Ajax Under 17s have qualified for the ABN AMRO Future Cup semi-finals. Frank Peereboom’s team defeated Galatasaray 2-0, and thus, as Pool A’s winner, are one of the final four teams.
Ajax started off well in the match. In the third minute, Donyell Malen had the first opportunity. His shot was blocked by Galatasaray’s keeper. In the thirteenth minute, Ajax captain Carel Eiting took a shot onto the crossbar. Five minutes later, the goal was scored. An Ajax corner landed at Matthijs de Ligt’s feet, he sent the ball wide and Reda Boultam was in the right spot to score the important 1-0 goal. Ajax was the better team for the entire first half and two minutes before halftime, nearly took a 2-0 lead. Malen was just an inch short after a good pass from Che Nunnely.
In the second half, Ajax continued its hunt for the second goal. In the 33rd minute, Nunnely passed his opponent beautifully and passed perfectly to the free Mees de Wit, who immediately took a shot that hit the crossbar. The rebound was then shot in by Boultam but he saw his attempt ticked over by the Turkish keeper. In the 50th minute, it was Kaj Sierhuis who scored the liberating second goal. After Malen had tried with an overhead shot, the ball landed at the feet of substitute Sierhuis, and he scored with a diagonal shot.
Thanks to this 2-0 win, Ajax qualified for the semi-finals as the number 1 in the pool. This is due to the fact that FC Porto didn’t manage more than a 0-0 draw against Schalke ’04. In order to reach the finals, Ajax needs to defeat Juventus on Monday, Pool B’s second placed team. The match kicks off at 10:00.
Starting line-up Ajax Under 17: Jeffrey de Lange; Navajo Bakboord, Darren Sidoel, Matthijs de Ligt, Conner Blöte; Carel Eiting (C), Dani de Wit, Reda Boultam; Che Nunnely, Donyell Malen, Mees de Wit.