Ajax loses out on Cruijff Plate once again

Ajax has once again failed to win the first official match of the season. Just like one year ago, Ajax’s effort to win the Johan Cruijff Plate was thwarted by FC Twente. In the Amsterdam ArenA, the national champion played almost an entire half one man up. But cup holder Twente still managed to win, 2-1. “We did dominate for ninety minutes” , determined Ajax coach Frank de Boer, looking back with mixed feelings on the lost contest to win the 2011-2012 season’s first prize. He was satisfied with Ajax’s performance, but not with the result. An apt summary of Ajax’s night against Twente. De Boer: “It’s brutal to give away two opportunites and get scored against twice. Completely unnecessary in my opinion.”