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Ajax claim Johan Cruyff Shield (

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Goals scored by Rosales, Perez and Sneijder gave Ajax a 3-1 victory over PSV in the Johan Cruyff Shield contest, the traditional opening game of the season, at The Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday night. Just like at last season’s start, Ajax lifted the Johan Cruyff Shield. Curtain raiserThe meaningless curtain raiser between ruling champions PSV and cup winners Ajax will not be the topic of conversation for a very long time. Ajax took their chances efficiently and PSV were sloppy when they earned opportunities. The crowd showed a rather lukewarm response and just a few hundred PSV fans had made the trip to the Amsterdam ArenA. PSV will now focus on the next Sunday’s Eredivisie opening game in the Eindhoven Philips Stadium, when they welcome N.E.C. Nijmegen. FarfánPSV could not dominate proceedings. Ajax played a compact defence and PSV found it hard to create openings. On the half hour mark Koné cut into the area and wanted to set up Farfán, but an Ajax defender did well to deny the Peruvian with a late tackle. Vennegoor of Hesselink had threatened before with a firm header. Koeman played Timmy Simons in the heart of defence, together with Alex. Goalkeeper Moens deputised for Gomes, who served a two-match ban, and he put in a fine performance, although he was hardly ever called into action. He could not be blamed for the opening goal, scored by Rosales from close range on seven minutes. Cocu goalCaptain Cocu leveled the score straight after the break. Väyrynen delivered a glancing header and Cocu was in the right place to tap in the rebound; 1-1. PSV were the stronger team and created a few chances, but Kenneth Perez put Ajax again on top twenty minutes from full time. One minute after the Dane had been brought on as a substitute, he pounced on the rebound, after Moens had pushed away a Stam effort. Ten minutes later Wesley Sneijder wrapped up the game with the finest goal of the night. He fired home a well-struck shot from some twenty yards. Koeman granted Lee some playing time in the closing stages, but soon after the young American had come on, the final whistle went.