Ajax retains hope for second place after 3-1 victory over FC Utrecht

Ajax’s final position in the Eredivisie remains undecided after a crucial 3-1 victory over FC Utrecht, with the final placement between second and fourth place only to be determined after the final match day.

Farewell to Stekelenburg and Traveler

The game started with an emotional moment when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and assistant coach Michael Reiziger said their goodbyes. After this, Ajax focused on securing a necessary victory, attempting to close the five-point gap to PSV and stave off pressure from number four AZ, who were only two points behind.

Ajax showed its intention from the start and Steven Bergwijn gave the team from Amsterdam the lead after twenty minutes. Despite the clear predominance, no more goals were scored before the break, but there was optimism among the Ajax supporters when PSV trailed 1-2 against sc Heerenveen.

In the second half, Eredivisie top scorer Anastasios Douvikas scored the equalizer for Utrecht, but Ajax was not put off. Brian Brobbey scored the 2-1, after which reports of PSV falling behind again caused excitement in the stands. Despite a late PSV comeback to a 3–3 draw, Ajax secured victory with an injury time goal from Davy Klaassen to make the final score 3–1.

Decisive matches

The decisive matches will be played next Sunday, with Ajax visiting FC Twente and AZ receiving PSV at home. Although the chances of Champions League football are still alive, depending on the results, Ajax could also end up in the Europa League or even the Conference League.

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