Twente beat Ajax to clinch Dutch Cup

9th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Sunday's Dutch Cup final between FC Twente and FC Ajax came down to the last minutes of extra time. In the end, it was Twente's Austrian striker Mark Janko who headed in the ball to score the winning goal.

This is the third time Twente have taken home the Dutch Cup, after winning it in 1977 and 2001.

First half: Ajax ahead The first half saw Ajax take the lead with Demy de Zeeuw shooting past veteran goalkeeper Sander Boschker. Twente stayed calm, but Ajax found another hole in the 40th minute when Lorenzo Ebecilio surprised Boschker with a shot which was deflected by Twente midfielder Wout Brama.

Twente came back just before halftime with Brama's shot on Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.

Second half: Twente tie it up The second half saw Twente tie it up in the 56th minute when Luuk de Jong crossed the ball and Theo Janssen put it in the net. After the equaliser, neither team seemed to be able to score, with Ajax strikers Ebecilio and Siem de Jong coming close, hitting the post and shooting just wide respectively. And then the game went into overtime.

Overtime: last minutes Ajax substitute Daley Blind almost ended the game in the first half of overtime, but his header hit the crossbar. In the end, it was a free-kick for Twente four minutes before the whistle that gave them the advantage. Theo Janssen curled the ball into the penalty area and substitute Marc Janko headed in the winning goal.

In just one week the teams will meet again - next Sunday the league title will be decided when Ajax take on reigning champions Twente in Amsterdam.

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