Frank De Boer's men ended Ajax's seven year wait for a league title as they defeated last year's champions Twente 3-1, bringing up an historic 30th Eredivisie championshipA brace from striker Siem De Jong ensured that Ajax completed a thrilling late-season comeback to win the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2004 as they dethroned reigning champions Twente in an enthralling 3-1 win at the Amsterdam Arena. The 22-year-old upstaged his younger brother Luuk, who ended up on the losing side.
Ajax had the lion's share of the ball in the early stages and their pressure paid off with the opening goal after 22 minutes. Gregory van der Wiel delivered a terrific cross at pace from the right-hand side, which arrived at the back post at the perfect height for Siem De Jong, who kept his head to volley past Nikolay Mihaylov with his left-foot.
The home side's second came moments after the half-time interval in unfortunate circumstances for former Ajax man Denny Landzaat. The 35-year-old midfielder diverted another outstanding Van der Wiel cross past his own goalkeeper with a diving header, leaving him crestfallen as he lay on the ground while the home side celebrated.
Twente then showed their championship credentials barely a minute later. The mercurial figure of Theo Janssen pulled a goal back as he beat Kenneth Vermeer with a perfectly placed curling shot from just inside the penalty box.
Ajax, who had been the better team throughout the afternoon, made sure of the title on 77 minutes as they once again opened up a two-goal cushion. Siem De Jong latched on to an exquisite through ball from Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen, eluded his marker Douglas and slid the ball home past a helpless Mihaylov.
The visitors almost made the perfect start in the first minute through Bryan Ruiz, whose far post volley was saved by Vermeer. Ajax dominated possession in the opening stages as a slightly nervous Twente adopted a deep defensive line but did not create their first real chance until 19 minutes when Sulejmani drilled the ball over the bar.
De Jong's goal opened the match up and Nacer Chadli almost found a lunging Landzaat at the far post on 35 minutes with his ball across the face of the goal. The former Dutch international then went close with a long-range shot, which eluded both Vermeer and the left-hand post just before the end of the first-half.
Ajax responded well to Twente's goal and they should have netted a third when an unmarked Siem De Jong inadvertently helped a superb Lorenzo Ebecilio cross over the bar via his thigh. Moments later, Mihaylov did well to parry Eriksen's shot before he was rather fortunate to survive strong penalty appeals after appearing to bring down De Jong.
The Amsterdam outfit have now won 30 Eredivisie titles, meaning they will sport a third golden star on their shirts from next season. It represents Frank De Boer's first major trophy of his coaching career on his 41st birthday just one week after his side suffered heartbreak, ironically at the hands of Twente in the KNVB Beker final.