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Ajax defeat AZ Alkmaar with brace from El Ghazi in Eredivisie opener

AMSTERDAM - Summer signing Nemanja Gudelj scored on his Eredivisie debut for Ajax in a 3-0 win Sunday at his former club AZ Alkmaar in the first round of the Dutch top flight curtailed by a police strike.

The strike meant that five matches had to be pushed back to Tuesday or Wednesday, including defending champion PSV Eindhoven's season opener at ADO The Hague.

Ajax's match in Alkmaar went ahead despite the absence of police. Winger Anwar El Ghazi scored his team's other two goals before limping off injured as Ajax dominated.

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