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Ajax, Man U in thrilling draw

2012-07-21 16:57

Cape Town - Substitute Bebe scored two minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Manchester United against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday in the second match of a pre-season world tour.

The Portuguese tapped a low cross into the net after Ajax had snatched the lead four minutes from time at a chilly Cape Town Stadium through a looping Alcardo van Graan back-heel from a corner.

New £17m signing Shinji Kagawa from Japan made his first start for the Red Devils and showed many deft touches before squandering a good second-half scoring chance.

United, who defeated AmaZulu 1-0 last Wednesday in the other match on the South African leg of their tour, lacked many first-choice players like Wayne Rooney and captain Nemanja Vidic due to post-Euro 2012 rests, the Olympic Games and injuries.

While United kept possession for lengthy periods at the start of the match, they did not trouble former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld and it was Ajax who created the first chance, only for Zimbabwean Khama Billiat to fire wide.

A few minutes later and Ajax had another half chance, but Terror Fanteni turned too slowly on the edge of the penalty area and his shot was blocked.

Billiat was proving a constant threat to the United defence and won a free-kick on the edge of the box, but the referee spotted a foul when the ball was floated across the goalmouth.

United finally came close to breaking the deadlock on 34 minutes when Antonio Valencia crossed from the right and Javier Hernandez headed goalwards, only to be denied by a flying one-hand save from Westerveld.

Ajax threatened again soon after, only to waste a two-on-one situation through poor ball control, and United goalkeeper Ben Amos breathed a sigh of relief when an edge-of-the-box shot beat him only to finish just off target.

Little Mexican Hernandez got a touch to a low cross but could not prevent the ball trickling wide and the first half ended with Ajax holding their own against the three-time European champions.

United laid siege to the Ajax goalmouth in the early stages of the second half, with Hernandez going close and Ajax defender Nazeer Allie thwarting another threatening situation with a headed clearance.

But the goal would not come and Kagawa wasted a golden chance to break the deadlock just past the hour mark when he sneaked unmarked into the heart of the area, only to head a Hernandez cross wide.

Manager Alex Ferguson rang the changes with 20 minutes left, bringing on new signing Nick Powell, Bebe, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Jesse Lingard for Paul Scholes, Hernandez, Valencia and Anderson.

Having survived a pounding from United, Ajax started to push forward entering the final 15 minutes in pursuit of a winner and Amos needed to get down quickly to push a snap shot away.

Next stop for the Red Devils on the six-match tour is China for a clash with Shanghai Shenhua next Wednesday, and they will also play Valerenga in Norway, Barcelona in Sweden and Hanover in Germany.

Scores:


Ajax Cape Town 1 (Van Graan 86) Manchester United 1 (Bebe 90+2)

AFP

Comments
  • terence.makapan - 2012-07-21 17:26

    I was absolutely disgusted at the amount of manchester supporters compared to the amount of Ajax supporters. Whatever happend to patriotism?

      jacobus.vandermerwe.9 - 2012-07-21 17:40

      We know quality soccer when we see it

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-21 17:49

      It`s like comparring apples to rocks , lol !!

      Ray - 2012-07-21 18:08

      terence-you cannot have an "amount" of supporters but a "number" of supporters.

      Jack - 2012-07-21 21:51

      Have you seen wednesdays game against amazulu.Where were all the amazulu fans.Where were the patriots in durban.Ajax had at least a few thousand fans at todays game.All this 2 games proves is that people will fork out R350 to see internationals rather than R40 for psl match.Attendance for psl is poor all around sa except when chiefs or pirates are around.

      siviwe.mbuku - 2012-07-22 06:46

      What did you expect from Capetonians? Imagine if all Ajax games were well attended then there wouldn't be a white elephant there but that's a dream. Here in Jozi they will never outnumber us.

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-22 09:43

      come on Terence! are you really that ignorant?...Man U is an international world class brand. Obviously majority came to see Man U not Ajax. Btw I supported Ajax but I came to see the "skill" of Man U players.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-07-23 13:18

      @mario, thanks for educating Terence, I'm not sure what he finds so hard to believe.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-21 17:57

    Trophy-less Manure sucks.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-07-23 13:20

      But not as much as your comment does!

  • theodore.adams.73 - 2012-07-21 19:36

    Were did the extra 4min come from...?

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-22 09:38

      so true Theodore, I was at the match and that was exactly what I thought!

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-07-23 13:17

      I was at the match and felt its almost as though they just were allowed to play on until Man U equalised.

  • theodore.adams.73 - 2012-07-21 19:38

    We all know that ManU can only score goals in extra time. You go Ajax you made sa proud.

  • thamifraser - 2012-07-21 20:28

    The football games of Amazula and Ajax Cape Town against Manchester United were good quality. It proves that South African football has got the capacity and talent to produce football that will attract the fans back to the stadiums. Our coaches and players just need to get with the programme and understand what the formula is to attract the spectators back to the game. More than anything, SAFA and the PSL need to understand that they are running football on behalf of South Africans. Football, and any other national sport, belongs to the people of South Africa. It is a national treasure. And we South Africans have every right to demand that the big egos get their act together and act in the national interest.

      namedi.mphahlele.71 - 2012-07-22 03:57

      @Mike Fraser: Nice one!!! Positive, a fair comment and also a constructive criticism.

  • Jack - 2012-07-22 08:38

    Good last 15 minutes.Better atmosphere than durban.The psl bosses must be scratching their heads.People will pack durban and capetown for R350 to watch manutd But wont fork out R40 for psl match to watch amazulu,goldenarrows,maritzburg,ajax or santos.The best 3 averages in psl is 16000,13000,10000 for pirates,chiefs and sundowns.The rest all average 3000-7000.

      hugo.mabasa - 2012-07-23 14:27

      kaizer chiefs vs pirates,chiefs vs sundowns is always sold out you silly ignorant fool

  • Jack - 2012-07-22 08:38

    Good last 15 minutes.Better atmosphere than durban.The psl bosses must be scratching their heads.People will pack durban and capetown for R350 to watch manutd But wont fork out R40 for psl match to watch amazulu,goldenarrows,maritzburg,ajax or santos.The best 3 averages in psl is 16000,13000,10000 for pirates,chiefs and sundowns.The rest all average 3000-7000.

  • chisanmichaelhughes - 2012-07-22 11:55

    I look forward to seeing Nick Powell play. Bebe manages to score doesn't he yet he still seems slow

  • michelle.saralina - 2012-07-23 12:19

    I'm a supporter of both teams, but on the day I had to choose one and it was Ajax CT. No matter the game, the atmosphere was amazing, took me back to the world cup. It wasn't a one sided game,it was a realy good game to watch and I enjoyed every minute of it!!!

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