Ajax have reached the third round of the Dutch FA Cup. The team defeated amateur side Kozakken Boys only after overtime. A deflected shot by Dennis Rommedahl rescued Ajax from an embarrassing early exit.
The amateurs were hoping for a ‘PSV-scenario’. Last season Kozakken Boys played a cup match against PSV at home, and narrowly lost. Despite the loss, the team's morale had been strengthened.
Against Ajax, Kozakken Boys also gained confidence. Little less than a week after the UEFA Cup match against Dinamo in Zagreb, Ajax took very long to distance themselves from the home team. In the first half, John Heitinga had shot in a penalty after Ismael Urzaiz had been brought down in the box: 0-1.
But the visitors played in a very low pace. Goalkeeper Erik Heijblok, who made his debut, had to save on several occasions and he did that well. But two minutes before the end, it all went wrong for Heijblok. Looijen shot the ball through the goalkeeper's legs to tie the match (1-1).
Dennis Rommedahl helped last season's Cup winners reach the next round. The Dane's shot was defelected and landed in the goal. Just as he had done six days earler, Romedahl scored another important goal and this time he helped save his team from an embarrassing early exit in the Cup.
Siem de Jong also made his debut in Ajax 1 against Kozakken Boys. He came on in the 80th minute. The 18-year old helped his team reach the next round with a solid effort.