Belgium international defender TOBY ALDERWEIRELD (3) of Ajax Amsterdam tackles the ball away from Hungary international winger BALASZ DZSUDZSAK, who leads PSV Eindhoven with 20 goals in all competitions this season, during the Klassiker Derby on Sunday at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. (pics united/psv.nl)
Both teams having achieved advancement in the UEFA Europa League earlier in the week, arch-rivals AJAX AMSTERDAM and PSV EINDHOVEN battled to an entertaining 0-0 stalemate in a Dutch Eredivisie Klassiker Derby on Sunday.
Ajax Amsterdam had Holland World Cup goalkeeper MAARTEN STEKELENBURG to thank for its share of the spoils; the 28-year-old netminder had two important saves from PSV Eindhoven’s joint top goal-scorers, Hungary international winger BALASZ DZSUDZSAK and Sweden international attacking midfielder OLA TOIVONEN, in the first half and another on the second half substitute of the Boeren, 20-year-old GENERO ZEEFUIK.
19-year-old Denmark World Cup midfielder CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN, the man of the match in Ajax Amsterdam’s first leg victory over RSC Anderlecht in Brussels, had the best chance for de Godenzonen in the first half.
Although the Rood-witten under trainer FRED RUTTEN would have preferred to win, PSV Eindhoven, who last won the Dutch title in 2008, still remain three points ahead of the pack in Holland while Ajax Amsterdam are in third on the Eredivisie chart five points off the pace.
Holland international winger JERMAIN LENS, who scored the goal which progressed PSV Eindhoven past French side OSC Lille in Europe during the week, has the ball run out of play as Ajax Amsterdam’s Holland international fullback VURNON ANITA (5) watches at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. (pics united/psv.nl)
PSV EINDHOVEN : Isaksson – Manolev, Marcelo, Bouma, Pieters – Engelaar, Hutchinson – Lens, Toivonen, Dzsudzsak – Berg (Zeefuik 83′)
AJAX AMSTERDAM : Stekelenburg – van der Wiel, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita – Eriksen, de Jong, Enoh (Lindgren 76′) – Ebecilio, El Hamadoui (de Zeeuw 86′), Sulejmani