Ajax humiliated in cup final


Zwolle players celebrate after beating Ajax

Ajax suffered a 5-1 humiliation in Sunday’s Dutch Cup final at the hands of unheralded Zwolle with the match held up when angry fans of the Amsterdam giants pelted the pitch with smoke-bombs and fireworks.

PEC Zwolle, based 120km to the north-east of Amsterdam, were a goal down after just three minutes before sprinting into a 4-1 lead at the break on their way to their first Dutch Cup triumph.

But the game was twice held up — including for half an hour just after the start — when Ajax fans hurled flares on to the pitch and play was delayed to allow smoke to clear.

 Zwolle players celebrate after beating Ajax

Zwolle players celebrate after beating Ajax

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Ricardo van Rhijn put Ajax ahead after three minutes but Ryan Thomas and Guyon Fernandez scored two each before half-time to put Zwolle in charge.

Bram van Polen added the fifth after 50 minutes.

Zwolle qualify for the Europa League while Ajax are on the verge of a 33rd league title which they can secure next Sunday.