Ajax – Alkmaar

Ajax and Alkmaar will meet at 21:45 in the Amsterdam Arena in the second semi-final of the Dutch Cup KNVB Becker or as it is known by everyone.
Ajax recovered after elimination from the Europa League in Bucharest weekend drew Den Haag home. De Boer’s team dominated the match, with a clear 72%. Moreover percent received only received empty goal defended by Vermeer. It was the fifth consecutive game disputed ‘lancer’ in all competitions in which they scored just two goals. Arena Asterdam the only Dutch team that won this season was Vitesse dispute took place five months ago. Alkmaar’s mission will therefore not easy one tonight.
Gertjan Verbeek group ready to make a disappointing season at the end of which the dam is likely to play in the first league to maintain. Just three points separates the places Alkmaar 16 and 17. Cup remains the only way to save this season. A final qualification can be synonymous with this in the next edition of the Europa League if the other semi-final will qualify PSV Eindhoven and the band will then win the title.
AZ Alkmaar has not won a game in the match played at Den Bosch in the previous round of the Dutch Cup. Altidore & co when they won 5: 0. But two failures followed, a draw at Roda and a new defeat Sunday 0: 1 at home to NAC Breda. Even so Alkmaar’s balance away in recent months is not bad, with four wins, one draw and one defeat.
Ajax reached the semi-finals after winning four games to zero in the previous rounds. All were played away. Among the teams eliminated were the three First Division, Utrecht, Groningen and Vitesse and a team from the lower echelons, ONS Sneek. Alkmaar had a program far better in this edition of the cup, only encountering opponents in the lower leagues. In all games Verbeek’s students have scored at least four goals.
Alkmaar are unbeaten in the last four clashes with Ajax. It was imposed in previous visit to the Amsterdam Arena with 3: 2, the other three games ending in draws. In all we had goals in both gates. Ajax’s ground occurred and the last direct ended 2: 2. ” Lancers ” opened the score quickly but Josy Altidore’s double in the first five minutes of the second half brought an advantage in Alkmaar. Ajax returned to the final by saving a point.