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Ajax became champion of the Netherlands for the 36th time on Wednesday. The team of coach Erik ten Hag secured the title by winning 5-0 against sc Heerenveen in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

The championship game was never really exciting. After nineteen minutes Nicolás Tagliafico made the 1-0 for Ajax and by halftime it was already 3-0. Steven Berghuis scored in the 33rd minute and five minutes later Sébastien Haller converted a penalty.

In the second half, Ajax played the game out calmly, also because Heerenveen was unable to hurt the Eredivisie leader. Five minutes before the end, Brian Brobbey made the 4-0 and the final chord was by Edson Álvarez (5-0) in the ninetieth minute.

PSV meanwhile won 3-2 against NEC, but because of Ajax’s victory, that no longer had any influence on the title race. With one round to go, the gap remains four points.

The 36th national title is the third and last in the era of Ten Hag, who was appointed by Ajax halfway through the 2017/2018 season. The Amsterdam club also conquered two KNVB cups and a Johan Cruijff Scale in that period.

Program round 33

  • Ajax-sc Heerenveen 5-0
  • PSV-NEC 3-2
  • Go Ahead Eagles-Feyenoord 0-1
  • FC Twente-FC Groningen 3-0
  • FC Utrecht-AZ 2-2
  • Fortuna Sittard-Vitesse 1-2
  • RKC Waalwijk-Heracles 2-0
  • SC Cambuur-Willem II 1-1
  • Sparta-PEC Zwolle 2-0

Photo series: Ajax beats Heerenveen and takes title

Tadic gives penalty to Haller

After a minute of silence for former Ajax players Jody Lukoki (29) and Henk Groot (84) who died this week, the team from Amsterdam immediately took the initiative against Heerenveen, as expected. It took until the nineteenth minute for the first big chance, but then it was immediately hit.

Noussair Mazraoui just kept the ball in and his cross came to Dusan Tadic, who custom-served the steaming Tagliafico. The Argentinian beat Heerenveen goalkeeper Erwin Mulder with a slider in the far corner (1-0).

Fifteen minutes later it was already 2-0. Jurriën Timber put back and Berghuis tapped in, removing the tension from the game. It was even 3-0 before half-time. After a foul on Berghuis, Tadic left the penalty to Haller in the 38th minute and he made no mistake. It was the Eredivisie top scorer’s first goal in six games.

Mazraoui gets public change

Because of the large lead, Ajax was able to play without nerves after the break, although Berghuis did not take advantage of a huge opportunity in the second minute of the second half. He shot for almost empty target.

There was also time and space for other things. Mazraoui, who goes to Bayern Munich on a free transfer, received a public change. And the moment Heerenveen finally seemed to create danger – Anthony Musaba shot the post – the flag was flagged for offside.

Twenty minutes before the end, the fanatical Ajax supporters set off massive fireworks to celebrate the title. Meanwhile, Kenneth Taylor shot just over and an attempt by substitute Mohammed Kudus also failed. The bottom of the bar saved Heerenveen.

In the final phase it was still hit twice, which gave the championship match more shine. Substitute Brobbey scored a rebound in the 85th minute after an attempt by another substitute, Mohamed Daramy, was reversed. The 5-0 in the ninetieth minute belonged to Álvarez, after which the party erupted in the ArenA.

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NBA Playoffs: Bucks and Suns lose game seven and are out

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Reigning NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, last year’s losing finalist, have been eliminated from the playoffs. Milwaukee lost the deciding seventh game to Boston Celtics (109-81). Phoenix, the best team of the regular season, went down against the Dallas Mavericks: 123-90.

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TILBURG – It all has yet to be discussed. But there are many indications that Kevin Hofland will also be the trainer of Willem II in the First Division in the coming season. After a 3-0 win over FC Utrecht, the Tilburg club was relegated because the competition also took points.

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Rose jersey wearer López apologizes for throwing a water bottle to Oomen NOW

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Juan Pedro López apologized to Sam Oomen on Sunday after the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Spaniard, who narrowly retained the pink leader’s jersey, threw a water bottle at the Dutchman on the final climb out of frustration.

López hit Oomen’s rear wheel with 8 kilometers to go, forcing him to put a foot on the ground and almost fall. The 24-year-old Trek-Segafredo climber then grabbed a water bottle and threw it at Oomen.

In his interview immediately after the very tough stage, López first wanted to make a statement before answering a question. “I want to say sorry to Sam Oomen,” said the rosette wearer. “He tried to push me out and I went crazy for a while. Then I threw a water bottle at him, I want to apologize for that.”

On the site of his team, López gave a little more explanation about the incident moments later. “Unfortunately, when we touched, I had a very difficult moment mentally. I had to stay focused and told myself to get the pace back up to keep the pink.”

López narrowly succeeded in that mission by crossing the line in 15th place on the Blockhaus, 1 minute and 46 seconds behind stage winner Jai Hindley. In the standings he had twelve seconds left over the new number two João Almeida. The rosette wearer does not appear to be punished by the jury.

Oomen was eighteenth at 4.34 minutes from Hindley. The Jumbo-Visma climber is in twentieth place in the overall ranking, 7.21 minutes behind López.

Result stage 9 Giro d’Italia

  • 1. Jai Hindley (Aus)
  • 2. Romain Bardet (Fra) zt
  • 3. Richard Carapaz (ECU) zt
  • 4. Mikel Landa (Spa) zt
  • 5. João Almeida (Por) zt
  • 6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) +3 sec
  • 7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) +16 sec
  • 8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) +34 sec
  • 9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) +46 sec
  • 10. Thymen Arensman (Ned) +58 sec

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