Ajax 5-0 Heerenveen: Erik ten Hag’s side lift Eredivisie title and are crowned champions ahead of the Dutchman’s summer move to Manchester United
- Erik ten Hag has signed off his Ajax career by delivering them an Eredivisie title
- Ten Hag’s side secured the championship with a 5-0 win against SC Heerenveen
- Nicolas Tagliafico, Steven Berghuis, Sebastian Haller and Brian Brobbey scored
- Edson Alvarez added another in the 90th minute to put the gloss on the win
Ajax were crowned Dutch champions with an emphatic 5-0 victory against Heerenveen at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday, giving Manchester United-bound coach Erik ten Hag the perfect send-off.
Ajax, who have now extended their record number of domestic league title wins to 36, move to 82 points from 33 games, four clear of second-placed PSV Eindhoven with one more round of fixtures to be played.
Strikes from Nicolas Tagliafico and Steven Berghuis, and a Sebastien Haller penalty, all inside the opening 38 minutes, sealed the victory for Ajax, before Brian Brobbey and Edson Alvarez added two more late on.
Erik ten Hag signed his Ajax career off with a trophy after delivering his side the Eredivisie title after a 5-0 win vs Heerenveen on Wednesday ahead of his summer move to Manchester United
Left back Nicolas Tagliafico (pictured left) scored the opening goal for the hosts and favourites
Attacker Steven Berghuis snapped the corner flag after netting the second on 33 minutes
Former West Ham striker Sebastian Haller converted a penalty to make it 3-0 at the interval
Ajax fans cheered wildly for ten Hag’s side in Leidseplein Square in Dutch capital Amsterdam
It was the last home fixture for ten Hag before he makes his move to the Premier League, having been named last month by United as their new coach from the end of the season.
Ajax finish their campaign at Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.
Ten Hag ends his four-and-a-half year stay at the club with a third Eredivisie title in a row having also led the team to the championship in the 2018/19 and 2020/21 campaigns. The season was cancelled in 2019/20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was denied a league and cup double this term when Ajax were beaten 2-1 by PSV in the Dutch Cup final on April 17.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Feyenoord’s 1-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles secured the Conference League finalists third place and qualification for the Europa League next season.
But a 2-0 defeat for PEC Zwolle at Sparta Rotterdam ensured they would be relegated and moved their hosts out of the bottom three.
Match Facts: Ajax vs Heerenveen
Ajax (4-3-1-2): Stekelenburg; Mazraoui (Rensch 57), Timber, Blind, Tagliafico; Taylor (Regeer 82), Alvarez, Klaassen (Kudus 68); Berghuis; Haller (Brobbey 57), Tadic (Daramy 82).
Subs not used: Gorter, Tyton; Salah-Eddine, Llansana, Ihattaren.
Goals: Tagliafico 19, Berguis 33, Haller 38 (pen), Brobbey 85.
Manager: Erik ten Hag.
Heerenveen (3-5-2): Mulder; van Beek, Dresevic, Woudenberg; van Ewijk, Haye (Madsen 74), Halilovic (de Jong 74), Tahiri (Al Hajj 81), Kaib; van Hooijdonk (Musaba 46), Sarr (van der Heide 74).
Subs not used: Mous, Bekkema; van Ottele, Akujobi, Zaal, Nunumete, Stevanovic.
Manager: Johnny Jansen.
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