PEC Zwolle made history after fantastic victory against Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday's final of the Dutch Cup.
Ajax Amsterdam was the favorite in the Dutch Cup final. Club from Amsterdam is on the best way to win the 33rd league title and in previous clashes between Ajax and Zwolle, Frank de Boer's players were better.
Their first meeting in the 2013/2014 season was 14th of September 2013. On Amsterdam ArenA, the home team have won.
Next match, which took place on 9th of February on IJsseldelta Stadion ended with the result 1-1.
However, cup matches and especially cup finals are often very surprising and sometimes the underdogs overcome the favorites. And that happened on Sunday in Rotterdam.
The first XI were as follows:
But all started very unhappily for PEC Zwolle, because already in the fourth minute of play, Ricardo van Rhijn with an atomic shot gave Ajax the lead. The supporters have fallen into a frenzy so big, that they forgot it was the beginning of the match and they started to throw fireworks on the pitch. The amount of pyrotechnics was so great, that the match has to be stopped for 25 minutes. Edwin van der Sar had to calm the fans.
Fot. Ajax Amsterdam
Finally, the match was resumed. Break badly affected the Ajax's players, because after that, they did not even existed. Zwolle's side rushed to attack and amazing things started to happen.
Within next 26 minutes Zwolle have scored four goals - two was shot by Ryan Thomas and another two by Guyon Fernandez. The "Blaumvingers" supporters were delighted, because first title in the club's history was almost certain.
Michael Bell from Football Oranje described the events from De Kuip for us:
- Frank de Boer was on the verge of making history as the first coach to win the domestic treble in Holland, but in the end Ajax were let down by their own fans. Seconds after Ricardo van Rhijn put Ajax 1-0 up on PEC Zwolle after only four minutes with an excellent strike, the game had to be delayed due to their own fans throwing fireworks on the pitch. 25 minutes later the game restarted and Ajax lost all momentum, allowing PEC Zwolle to take charge of the game and score four goals in the space of 26 minutes, with Ryan Thomas and Guyon Fernandez netting doubles. PEC Zwolle added another in the second half as Ajax looked a shell-shocked team, who forgot how to defend as a unit, and looked toothless up front.
Zwolle did something extraordinary. After so many years of their existence, they finally have won their first title. One of the main contributors of this success was Mateusz Klich. The Pole did not score, but he ruled in the midfield.
- Klich was excellent, controlled the midfield and made things happen in the first half. Klich has been the star for PEC Zwolle throughout this season, and will have surely attracted attention from a number of bigger clubs. - said Michael Bell.
But what the future holds for Klich? Two more matches in Eredivisie and battle to maintain 9th place in league and if he will stay in Zwolle, battle in next years Europa League. But now it is time to celebrate.