Amsterdammers held to surprise draw at the ArenA.
Ajax could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie on Sunday and so failed to take full advantage of leaders PSV Eindhoven’s loss earlier in the day at Feyenoord.
In such an important game, a defensive blunder from Niklas Moisander was not what Frank de Boer’s men needed.
Tjaronn Chery gratefully accepted the wayward pass and put the ball in the back of the net. It was a cool finish nonetheless. 1-0 to ADO Den Haag after half an hour.
But Ajax almost equalised moments later. Kolbeinn Sigtorsson with the effort. But no goal line technology meant no goal despite the appeals.
It took until the 85th minute for that goal to come, Lasse Schoene with the accuracy. His manager Frank de Boer with the passion.
And in stoppage time , Ajax thought they had snatched the vital win. Isaac Cuenca centimeters away.
One-one though was the way it finished – an opportunity missed for Ajax.