PSV beat Ajax in exciting final and become cup winner again after ten years

PSV won the KNVB Cup again on Sunday and defeated Ajax ten years later. The Eindhoven team came from behind in the convincing final in De Kuip and won 2-1.

Halfway through the first half, Ryan Gravenberch put Ajax at 0-1 and that was the halftime score. The early goal by PSV striker Eran Zahavi was rejected for offside, as was the goal by Ajax right back Noussair Mazraoui.

Two PSV goals in the first five minutes after the break were fatal for Ajax. Érick Gutiérrez took a free kick from Cody Gakpo (1-1) in the 47th minute and Gakpo made it 2-1 after three minutes. Shot from 20 yards after a mistake by Lisandro Martínez.

The rest of the game was a lot of fun. Davy Klaassen’s goal was disallowed for offside and Dusan Tadic’s shot hit the post. As a result, they remained 2-1, making PSV the cup winner again ten years later.

Earlier this season, PSV also defeated the team from Amsterdam on the Johan Cruijff Scale (0-4) and Roger Schmidt’s team also had a chance at the title. Eredivisie leader Ajax is four points ahead with five rounds to go.

In Photos: The best images from the cup final

Ajax fans cry for penalty

In their first KNVB Cup final in a full Kuip since 2019, it was PSV who started strong three days after their tough Conference League game against Leicester City. Twelve minutes later the prize seemed to come to Eindhoven, but Zahavi’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Ajax then took the game into its own hands. Amsterdam fans behind the goal clamored for a penalty when Tadic ran over Joey Veerman’s leg, but referee Danny Makkelie waved. A few minutes later, the Ajax fans were still cheering. Gravenberch took a low kick from the edge of the penalty area in the 23rd minute and, just like last year, scored the opening goal against Vitesse in the cup final.

Four minutes later Ajax could even score 0-2. Surprisingly, Brian Brobbey, who was preferred as a striker to Sebastien Haller, was unable to send the ball to the far post. Ajax scored again in the first half, but the goal was undone again. This time it was Mazraoui’s shot and it was Tadic who was offside.

PSV scored two goals at the start of the second half.


PSV scored two goals at the start of the second half.

PSV scored two goals at the start of the second half.

Photographer: FATHER

Tadic hit the post

It seemed as if nothing was going on for Ajax, but everything changed in the first five minutes after the break. Gutiérrez scored the first goal from the free kick of Gakpo’s Ibrahim Sangaré (1-1), and three minutes later PSV even took the lead. A weak pass from Martínez was stopped by the spacious Gakpo. Defeated Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with a hidden kick.

Because of the backlog, Ajax had to get back to work. Klaassen scored a cross from Brobbey, but for the third time in the final a goal was disallowed for offside due to interference by the VAR. Minutes later, Tadic hit the post from a difficult angle.

So it was a fantastic final, in which Ajax hoped to put something in Haller’s place in the last twenty minutes. Another Ajax substitute, Perr Schuurs, parried his shot from PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo.

PSV, on the other hand, had a chance to counter, but luck was not wasted on Bruma’s place. In the final phase, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag allowed Mohamed Ihattaren to make his debut. He couldn’t tell the difference either. Yorbe Vertessen approached the 3-1 with a kick on the post.

In the final phase, Mohamed Ihattaren made his debut for Ajax.


In the final phase, Mohamed Ihattaren made his debut for Ajax.

In the final phase, Mohamed Ihattaren made his debut for Ajax.

Photographer: FATHER

Source: NU

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