In Forever Ajacied, we take a weekly look at the performances of former Ajax players around the globe.
Hedwiges Maduro and Danny Hoesen both spent Groningen’s 2-0 win over Alkmaar on the bench. Ex-Ajacieden were heavily featured in PEC Zwolle’s 2-0 win over Excelsior, as Queensy Menig scored once and Mickey van der Hart kept a clean sheet despite facing 5 shots on goal.
Dico Koppers came on as a halftime substitute for Willem II, but was unable to help them avoid a narrow 0-1 defeat, caused by Sebastian Haller’s injury time strike. Sam Hendriks also came on at half time for Go Ahead Eagles, but his side lost 0-2 at Twente. Lerin Duarte started in Heracles’ 1-3 loss at Heerenveen.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind had a nightmare on Sunday as their Manchester United lost 4-0 to Chelsea. Incredibly, it was Zlatan’s worst defeat since the year 2000, while he was still with Malmö! Just few days earlier in the Europa League, United scored four against Fenerbachce, neither Zlatan nor Daley made it onto the pitch though. Youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah did make an apperance in that match, coming in for Paul Pogba in the 75th minute.
Maarten Stekelenburg was unable to repeat his Manchester City heroics as his Everton lost 2-1 at Burnley. Scott Arfield bagged the winning goal in the 90th minute, thanks to what was Burnley’s only third shot of the game. Everton have been on a poor run of form lately, as they didn’t win any of their last four league fixtures, drawing two and losing two.
It was a scoreless week for Tottenham, who drew 0-0 with Leverkusen mid week and with Bournemouth on Saturday. Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen played all 90 minutes on both occasions, Toby Alderweireld missed both fixtures because of a knee injury.
Luis Suarez played a vital part of Barcelona’s two big wins. The Blaugranas battered Manchester City 4-0 thanks to a Leo Messi hattrick, and Suarez provided the assist for Messi’s third goal. Earlier in the evening, he got City goalkeeper and former Barca teammate Claudio Bravo sent off when he capitalised on Bravo’s mistake and tried to chip the ball over him, ultimately forcing the stopper to touch it with his hands eventhough he was outside of the box. On Saturday, Suarez scored one against Valencia in a close 3-2 win.
Schalke is back on the winning track, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is unfortunately not the one to thank for it. The prolific striker got only 9 minutes of playtime against Mainz when the score was already settled at 3-0.
Former Ajax captain Niklas Moisander played the whole match against RB Leipzig, but only recorded a yellow card and could not save his side from a 1-3 loss against the newly promoted side, which moved to an unexpected second place.
Wesley Sneijder started in Galatasaray’s match against Trabzonspor and played 69 minutes. Nigel de Jong joined from the bench 10 minutes later. Neither one of them was able to help their side avoid a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Trabzonspor.
Ismail Aissati played the whole 90 minutes for Alanyaspor, but his team also lost. Bursaspor beat Aissati and company 2-0.
All of the former Ajacieden in Sweden had to taste defeat. Rasmus Lindgren was present to Hacken’s 2-3 loss at home to Kalmar. Hammarby, captained by Kennedy Bakircioglu, also scored two, but also found themselves on the losing end, falling 2-4 to Elfsborg. Tobias Sana came on as a substitute for Malmö in a game that di not feature Markus Rosenberg at all. Malmö, the leader of the Allsvenskan table, surprisingly lost 0-3 to 10th Östersunds.
With Eyong Enoh in the midfield, Standard Liege enjoyed a 5-0 battering of Waasland-Beveren. Ricardo van Rhijn and Stefano Denswil both played 90 minutes in Club Brugge’s big 2-1 win over Anderlecht.
REST OF THE WORLD
Jody Lukoki entered Ludogorets’ fixture against Arsenal at the 80th minute, when his teammates were already 4-0 down, and saw two more goals scored against his team. Ludogorets had a much better time during the weekend, winning 4-0 in the league against Gorna. Lukoki once again came on as a sub.
Lucas Andersen featured for Grasshoppers, but his team was smashed 4-0 by Young Boys. Miralem Sulejmani did not appear in said match.
Anzhi enjoyed their biggest win under Czech coach Pavel Vrba so far, winning 3-0 at Tomsk. Lorenzo Ebecilio came on in the 82nd minute for Ilicevic, who scored a brace.
Slovan Bratislava beat Zlate Moravce 5-1, with Ruben Ligeon only being a spectator on the bench and Lesley de Sa coming on for the final 11 minutes.