Ajax U17 will meet Anderlecht in the finals of the ABN AMRO Future Cup on Monday. The U17 team from Belgium qualified for the finals after winning the match against FC Porto in penalty shots. Earlier that day, host Ajax had already qualified for the finals thanks to a 1-0 win against Juventus.
This is the third time in six years that Ajax and Anderlecht’s U17 teams meet in the Future Cup finals. The last two finals between these clubs were both won by Anderlecht. Ajax’s U17, who has been a finalist each year so far, has three titles to its name.
Two-time winner Anderlecht joined the last four teams as number one in pool B. The talents from Brussels were very impressive in the first three matches. They 7-0 goal balance says a lot about the strength of the Belgian team during the group phase. FC Porto reached the semi-finals as number 2 in pool A, behind group winner Ajax.
The semi-final against Porto began badly for Anderlecht. In the fourth minute, defender Wout Faes sent a header behind his own keeper. That was the team’s first goal against of the Future Cup. Seven minutes later, Faes made up for his error. On the rebound, he scored the tying goal: 1-1.
No more goals were scored in the rest of regular time, meaning penalty kicks would decide the outcome. After Anderlecht had missed the first two penalty kicks, the club from Brussels pulled itself together. The penalty kicks ended in 3-1.
The Ajax – Anderlecht final starts at 15:00. Juventus and FC Porto will fight for third place at 13:30. Both matches can be seen live on Fox Sports and Ajax Exclusive TV. You can also come to the Toekomst. Tickets cost 2,50 euro each.