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Eredivisie: Ajax suffer defeat

12 August 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 12/08/17 11:23pm

Ajax suffered an opening-day defeat in the Eredivisie after losing 2-1 at Heracles.

Hakim Ziyech, who has been linked with Liverpool recently, lashed in a brilliant 57th-minute opener with a first-time attempt from the edge of the box that crashed into the net.

However, Heracles soon levelled with a Paul Gladon near-post finish that goalkeeper Andre Onana should have kept out before Brandley Kuwas curled in a fine winner after cutting in off the right flank.

PSV made a winning start, though, by beating AZ Alkmaar 3-2 in Eindhoven.

Dabney dos Santos, on as a ninth-minute substitute for AZ, fired the visitors ahead before Hirving Lozano cut in off the left flank to level and Gaston Pereiro then put PSV in front.

Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel made it 3-1 and PSV held on despite Wout Weghorst’s penalty reducing the lead.

Vitesse got their campaign up and running with a 4-1 triumph over NAC, while VVV defeated Sparta 3-0.

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