Thursday 29 September 2022

Red faces at Ajax after Arsenal women face goals that were too small

Red faces at Ajax after Arsenal women face goals that were too small

Amsterdam football club Ajax has apologised to English side Arsenal after it emerged the goals made ready for a key Champions League match between the top women’s teams were too low. ‘We are at a big club like Ajax, but we had to measure the goals before we started and they were 10 centimetres too small,’ Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall said after the game. ‘To be fair, I have never experienced anything like it.’ Ajax apologised for the mix-up, saying... More >

Van Gaal: Oranje 'outplayed' in 1-0 win

A header from a corner by captain Virgil van Dijk was enough to secure the Netherlands a workmanlike 1-0 win against Belgium and progress to the knockout stages of the Nations League. Van Dijk’s goal in the 73rd minute came during a spell of sustained pressure by Oranje against a resilient Belgian defence. ‘It wasn’t a good game, but we won. That’s a good feeling, although we need to play much better,’ the defender said. Oranje kept a clean sheet... More >

Van der Poel fined over hotel incident

Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel is on his way back to the Netherlands after being fined AU$1,500 (€1,000) after he admitted attacking two teenage girls in an Australian hotel on Saturday. Van der Poel, 27, was arrested after the incident in Sydney and spent several hours in police custody the night before the road race world championships, returning to his hotel room just six hours before his race was due to start. He pulled out after 30 kilometres. According... More >

Annemiek van Vleuten wins road racing gold

Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten has won the world road race title in Wollongong in Australia, despite having fractured an elbow three days previously. Van Vleuten, who is 39 and retiring at the end of the 2023 season, surprised the pack by launching a solo effort with some 600 metres to go, in what commentators say is the greatest win of her career. Earlier this summer the 2019 world champion and reigning Olympic world time trial winner won the Italian, French... More >

Dutch beat Poland 2-0 in Nations League

A 2-0 away win against Poland has put the Netherlands within one point of winning their Nations League group, with the Dutch only needing a draw against Belgium on Sunday to reach the four-team finals. Cody Gakpo scored early for the Dutch and Steven Bergwijn then added a second in the 60th minute. The Dutch have now won four of their five League A Group Four games and are three points ahead of Belgium, who beat Wales 2-1. ‘I told... More >

Van Gaal: Lewandowski will test defence

Oranje coach Louis van Gaal has said he is looking for a solid three-man defence as his team resumes its Nations League campaign against Poland. ‘I think three defenders should be able to defend the last line,’ Van Gaal said at Wednesday’s press conference in Warsaw. ‘It’s difficult, but that’s what I think.’ The men’s team went 2-0 down to Poland in Rotterdam in the reverse fixture in June before recovering to draw 2-2 and needed last-minute goals to beat... More >

PSV beat Feyenoord 4-3 to lead Eredivisie

Ajax went down to their first league defeat of the season in Alkmaar to hand the initiative to PSV, who overcame Feyenoord in a seven-goal thriller in Eindhoven. Mohammed Kudus, scorer of the equaliser at Liverpool in midweek, was on the mark again to put Ajax ahead after 11 minutes after Kenneth Taylor broke the offside trap, but Mees de Wit capitalised on a slip by Devyne Rensch to slide in the equaliser just before half-time. Five minutes after the... More >

Heerenveen ordered to reinstate mascot

Eredivisie club Heerenveen has been ordered to reinstate its mascot, who was suspended during the pandemic in a dispute with the board. Hendrik Pasveer, who spent 22 years as Heero, a curly blonde giant in a Heerenveen strip and matching horned helmet, took the club to court after being relieved of his duties at the start of this year. The club claimed Pasveer, who was also employed as an in-house painter and decorator, had threatened staff and created an ‘untenable... More >

Ajax lose to Liverpool in Champions League

A header by Joël Matip in the 89th minute of the game gave Liverpool a 2-1 win over Ajax in their Champions League tie on Tuesday night. The victory ended Ajax’s seven-match winning run in the Champions League group stage. Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder told Ziggo Sport after the game the Amsterdammers had been playing against a top team. ‘They have even more intensity than we do,’ he said. ‘The reality is that Liverpool are further ahead than us. When... More >