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Joshua Zirkzee miss vs Ajax prompts ‘seriousness’ warning for Bayern striker from Nagelsmann

The Dutchman was criticised by his manager after failing to convert from point-blank range in the pre-season friendly clash

Julian Nagelsmann has warned Joshua Zirkzee to demonstrate a “different sense of seriousness” in competitive matches after the Bayern Munich striker’s shocking miss in a friendly against Ajax.

Bayern were held to a 2-2 draw by Ajax in their first home game under new head coach Nagelsmann on Saturday, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Tanguy Nianzou scoring the goals for the hosts.

Zakaria Labyad and Victor Jensen replied for the Dutch outfit, but the German champions might have won the pre-season friendly had Zirkzee been more clinical.

What happened?

Shortly before the half-time whistle at Allianz Arena, Zirkzee capitalised on a loose pass and jinked his way past the final Ajax defender before also rounding the goalkeeper, leaving himself with the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.