ajax clinch 34th dutch eredivisie title

21:46    15 May 2019

Frenkie de Jong (R) of Ajax Amsterdam in action against De Graafschap Doetinchem's Bart Straalman
Ajax Amsterdam beat De Graafschap 4-1 at De Vijverberg in Doetinchem on Wednesday evening, to clinch a record-extending 34th Dutch Eredivisie title.

This season's Uefa Champions League losing semifinalists had all but won the title over the past weekend, following PSV's 1-0 loss away to AZ Alkmaar, but mathematically wrapped up the crown with a convincing win to clinch their first league triumph in five years.

In a season that conjured 119 league goals, few were as eye-catching as Lasse Schone's 37th minute opener. The Danish midfielder firing the impending champions in front with a superb dipping free-kick.

Youssef El Jebli, though, pulled the hosts level three minutes later: piercing through the Ajax defence before firing past Andre Onana.

Nicolás Tagliafico restored Ajax's lead on the cusp of half-time. Hakim Ziyech weaved his way into the area before teeing up the Argentine for an easy finish.

Dušan Tadić netted his 27th league goal of the campaign in the 67th minute. The Serbian forward making no mistake from the spot after Frenkie de Jong was brought down inside the area.

Tadic completed his brace with three minutes of regulation time remaining to move level with Luuk de Jong atop the scoring charts. The former Southampton man darted past his marker before firing an unstoppable left-footed shot into the back of the net.

Victory secured a domestic double for Ajax, who also clinched the KNVB Beker with victory over Willem II in the final.
 

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