Hello and welcome to this live blog!

My name is Menno Waebeke and I will keep you informed here about all matches this Saturday in the opening round of the Eredivisie.

  • RKC-AZ 


  • Heracles -PSV


  • Fortuna-Twente


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  • Ajax-NEC


Ajax-NEC · in one day

71 'Ajax has slowed down considerably in the second half.

The home team quietly taps the ball from foot to foot, but creates few great opportunities anymore.

The job has long been done.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

66 'Second substitution at NEC where Jordy Bruijn will leave the field.

Turkish youth international Ali Akman relieves him in the striker.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

Still half an hour to play in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

NEC now manages to keep things fairly close and prevents Ajax from scoring in the second half.

The visitors thus seem to avoid a huge monster score.

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Ajax-NEC · in one day

58 'Double substitution at the team from Amsterdam.

David Neres and Devyne Rensch come in for Dusan Tadic and Lisandro Martínez.

Tadic can look back on his game with satisfaction, he signed for two goals and provided an assist.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

49 'Huge opportunity for Gravenberch!

The midfielder gets all the space to hit Branderhorst's goal, but hits the ball completely wrong.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

48 'Actually another chance for NEC.

Okita can hit Ajax's sixteen, but his shot goes well past.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

46 'The ball rolls again in Amsterdam.

Can NEC limit the damage or will Ajax reach double figures in the second half?

Fortuna-Twente · in one day


Fortuna Sittard beat FC Twente 2-1 in an exciting match.

The visitors from Enschede took a 0-1 lead in the first half via Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

In the second half Fortuna straightens his back and equalizes via Mats Seuntjens.

In the 81st minute, debutant Toshio Lake scored the decisive goal.

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Ajax-NEC · in one day

First half stats: 

  • Ajax-NEC

  • Position: 5-0

  • Shots: 17-4

  • Shots on target: 8-0

  • Possession: 75 percent-25 percent

Fortuna-Twente · in one day

81' GOAL Fortuna Sittard!


Toshio Lake seems to be the match winner in Sittard.

The former youth player of Feyenoord shoots the 2-1 against the ropes on a pass from Tekie.

Twenty-year-old Lake thus has an Eredivisie debut that will never be forgotten, he also previously provided the assist on Seuntjens' 1-1.

Ajax-NEC · in one day


Halfway through, Ajax leads 5-0 well against NEC.

The team from Amsterdam outclassed the team from Nijmegen.

After six minutes it was already 1-0 via Haller, then Mazraoui, an own goal from Van Rooij and two goals from Tadic ensured a 5-0 halftime score.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

40 'The VAR does not consider it a violation and so Tadic's goal remains.

Ajax leads 5-0 in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

39' GOAL Ajax!


Ajax counters quickly via Berghuis, who passes the ball well to Dusan Tadic.

The Serb slides in the 5-0.

There seemed to be a foul by Mazraoui.

Maybe VAR will look into this.

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Fortuna-Twente · in one day

67 'Two debutants at FC Twente.

Michel Vlap and Michal Sadílek are ready for their first minutes in the shirt of the tukkers.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

After half an hour, Ajax is more than a generous 4-0 lead in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

A monster score threatens, although NEC now seems to be getting a little more control over the team from Amsterdam.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

25 'NEC trainer Rogier Meijer intervenes and changes.

The experienced Edgar Barreto comes on the field, he replaces Magnus Mattsson.

Fortuna-Twente · in one day

61' GOAL Fortuna Sittard!


Fortuna Sittard equalizes against FC Twente via Mats Seuntjens.

The midfielder is just short of offside and makes his first goal of the season on a pass from Toshio Lake.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

20' GOAL Ajax!


Where is this going?

Dusan Tadic blasts a deflected corner into the top left corner.

This is starting to look a bit like last season's 0-13 against VVV-Venlo.

NEC will not want to let it get that far today.

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Ajax-NEC · in one day

18 'There is almost the 3-1 of NEC!

Stekelenburg makes a hopeless mistake and slides the ball into Okita's feet.

The Belgian shoots 2 meters over.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

15' GOAL Ajax!


Oh no!

Another NEC own goal.

Bart van Rooij wants to play the ball back to the keeper with his chest, but does not do it well.

The VAR has to check it, but the ball has crossed the line well.

Ajax is already ahead 3-0 after fifteen minutes.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

11' GOAL Ajax!


It threatens to be a very painful evening for NEC.

Ajax quickly takes a 2-0 lead via Noussair Mazraoui.

The right back gave the assist on the 1-0, but can now easily head in the 2-0 after a perfect cross from Tadic.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

6' GOAL Ajax!


Ajax outclassed NEC in the first minutes of the match and that quickly leads to the first goal.

Sébastien Haller scores after a good cross from Mazraoui.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

4 'Ajax starts energetically.

Davy Klaassen is a toe-length short to tap in the 1-0.

NEC has been under a lot of pressure from the kick-off.

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Ajax-NEC · in one day

2 'There is immediately the first big chance of the game!

Davy Klaassen puts Haller alone in front of the keeper, but Branderhorst saves.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

Kick off! 

Bas Nijhuis has started the match between Ajax and NEC.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

Antony is also back in Amsterdam.

He proudly displays his gold medal he won with Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

Before the match, NEC captain Lasse Schöne will be put in the spotlight in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

The Dane played seven seasons in Amsterdam and is officially saying goodbye to the public today.

Fortuna-Twente · in one day

36' GOAL FC Twente!


Ricky van Wolfswinkel did not have to wait very long for his first goal for FC Twente.

The 32-year-old striker is in the right place after a cross from Smal and can shoot the 0-1.

Heracles-PSV · in one day


PSV easily beat Heracles Almelo 2-0.

The people from Eindhoven started stiffly, but did not run into problems in Almelo for a moment.

Before halftime, PSV took the lead via Bruma, in the second half Noni Madueke scored the second goal with a great goal.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

The Ajax supporters see an old acquaintance in NEC's line-up.

Lasse Schöne starts as captain in the base with the visitors from Nijmegen.

NEC setup:


Van Rooij, Marquez, Odenthal, El Karouani;

Schone, Proper;

Okita, Duelund, Mattsson;


Heracles-PSV · in one day

88 'Bucker prevents PSV's 3-0.

The Heracles goalkeeper makes a good save on a bet by Eran Zahavi.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

85 'Last changes on the side of PSV.

Armando Obispo and goalscorer Bruma enter the dressing room and are replaced by Nick Viergever and Ryan Thomas.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

83 'PSV has the match completely under control in the second half.

Heracles Almelo hardly comes to dangerous moments and PSV can comfortably lean on the 2-0 lead.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

75' Huge miss by Ibrahim Sangaré.

The PSV Ivorian seems to be able to score easily, but encounters the leg of the lying goalkeeper Bucker.

Ajax-NEC · in one day

At Ajax, Edson Álvarez immediately returns to the base, Steven Berghuis also makes his competition debut for Ajax.

Daley Blind returns to defense.

Ajax line-up:


Mazraoui, Timber, Martinez, Blind;

Alvarez, Gravenberch, Klaassen;

Berghuis, Haller, Tadic.

Welcome back to the team, @EdsonAlvarez19!

⚡️ #ayanec


Author AFC AjaxMoment of places17: 45 - 14 August 2021

Heracles-PSV · in one day



Noni Madueke is played in Heracles' box.

The Englishman cleverly finds space between three defenders to play.

With his favorite left leg he shoots the ball dry past goalkeeper Bucker.

It is immediately his last action.

He is replaced by Cody Gakpo.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

63 'Heracles Almelo creates little in the second half, but it is still only 1-0.

And so the ball only has to fall right once for Heracles.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

59 'Both teams are making a lot of changes.

At Heracles we see three fresh names: Delano Burgzorg, Mohamed Amissi and Melih Ibrahimoglu coming in for Sinan Bakis, Bilal Basacikoglu and Luca de la Torre.

On the side of PSV, Eran Zahavi comes in, Yorbe Vertessen leaves.

Fortuna-Twente · in one day

Kick off! 

Fortuna Sittard kicked off in Limburg and so the match between Fortuna and FC Twente has started.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

50 'The first big chance of the second half is for PSV.

Jordan Teze is cleared well by Götze, but the defender shows why he is not in the attack and shoots wide.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

46 'Both teams will make one substitution at the start of the second half.

At Heracles, Kasper Jakobsen joins the squad for Nikolai Laursen.

Mauro Júnior stayed behind in the dressing room at PSV.

He is relieved by Mario Götze.

Fortuna-Twente · in one day

At 8 p.m. Fortuna Sittard and FC Twente start their opening game in Sittard.

At Twente we see Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the starting line-up, the striker returns to the Eredivisie after four seasons. 

Line-up Fortuna Sittard:

Van Osch;

Rota, Angha, Janssen, Cox;

Ferati, Tekie, Seuntjens;

Musaba, Baghdadi, Hansson. 

FC Twente line-up:


Troupée, Pröpper, Oosterwolde, Smal;

Zerrouki, Bosch, Ilic;

Limnios, Van Wolfswinkel, Menig.

Heracles-PSV · in one day


PSV leads halfway through Almelo.

Heracles started the match fiercely, but slowly saw his powers drain.

PSV got better and better in the game and that resulted in Bruma's 1-0 just before half-time.

Heracles-PSV · in one day

45 'There was almost the second goal for Bruma!

The Portuguese has a great shot from distance, but his shot hits the outside of the post.

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