Ajax secure Eredivisie title to complete domestic double

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Ajax have secured the Eredivisie title and preserved their first domestic double for 17 years with a 4-1 victory at De Graafschap.

 

Erik ten Hag’s side only needed a point from their final match of the season to lock the title, but ended up taking all three courtesy of goals from Lasse Schone, Nicolas Tagliafico and two from top goalscorer Dusan Tadic.

Defending champions PSV Eindhoven were the only side who could have mathematically trapped Ajax, but their 3-1 win over Hercacles was rendered irrelevant following their rival’s victory at De Vijverberg Stadium.

 

After a quiet start the game sparked into life with three goals in seven minutes shortly before the break. Schone’s free-kick gave Ajax the lead on 37 minutes and although De Graafschap midfielder Youssef El Jebli levelled three minutes later, Tagliafico pounced a minute before half-time to re-establish the visitor’s lead.

 

The points were made safe when former Southampton forward Tadic converted a second-half penalty before adding up a fourth late on for his 28th Eredivisie goal of the season.

It means the title takings to Amsterdam for the first time since the 2013-14 season and completes the domestic double following Ajax’s KNVB Cup victory over Willem II earlier this month.

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