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Calvin Bassey sees red after 17 mins into Ajax debut

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Calvin Bassey was sent off just 17 minutes into his Ajax debut against PSV in the customary Dutch league season curtain-opener at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam on Saturday evening.

Bassey battling for the ball with Joey Veerman of PSV

Bassey battling for the ball with Joey Veerman of PSV Credit: AFP

Bassey was introduced in the 62nd minute in place of Owen Wijndal with scores level at 2-2, but preceding actions turned out a debut the Nigerian international will be in a hurry to forget as PSV netted two goals in seven minutes to lead 2-4 .

Ten minutes after Bassey’s introduction, Ghanaian forward Mohammed Kudus pulled one back for Ajax in the 72nd-minute to reduce the deficit to 3-4 .

However, in the 78th minute, Bassey was adjudged to have lunged a clumsy tackle on Moroccan midfielder Ismael Saibari after VAR was used to review his challenge.

The former Rangers left back was initially showed a yellow card, but after a review it was upgraded to a red card. An incident that meant that Bassey only saw action for 17 minutes after coming on a second half sub.

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Indeed, it was a nightmare debut for the Nigerian international, who joined Ajax from Glasgow Rangers of Scotland less than a month ago and only secured a late work permit to be eligible for the game.

Interestingly, the hat-trick from Guus Til alongside contributions from Cody Gakpo and new kid on the block from Paris Saint-Germain Xavi Simons was all PSV needed to secure their 13th Super Cup, claiming  the Johann Cruyff shield with a 5-3 win over Ajax.