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De Ligt and Ten Hag forgive 'experienced' matchwinner Huntelaar red card

2019-04-20T19:36:31.831Z

Captain Matthijs de Ligt and trainer Erik ten Hag are happy and relieved that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar provided the winning goal on Saturday against FC Groningen (0-1). They forgive the substitute's red card.


Captain Matthijs de Ligt and trainer Erik ten Hag are happy and relieved that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar provided the winning goal on Saturday against FC Groningen (0-1). They forgive the substitute's red card.

Huntelaar scored about twenty minutes before time as a substitute and celebrated that by taking off his shirt. The experienced striker (35) was yellowed and referee Dennis Higler gave him a yellow card just in time after a hard foul.

"It is Klaas-Jan's experience that makes the difference today, even though he made it difficult for us. But I am happy with him today," said nineteen-year-old De Ligt after the match at FOX Sports .

"In this period it's all about the three points. Of course we have won away games fatter, but today I am very happy with this."

Referee Dennis Higler gives Klaas-Jan Huntelaar his second yellow and therefore red after a foul on Samir Memisevic. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Ten Hag: 'First hugged Huntelaar'

Ten Hag, who was disappointed by the difficult game of Ajax in Groningen, spoke words of the same meaning. The coach agreed that the red card was unnecessary for Huntelaar.

"At first he did what he came for, but he shouldn't do that second. I already thought he shouldn't take off his shirt, especially because he is so experienced," he said.

"On the other hand it also draws him again. He was so happy and still had so much energy. You wouldn't say he is 35 years old. He is here for that, although he went a bit too far at the end."

However, joy dominated at Ten Hag. "I hugged him first, because I am very happy with him. The goal was a real 'Huntelaar goal', with poison. But we lost him against Vitesse on Tuesday and that is less."

Erik ten Hag celebrates the victory over FC Groningen with the Ajax players. (Photo: Pro Shots)

De Ligt does not care about Ajax's difficult game

Ajax, which caused a sensation in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by eliminating Juventus, had a hard time in the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium and seemed to be heading for a long time for loss of points.

"Groningen had a certain battle plan with long balls and that made it difficult for us to control. We managed to get through a few times, but they also had a number of chances. We weren't stuck enough, but what difference does it make?", says De Ligt, who thinks it is good that the pressure is on PSV again.

"They will also have seen that it was very difficult for us. If you still have to play yourself, it is not nice to see, although we must focus on ourselves and ensure that this type of competition does not occur too often."

PSV, which has three points less and has a lesser goal difference, will play at home against ADO Den Haag on Sunday at 4.45 pm. After Sunday there are three rounds to play in the Eredivisie.

See also: Remaining program top clubs Premier League

View the results, the stand and the program in the Eredivisie

Source: nunl

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