Huntelaar delivers Ajax Gatorade Cup

Huntelaar delivers Ajax Gatorade Cup

As he has done often this season, Klaas Jan Huntelaar won an important match for Ajax. This time the mid-season signing scored the winning goal in the Gatorade Cup final against PSV (2-1). Huntelaar had also opened the score against the Dutch champions.

Euforic Ajax players celebrated winning the 16th national Cup in the history of the club. Klaas Jan Huntelaar, the top goal scorer in Holland, had again proven his worth for Ajax. In the semifinal, he had scored seconds before the end against Roda JC, and now champions PSV had to suffer the same fate. Nourdin Boukhari crossed from the left and Huntelaar was quicker than PSV's Michael Ball and put in the winning goal: 2-1 in the 93rd minute.

Early in the second half Huntelaar had also scored Ajax's first goal when he headed in a good corner kick by Wesley Sneijder. It was the sign for the match to get properly going. In the first 45 minutes, both sides played carefully, with PSV getting the better but still relatively harmless chances.

Once 1-0 down, PSV seemed to revive. Former Ajax player Michael Lamey got the ball after a scrimmage and he fired it past Maarten Stekelenburg, who again played a solid match: 1-1.

In the heat of the ensuing battle, the Cup final provided a bitter end for Tomás Galásek. The Czech midfielder, who played his last match for Ajax, saw a second yellow card and was sent off. Fortunately for his team, not much later PSV were reduced to ten as well, when Lamey fouled Ryan Babel, who had replaced Markus Rosenberg at halftime, for the second time and he too received his second yellow card.

With the numerical equality restored, Ajax regained the upper hand. With Huntelaar's last-second goal as a reward.

Holland coach Marco van Basten presented the Gatorade Cup to captain Tomás Galásek after which the players and coaches had the opportunity to celebrate with the Ajax fans.