Sunday, April 19, 2009

PSV pounds Ajax senseless

While the Dwight Lodeweges-led PSV era is coming to a close, his leadership will be remembered well by supporters. Adding to his fine curriculum vitae is a brilliant 6-2 devastation of Ajax at Philips Stadion on Sunday evening. The victory edges the defending champions back into a Europa League spot and will leave many wondering how things could have been different under a full year of Dwight Lodeweges leadership.

After Timmy Simons could not convert from the spot nineteen minutes in Edison Méndez started the celebration midway of the half as he sent a rocket against the right post in from twenty-five metres. The fun continued just past the half hour mark when Ibrahim Afelley volleyed in a rebound from Balázs Dzsudzsák powerful drive. PSV pressured Ajax constantly and ten minutes later Nordin Amrabat intercepted Jan Vertonghen's nonchalant back pass before toying with the 'keeper and sending to the back of the net. Luis Suárez brought one back just before the half with a nice volley from the right side of the six-yard box to make in 3-1. After the break, PSV continued to pour it on as Jason Culina, soon to join Gold Coast United of the A-League, came in from the right flank before powering in the ball with his left foot from twelve metres. Nine minutes later Hungarian international Balázs Dzsudzsák curling free-kick filled the net as PSV supporters were thrilled with a 5-1 margin. Serbian international Miralem Sulejmani brought one back for Ajax with fourteen minutes remaining via a beautiful chip through ball from Ismaïl Aissati. Finally to crown the celebration Otman Bakkal completed romp in the final moments of the match to send Ajax back to Amsterdam with a 6-2 humiliation, as well as thwart their efforts to overtake Twente in the Champions League race.