Mario Götze screamed his joy loud with the silver winner cup in his hand. And also the outgoing coach Roger Schmidt went after the cup victory with the PSV Eindhoven with clenched fists and euphorically cheering on his knees.
“I am very proud to be coach of this team. What I saw today is incredible,” said Schmidt. On Easter Sunday, ex-world champion Götze and his team had won in a gripping finale with 2: 1 (0: 1) against Ajax Amsterdam and triumphed for the tenth time in the Dutch football cup.
For the PSV it was the first title in this contest since 2012, Ajax played the third triumph in series and the chance of the double.
Off in Europe follows the cup victory
“I like this team and what she has shown today,” Schmidt said after his team had left the Conference League against Leicester City on Thursday in the quarterfinals. “Obtained in this way is really phenomenal,” said the 55-year-old, who leaves the PSV after the season. The former Leverkusen Bundesliga coach should stand by media reports from a commitment to Benfica Lisbon.
Ajax, on the other hand, fights for at least one title this season. In the championship, the club is five gaming days before the end of the season’s four meters from Eindhoven at the top. In the Champions League, Ajax was excreted in the second round, before the season, the club had already lost the game around the Supercup against the PSV and Schmidt.
The Dutch Ryan Gravenberch brought Ajax to a double pasAjax with the ex-Bremer Davy Classes (23rd minute). PSV turned the game after the break by a double strike of Erick Gutierrez (48.) and Cody Gakpo (50th).
As the police announced, 22 persons were arrested around the game, among other things because of brawls and because of throwing fireworks. Three persons were injured. In the stadium, it had come to short clashes between fans after the PSV leadership, which were quickly under control. In addition, before the game on a highway four buses with around 200 AJAX fans had been stopped, half of the fans were sent back to Amsterdam for intentional control bypass and drug ownership.