Erik ten Hag’s Ajax can clinch the Eredivisie title this Wednesday after a dramatic day in the Netherlands.

Ajax battle back to salvage draw

Ajax had arguably their toughest fixture of their remaining games, against AZ Alkmaar. They could only manage a 2-2 draw, dropping points.

Brian Brobbey had given Ajax a first half lead, before AZ fought back to take the lead. Ajax needed a 86th minute goal from midfielder Edson Alvarez to claim a point.

Ten Hag was upbeat after the result away at the league’s fifth placed team. He told “2-2 at AZ is a good result. We were in control in the title fight and we still are.”

AZ Alkmaar v Ajax - Dutch Eredivisie
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PSV blow it in final seconds

The good news for Ajax is rivals PSV Eindhoven blew the chance to capitalise on Ajax’s slip-up, faltering to a 2-2 draw away at Feyenoord.

A brace from Cody Gakpo had put PSV on track for a 2-1 win, before a penalty was awarded to Feyenoord in the fifth minute of injury time. Cyril Dessers stepped up to score, clinching a 2-2 draw to keep the momentum in Ajax’s favour.

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Ajax can clinch Eredivisie title this Wednesday

Ajax end the day as they started it, arguably in a much stronger place. Erik ten Hag’s side still have a four point gap over second placed PSV, and now they have only two games remaining.

This means Ajax can clinch the Eredivisie title as soon as Wednesday night, when they are at home to eighth placed Heerenveen, a side with just 10 wins from 32 games.

Victory for Ajax would seal the title, irrespective of PSV’s result against NEC, which kicks off at the same time at 7pm on Wednesday.

Manchester United fans will be focused on the FA Youth Cup final, which takes place at the same time at Old Trafford on Wednesday, a night where silverware could be celebrated in Amsterdam too.

Wednesday’s game is Ajax’s final home game, so they will be desperate to wrap up the title with a win, and render the following weekend’s trip to Vitesse, in sixth, a game where they have nothing to play for.

It is not thought Ten Hag will do anything radical like take charge of United’s final game of the season early, on May 22, but he certainly will be more available for the Red Devils, to begin preparing for next season, as soon as his third Eredivisie title is won.

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