Holland: FC Twente claim Super Cup in Amsterdam (+video)
The Dutch domestic season began in earnest yesterday at Ajax’s Amsterdam ArenA with the annual Super Cup match, known as the Johan Cruijff Schaal, played between last season’s Eredivisie (Dutch league) champions FC Twente Enschede and KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) winners Ajax Amsterdam. With home advantage Ajax were the slight favourites going into the game but it has been anything but an uneventful summer for the four-time European champions who fought tooth and nail to keep their coach Martin Jol at the club following interest from English Premier League club Fulham FC. The match got under way and within eight minutes Ajax were behind when FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong took advantage of a poor goalkeeping clearance from Maarten Stekelenburg and powered the ball past the hapless Ajax keeper. The match didn’t get any better for Ajax as Uruguayan Luis Suárez, back after a successful FIFA World Cup tournament in which his team reached the semi-finals, was sent-off with three minutes of the first half remaining for a two-footed lunge on Cheick Tioté. After a first half in which FC Twente dominated Ajax became more of an attacking force in the second half but, if truth be told, the Amsterdam club were very much second best overall. FC Twente won the trophy for the first time in the club’s history with their only previous appearance coming in 2001 when they were defeated by PSV Eindhoven. Is this victory a sign that the Enschede club can move on without Steve McClaren? Their current coach Michel Preud’Homme certainly hopes so….
Watch FC Twente v Ajax highlights HERE: