Ajax title hopes badly damaged after 2-3 loss
Ajax saw their title hopes take a knock on Sunday (4th March) as they lost 3-2 at Vitesse in the Eredivisie, a result that leaves them 10 points behind leaders PSV with 8 games to play.
Spurred on by their die-hard fans Vitesse Arnhem have a reputation as giant killers. They beat Feyenoord at home three weeks earlier and after Navarone Foor fired home this thunderbolt they were one-nil up against title chasers Ajax. His second goal of the season - this from 30 yards and goalkeeper Andre Onana had no chance.
Vitesse are looking for a place in the Europa League next season - Ajax needed a win to cut the deficit behind leaders PSV to seven points, but they had themselves to blame for the second - as Bryan Linssen stole the ball and made it 2-0. Poor control from Max Wober and Linssen pounced.
But Ajax did get one back in the 60th minute. Substitute Mateo Cassierra showing great technique with his head. 2-1 Vitesse.
But the home side went 3-1 ahead - again Linssen was the quickest to react, after Onana had fatally hesitated in goal. He had his chance when Guram Kashia headed across goal, but Linssen was first
In an entertaining game Ajax scored a second with five minutes to go - a volley from Siem de Jong, but it was too late - Vitesse grabbing the three points, while Ajax slipped to 10 points behind PSV with eight to play.