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Young Ajax beat Real Madrid to finish third in Uitgeest

Young Ajax beat Real Madrid 2-0 to finish third at the ICGT Tournament (Internationaal Cor Groenewegen Toernooi) in Utgeest, 30km outside Amsterdam on Monday afternoon.

Sonwabile Mfecane and Oswin Appollis found the back of the net for Duncan Crowie’s troops as they ended their European Tour on a high note.

Having touched down in the Netherlands over two weeks ago, Young Ajax kicked-off of their campaign with a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Terborg Toernooi.

The South Africans duly stormed into the final, but were unlucky not to come up trumps in the showpiece – losing to Brazilian club side Atletico Mineiro to finish as runners-up.

Ajax Cape Town’s Leo Thethani, though, was named as the Player of the Tournament to cap a superb showing in Terborg.

Onto Uitgeest where AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse and Torino awaited in the group stages. Victory over Vitesse was followed by a 1-0 defeat to AZ, but a 5-1 thumping of Torino would seal the Urban Warriors place in the knockout stages as group winners.

Tashreeq Matthews bagged a brace in a 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag in the quarterfinals to set up a re-match against Vitesse. Young Ajax unlucky to miss out on a place in the final with Luke Vester squandering a golden chance to put the Urban Warriors a goal up from the penalty spot in the semifinal showdown.

Ajax Cape Town, though, bounced back in their final game of the tour to leave the Netherlands on a high – defeating Los Blancos through second-half goals from Mfecane and 15-year-old Appollis.

Young Ajax will return to the Mother City on Tuesday, 06 June 2017, with scheduled time of arrival at Cape Town International Airport set for 21h00.

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