Ajax has won the Aegon Future Cup for the third time in five years. Saïd Ouaali’s team posted a convincing 2-1 defeat of Liverpool.
Liverpool had defeated Ajax 2-0 in the group phase, but the tables were turned this time. Ajax played some brilliant opening minutes against Liverpool with lots of pressure on the English goal, and opportunities for Darren Sidoel and Donny van de Beek. But the English team’s tactics – to let Ajax attack and then become dangerous themselves with quick attacks – was most effective in the first half. Oluwaseyi Ojo (who, with Harry Wilson, was one of Liverpool’s most outstanding players) scored the 1-0 goal after five minutes. After that, the game didn’t change much. Ajax was dominant, but Liverpool had the best opportunities thanks to their quick forwards.
After the break, Ajax continued to apply pressure. A close range shot by Abdel Nouri was blocked, and later on the ball hit the English crossbar after a scrimmage. In the 46th minute, thanks to a beautiful attack, Ajax struck gold. Nouri sent Vaclav Cerny down, and the latter kept an overview and sent Adham El Idrissi to score from nearby. In the closing minutes, Ezra Walia was brought in and Ajax got a bit more space in front. Thanks to the Ajax centre forward’s continuous hunting, the ball landed into the goal, via a Liverpool player.
Final: Liverpool - Ajax 1-2
3/4th place: Anderlecht - AC Milan 0-1
5/6th place: Celtic - Benfica 1-1 (Celtic wns)
7/8th place: Corinthians - Fenerbahce 3-1