutes into the contest when they have the best chance of the scoreless first half.
Clint Leemans free-kick on the edge of the area beat Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, but hit shot came crashing off the bar. A replay showed just how close the ball came to crossing the goal line.
Waalwijk were putting up a good fight, but Ajax would eventually break the scoreless deadlock just seconds into the second half when Dest's cross from the right side found Dusan Tadic at the far post and he would get his right foot on the ball to steer it past goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen.
Ajax should have been in control after scoring, but the host would not give in as they leveled the score in the 63rd minute. Anas Tahiri's shot would take a deflection and fall into the path of Said Bakari, who poked the ball past Onana.
Despite the fight put up by Waalwijk, Ajax would go on to find the game winner in the 76th minute. Dest would seize control of the loose ball, pass it on to Promes and the Dutch forward found his way around a defender to blast his shot into the top corner of the goal.
The win keeps Ajax on top in the standings with 26 points.
Haji Wright started for VVV Venlo as they fell hard to Vitesse in a 4-0 shutout loss.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Joshua Pynadath came off the bench for Jong Ajax as they fell to Jong AZ in a 3-2 loss.
On Monday, both Pynadath and Alexis Medez would come off the bench in Jong Ajax's 4-0 win over Jong Utrecht.
Richard Ledezma and Chris Gloster did not play in Jong PSV's 1-0 loss to NEC, but they both returned to the starting lineup on Monday as they beat Eindhoven by a 2-1 scoreline.