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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belgian Leads PSV Past Amsterdam


AMSTERDAM -- PSV Eindhoven beat Ajax Amsterdam 3-0 in the Dutch Supercup helped by two goals from new signing Marc de Gryse.

Sunday's season curtain raiser, renamed the Johan Cruyff Cup, is played between last season's Dutch league winner, Ajax, and the winner of the domestic cup competition.

Cruyff, a former Ajax star, presented the cup to PSV.

Ajax had won the cup the last three seasons.

After a goalless first half, the match exploded when Rene Eijkelkamp fired a shot between Van der Sar and his left-hand post in the 48th minute.

De Gryse, a Belgian who played last season with British club Sheffield Wednesday, scored his first, and PSV's second, in the 60th minute, beating Ajax goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from a tight angle.

De Gryse's second came in the 78th minute to put the match beyond Ajax's reach.

Signaling a possible shift in the balance of power in Dutch soccer, PSV had looked likely to score before the break.

In the 15th minute, Dutch international Wim Jonk rattled the Ajax goal with a powerful shot which beat Van der Sar only to hit his left post.

With its most potent striker, Patrick Kluivert, on the bench, Ajax looked short of firepower up front.

Finnish international Jari Litmanen came the closest to breaking Ajax's goal drought when he curled a left-foot shot past PSV goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus only to see it rebound to safety off the inside of the post in the 31st minute.


Cameroon's Patrick Mboma and France striker Patrice Loko scored in the dying minutes to give Paris St. Germain a 2-0 home win over Caen to put it level with maximum points on top of the French first division.

Lens came from behind to beat promoted Nancy 3-1 and go top on goal difference, while champions Auxerre, 2-0 winners at home against Lille, PSG and Bastia also have six points and exactly the same goals records after two rounds of the new championship completed Friday.

European Cup Winners' Cup holder PSG, determined to win the league title it let slip from its grasp last season, was all over promoted Caen at Parc des Princes with its Brazilian playmaker Leonardo in superb form.

But the Parisians looked like they would get no more than a point for their efforts until their pressure finally told with Mboma's goal in the 88th minute. Loko secured the points when he scored in injury time.

Marseille, which made such a promising return from second division ignominy with a 3-1 home win over Lyon a week ago, looked set for another success win when it went ahead at Le Havre.

Striker Xavier Gravelaine, who hit the crucial second goal against Lyon, became the only player to score twice so far in the championship when he found the net in the 40th minute.