quarter-finalists Ajax – with 10 men – claimed a significant victory over rivals and are now just two points behind the Eredivisie leaders.

winger David Neres turned and struck a low finish in injury-time to give Ajax a priceless victory and kept the Dutch title race alive.

Ex- midfielder Dusan Tadic had scored the second goal from the penalty spot in the second half, though the decision was not initially awarded by the referee.

Bjorn Kuipers waved play on after Neres was tripped in the box by Daniel Schwaab, but upon consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), looked at the incident on the pitchside monitor before pointing to the spot.

Schwaab’s afternoon had started badly when scoring an own goal, but the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Noussair Mazraoui kicked PSV defender Angelino on the head.

Kuipers had shown a yellow card, but was advised by the VAR to check the decision – whereupon he went to the pitchside monitor, viewed the incident again and overturned his ruling.

From the resulting free-kick, Angelino provided the cross for Luuk de Jong to head in the equaliser, but a depleted Ajax side managed to turn the game around.

Erik ten Hag’s side face champions Juventus at home in the first leg of their an tie on Wednesday, 10 April.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 24OnanaBooked at 90mins
  • 12MazraouiBooked at 57mins
  • 4de Ligt
  • 17Blind
  • 31Tagliafico
  • 20SchöneSubstituted forVeltmanat 59′minutes
  • 6van de BeekSubstituted forMagallánat 86′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forKristensenat 80′minutes
  • 10TadicBooked at 68mins
  • 7NeresBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kristensen
  • 3Veltman
  • 8Sinkgraven
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 16Magallán
  • 19Labyad
  • 25Dolberg
  • 26Lamprou
  • 28Semedo Varela
  • 30de Wit
  • 37Lang

  • 1Zoet
  • 22Dumfries
  • 5Schwaab
  • 4ViergeverSubstituted forSainsburyat 71′minutes
  • 6Angelino
  • 18Rosario
  • 32SadilekBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMalenat 72′minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 8HendrixSubstituted forGakpoat 86′minutes
  • 17Bergwijn
  • 9de Jong
  • 11Lozano

Substitutes

  • 3Behich
  • 7Pereiro
  • 13Room
  • 14Malen
  • 15Obispo
  • 16Rigo
  • 19Gakpo
  • 20Sainsbury
  • 25Gutiérrez
  • 33Teze
  • 41van de Meulenhof
  • 52Ihattaren
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
52,669

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaxAway Team
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajax 3, 1.

Booking

David Neres (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Ajax 3, 1. David Neres (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicolás Tagliafico.

Corner, . Conceded by Nicolás Tagliafico.

David Neres (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

André Onana (Ajax) is shown the yellow card.

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daley Blind (Ajax) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

Daley Blind (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong () header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, . Cody Gakpo replaces Jorrit Hendrix.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Lisandro Magallán replaces Donny van de Beek.

David Neres (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Donny van de Beek (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Rasmus Kristensen replaces Hakim Ziyech.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Jorrit Hendrix.

Attempt blocked. Donny van de Beek (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

Corner, . Conceded by Joël Veltman.

Corner, . Conceded by Nicolás Tagliafico.

Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joël Veltman (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ajax 2, 1. Dusan Tadic (Ajax) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, . Trent Sainsbury replaces Nick Viergever.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay in match (Ajax). Video Review.

Booking

Dusan Tadic (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Ajax. David Neres draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Daniel Schwaab () after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

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