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Calvin Bassey keeps 100% Ajax record with another spotless display against Utrecht

Ajax have not conceded a single goal when Calvin Bassey has played in the league this season

Calvin Bassey arriving for the match against FC Utrecht (Twitter/Ajax)

Super Eagles defender Calvin Bassey has continued his good start to the 2022/23 Dutch Eredivisie season with another three points and a clean sheet against FC Utrecht.

The 22-year-old was on hand on Sunday afternoon as the Alfred Schreuder-led side ground to a 2-0 away victory at the Stadion Galgenwaard.

Ajax's victory over Utrecht maintained their 100% league record with four wins out of four matches so far while the Dutch champions have not conceded a goal in the league when Bassey has played for them.

Following up on his victorious Eredivisie debut last week against Sparta Rotterdam, Bassey was selected in the starting XI for the second match in a row, partnering Jurrien Timber in the centre of defence.

The Super Eagles star had his hands full in the opening minutes of the encounter as the home side's front trio of Bas Dost, Moussa Sylla, and Daishawn Redan threatened to grab a breakthrough.

However, Ajax's nerves were calmed early on when Steven Berghuis latched onto an Edson Alvarez assist in the 10th minute to give the visitors the lead.

The match continued to be end-to-end with Ajax's backline routinely called into action to defend swathes of attack from Utrecht as the home side sought to snap back from their winless start to the season.

Berghuis turned provider in first-half added time with Brian Brobbey doubling Ajax's advantage before both teams went in for the break. And that was how it stayed all through the second half as Ajax secured a 2-0 victory over Utrecht.

Bassey was as impressive as ever in the centre of defence. The Nigerian international was the only member of the backline who played the full ninety minutes with the other three defenders either leaving through injury or substitution.

The former Rangers star showed his dexterity on the ball, boasting 74 touches of the ball and distributing 56 accurate passes at a success rate of 90.3%. He also completed two (2) of the three (3) long balls he attempted.

Bassey recorded three (3) clearances and one (1) tackle as well as succeeding with two (2) of the five (5) duels he attempted against Utrecht.

The Nigerian international will hope to get the chance to make his home league debut at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday, September 3 when Ajax welcome SC Cambuur for their Matchday 5 fixture.

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