Ajax beaten by Boca
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boca Juniors condemned Ajax to the wooden spoon in the Amsterdam Tournament.
Boca Juniors condemned Ajax to the wooden spoon in the Amsterdam Tournament after the Argentines claimed a 1-0 win over their Dutch opponents on Sunday.
Ajax had dominated their home tournament in recent years, but they were beaten by Arsenal on Friday and slipped to defeat to the Argentine outfit thanks to a first-half goal from Jose Calvo.
The home side started the game in positive fashion and Wesley Sneijder had a shot saved by Roberto Abbondanzieri.
The Boca keeper produced an even better save on the half hour, as he stuck out a leg to turn Angelos Charisteas' shot to safety after the Greek had been teed-up by a mis-kick from Steve Pienaar.
Boca steadily found their feet and took the lead five minutes before the break when Calvo slotted home off a post after wriggling free in the box.
Ajax came out for the second half with a spring in their step and Sneijder shot wide following good play from Pienaar, while Hatem Trabelsi stung the palms of Abbondanzieri.
The shot was the last noteworthy contribution from Trabelsi, as the Tunisian full back was stretchered from the field of play after being involved in a sickening collision with his own keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Stekelenburg was also unable to continue, with a shoulder injury his problem, but it would appear that Trabelsi came off far worse.
Ajax failed to find a way to goal, despite the impressive arrival of Nicolae Mitea, and Boca finished far the stronger with Martin Palermo, Fernando Gago, Daniel Diaz and Rodrigo Palacio all testing the handling of substitute keeper Bogdan Lobont.
Boca were able to claim a deserved win, with the result confirming Arsenal as winners of the tournament.