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Sports News of Sunday, 31 July 2022


Heartbreak for Bassey as he sees red on Ajax debut

The Nigeria international was sent off moments after coming on as a substitute in the Johan Cruyff Shield

Calvin Bassey got his marching orders in the 76th minute of Ajax’s game against PSV Eindhoven.

The Ajax #33 was subbed on in the game for Owen Wijndal in the 62nd minute but was soon red-carded, just 14 minutes after coming on.

It would have been far from the debut Bassey expected when he was sent out of the game for a lunging tackle on Ismael Saibari.

Seven minutes into his introduction, Ajax conceded two quick-fire goals as PSV took the lead.

Ajax had taken the lead through Steven Bergwijn in the 15th minute before Guus Til equalised for PSV.

Til added his second just before the break in the 47th minute. Antony scored Ajax’s equaliser seven minutes after restart before Cody Gakpo scored the third in the 65th minute, three minutes after Bassey’s introduction.

The Dutchman, Til grabbed completed his hat trick in the 69th minute to keep the game at 4-2. Ajax attempted a comeback when Ghanaian international, Mohammed Kudus reduced the deficit and made the scoreline 4-3 in the 72nd minute.

Four minutes after Ajax reduced the deficit, Bassey picked a red card for an offense that was initially registered for a yellow. A VAR review ensured the former Rangers man and Nigeria’s most expensive player in this window got his exit orders.