Many huge, hyped up matches end up cagey affairs with both teams afraid to lose, and as a result, never live up to that hype. This is usually not the case in the Eredivisie, and today's title decider between Ajax and Twente was no exception. Both teams played attacking, ambitious football in a highly entertaining game, and it was Ajax who came out on top with a 3-1 win at the end of a fantastic 90 minutes.
In recent times, Ajax has been a team in turmoil. They did not live up to expectations in the first half of the year, and a whole host of changes were made. Manager Martin Jol left the club and superstar Luis Suarez was sold, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the storied club. As recently as last month, though Ajax were still very much in the title race, Johan Cruyff had a row with the board, causing the entire board to resign.
There will be no fighting today, though, as new manager Frank de Boer, a club legend, has masterminded a fantastic title run that looked highly unlikely when he took charge in December. With a manager who understands the Ajax way of running a club, a whole host of talented young players, and a championship under their belt, one of the biggest clubs in Europe looks to be returning to their glory days.
Siem de Jong, who was absolutely brilliant on the day, scored the opening goal for Ajax after 23 minutes. His tidy, well placed finish past Nikolay Mihaylov was the only goal of the first half, leaving Twente disappointed but feeling they could get back into the game.
The second half started in absolutely roaring fashion, with two goals coming just three minutes after the whistle. Ajax scored the first of those two goals to go up 2-0, though they weren't the ones who put the ball in the net. Gregory van der Wiel created the goal with a great run and cross into the box, but it was finished by Denny Landzaat, who mis-played a clearance and headed the ball into his own net.
That appeared to be it for Twente, but their player of the season brought the game back within doubt just seconds after the kickoff. Theo Janssen, easily Twente's player of the season, hit a great shot into the back of the net, making it 2-1 in favor of Ajax after 48 minutes.
Siem de Jong would steal the show in the end for Ajax, capping off a fantastic performance with another great finish in the 78th minute. That sealed Ajax's title win, letting the Dutch giants lift the trophy for the first time since 2004.