Ajax wins Johan Cruyff Trophy

12th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 August 2007, AMSTERDAM (AP) - Ajax won the Johan Cruyff Trophy for the third straight year on Saturday, beating PSV Eindhoven 1-0 in the match that pits the Dutch league champion against the cup winner.

13 August 2007

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Ajax won the Johan Cruyff Trophy for the third straight year on Saturday, beating PSV Eindhoven 1-0 in the match that pits the Dutch league champion against the cup winner.

Gabri scored in the 43rd minute for Ajax, taking a pass from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and finishing from close range.

Ajax had several chances to add to its lead, but Huntelaar narrowly missed in the 62nd and Ajax debutante Dennis Rommedahl hit the post in the 75th.

Otman Bakkal had the best chance for PSV in the first half, but his header in the 31st went wide.

Ajax was missing veteran midfielder Edgar Davids, who has a broken leg.

The trophy was renamed in 1996 in honour of Dutch soccer great Cruyff, with the match traditionally played one week before the league opener.

PSV, which last won the trophy in 2003, has lost to Ajax in the last three years.

Ajax meets Slavia Prague in a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday. PSV opens its defence of the Dutch league title on 19 August against Heracles Almelo, while Ajax kicks off its campaign against newcomer De Graafschap.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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