'We fought like lions'

'We fought like lions'

Winning the 2007 Dutch FA Cup was the highlight so far of the season. The Ajax players were very happy with the trophy.

The Ajax players not only showed their joy, but also their fatigue after the Cup final. ,,I had cramp everywhere'', Wesley Sneijder said hile holding the Cup. ,,That's why I asked to be taken off. From the sideline it was even more tense than on the pitch. I looked away from time to time. But we fought like lions and we made it. In the bus we'll have a little celebration and tomorrow we will celebrate the title with our supporters on the Museum Square in Amsterdam.''

Edgar Davids made the decisive penalty on Sunday. ,,This is some consolation for missing the national champioship'', the midfielder said. ,,It's a pity that we cannot celebrate properly, because we have to play our first playoff match on Wednesday against Heerenveen.''

The other hero in the penalty series, Maarten Stekelenburg, enjoyed the atmosphere in the stadium. ,,It felt really fantastic to be out there. Especially after the match'', the goalkeeper joked. ,,I am really very happy with this trophy. It is a reward for a year of hard work.''

Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who scored the first Ajax goal, had a big smile on his face. The striker recognised that it had not been easy for Ajax. ,,When we were reduced to ten, it became really hard. We were lucky on a few occasions.'' The Hunter converted his penalty flawlessly. ,,JYou just focus on the penalty and zone out everything else. It worked''

Jaap Stam, who returned after an injury, p,layed a strong match. He was glad that the penalty series was decided by Davids. ,,I was number nine on the list'', said Stam, who is not very fond of taking penalties. ,,My last one was during Holland - Italy on Euro 2000. That ball is still floating in the stratosphere somewhere.''