The European adventure comes to an abrupt haltBy: Mohamed | March 17th, 2011
In the end Ajax lost 3-0. 4-0 on aggregate. Both the score line in both legs didnâ€™t paint the full picture. Ajax was unlucky in the first leg, and more so in front of goal in the second. But thatâ€™s not to take anything away from Spartak Moscow, who were clinical at home and took their opportunity in Amsterdam.
In the Moscow game Ajax started slowly, which immediately put them on the back foot, an uncharacteristic error by Jan Vertonghen led to the Spartak opener â€“ scored by Dmitri Kombarov.
The second was courtesy of a fierce counter after Sulejmani was robbed in possession, Welliton the thankful recipient. And the third was unstoppable, well unless youâ€™re not the absent Maarten Stekelenburg; Alexâ€™s exquisite proving too much for third choice keeper Jeroen Verhoevan.
Where does Ajax go on from here, well for starters no need to panic in any way or be knee-jerk all of a sudden; Frank de Boer is months into his tenure, which promises to be bright but could get difficult all of a sudden if more key experienced players leave in the summer.
The squad/team is generally young; we know that, full of promising players including Lorenzo Ebecilio, Araz Ã–zbiliz, Daley Blind, Christian Eriksen etc Ebecilio for example has only recently nailed down a first team spot and is still learning his trade on such a big stage.
The two games against Spartak should be used as a learning curve, you can learn a lot from victory but even more from defeat. There are plenty of positives to take from the European games played under De Boer, letâ€™s not lose sight of that.
One thing that is imperative is, if the promise is to turn into riches then itâ€™s vital the squad stays together but we know that will be unlikely. It seems the vicious cycle that has dogged Ajax will rear its ugly head this summer.
As for now thereâ€™s a domestic double still up for grabs, important the defeat is quickly forgotten as the season is far from over.
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