No final for Feyenoord this year

Wednesday’s KNVB Cup semi-final ended in disappointment for Feyenoord, as Ajax won 3-0 at De Kuip. It means that Giovanni van Bronckhorst will leave the club at the end of the season without another trophy to add to his impressive haul during his time as head coach.

Feyenoord conceded early in the corresponding Eredivisie fixture last month, but Wednesday was different. The hosts started brightly and created the best openings. The biggest fell to Sam Larsson, who hit the post with just Ajax keeper André Onana to beat.

Setback ahead of the break
The visitors were dangerous too, with Hakim Ziyech hitting a post and Donny van de Beek having a shot blocked, but the match seemed to be heading into halftime goalless. That changed in the final minute of the first 45. Jordy Clasie slid in to rob Dusan Tadic near the touchline. Though the ball came off Tadic on the way out, referee Kevin Blom signalled a corner, which Matthijs de Ligt headed in powerfully.

The goal was a sliding doors moment, with Feyenoord suddenly unable to create any threat. Ajax soon doubled their lead when Nico Tagliafico scored from close range. It left Van Bronckhorst’s side with a hard task. When the third goal also fell to the visitors – Donny van de Beek on 65 minutes – a rescue mission became virtually impossible.

Cup dream over
Victory earned Ajax a place in the final of the KNVB Cup, with Feyenoord unable to defend their trophy this season. Next up is an Eredivisie fixture against FC Emmen  at De Kuip this Sunday, kick-off 16:45 CET.

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