Ajax practiced against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday morning to conclude the training camp in Marbella. Many players who normally play at Jong Ajax got a chance. The exhibition game ended in 0-2 thanks to two goals from Tyrhys Dolan.
Striking was the base place for the Turk Ahmetcan Kaplan. The defender, who came over from Trabzonspor last summer, returned after months of injury. He was injured in August Young Turkey.
After sixteen minutes, Ben Brereton had a chance, but goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg put a stop to it. After this, the team from Amsterdam took over the initiative and were given opportunities through Brian Brobbey and Francisco Conceiçao.
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After the break it was the British who took the lead. Tyrhys Dolan put his team ahead: 0-1. Christian Rasmussen tried to make his mark, but failed. It was Dolan who let goalie Tom de Graaff fish, who had just been brought in: 0-2. Ajax didn’t get further than a few pinpricks after that.
Tonight the Amsterdammers will return to the capital. The first game of the second half of the season is January 8. Then Ajax will play against NEC in Nijmegen.
Setup Ajax: Stekelenburg (69. De Graaff); Rensch (69. Gooijer), Kaplan (46. Aertssen), Bassey (69. Hato), Wijndal (83. Giovanni), Regeer (69. Misehouy), Rasmussen (69. Martha), Fitz-Jim; Conceiçao (83. Kjaer), Brobbey (46. Lucca) Hlynsson (69. Vos)