Ajax are with one leg in the next round of the Europa League, if not with two already. Ajax have beaten the current Belgian leaders in their own clubhouse in the Derby of the Low Countries. A clash between the most successful clubs in Holland and Belgium. For the first time the eleven times they’ve played against each other, Ajax have won. It was Anderlecht’s first loss in eleven games this season. The first goal was the first one they conceded in 840 minutes. Score on the sheet: RSC Anderlecht 0 – AFC Ajax 3.

It’s a bit of a falsified sheet. Anderlecht started very well and Ajax were struggling. The battle on the midfield was won by Anderlecht. Ajax hadn’t really an answer on the four midfielders switching positions. But the first chance was for Ajax, in particular for Mounir El Hamdaoui. A shot that should’ve been at least between to posts. The first Belgian chance was for Suarez (not Luis but Anderlecht’s Matías), Maarten Stekelenburg saved it well by staying on his feet as long as possible. Anderlecht kept pressuring and were the best side, but Ajax had their chances aswell. Ajax were sloppy and looked nervous. The players struggled to get into their own game. But every single Ajax player in blue worked their heart out.

 Stekelenburg saved us again (his form continues and continues) after a great effort of former Ajax youth player, Mbark Boussouffa. But it was Ajax who took the lead. After a great corner of Christian Eriksen, Belgian Toby Alderweireld headed it home. Alderweireld and scoring in Europe is a good combination. He did it against Auxerre, AC Milan and Anderlecht. Ten minutes later the referee blew the half time whistle.

 It was a very open first half, both teams weren’t playing their best game; sloppy passes, nervous moments and basic things that went wrong. Anderlecht could’ve been two or three nil up but thanks to Stekelenburg, Eriksen and goalscorer Alderweireld, Ajax were leading and got that oh so important away goal.

In the second half, Anderlecht were blown away by Ajax. Crucial moment  and turning point was the penalty. Wasilewski blasted it over. I guess they’re still looking for that ball outside the Constand Vanden Stock stadium. Ajax gained more confidence and Anderlecht looked lost. It was a very solid and concentrated performance of the Sons of God in the second half. The second goal of the ‘Amsterdammers’ was the best goal of the evening. A beautiful long pass by Toby Alderweireld towards Christian Eriksen. Who controls it, goes past Pronto and shoots it brilliantly in the net like it’s his second nature. Those who has paid attention whilst reading this blog: you’re right, a reverse production of Ajax’s first goal. Ajax kept going and playing the way Frank de Boer’s happy with. A third goal for Ajax was more likely than a goal for the Belgian side. That third goal came in the 68th minute. Eriksen’s assist gave El Hamdaoui the space to score face-to-face. He stayed calm and the net rolled for the third time.

It’s easy to make some jokes about Belgians now, but I won’t. It’s cheap.

Forgive me for that figment, back to yesterday. All in all, Ajax can look back to a good performance, especially the second half. Everyone kept working and fighting. A top, top team performance. But for me, Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Eriksen were the best three on the pitch (okay, okay Stekelenburg makes it four). It was like Belgians Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen felt  at home. Oh wait, they were.. That may explain their very solid performance. Vertonghen has been solid this whole season though, what a beast. His fellow countryman and compagnon in Ajax’s defence, Alderweireld played his best game of this season. They’ve given wunderkid Romelu Lukaku no space. Our own wunderkind, supertalent and wizkid Christian Eriksen shined again. Got one goal and two assists. Especially in the second half he showed his talent once again. This result will give this young team a lot of confidence.

Winning with 3-0 away from home was a dream scenario. To be honest, I haven’t even dreamt it. My guess was a tough 1-1 draw. I’m glad I was wrong. The return in Amsterdam is normally just a formality. With a side eye, I’m already looking to the next round where we’ll face FC Basel or Spartak Moscow.  As Toby Alderweireld said: ‘If we manage the screw it up next week, we don’t belong here’.

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