Ajax and AZ Alkmaar finally played their Dutch Cup round of 16 match to completion after the first attempt was abandoned after a pitch invader attacked AZ keeper Esteban. And, as promised, they didn't in front of a crowd comprised solely of children under the age of 13 (plus one adult guardian for every six kids).
In total, there were 20,000 kids in the stands who were given free tickets for the replay on Thursday and as predicted, it sounded more like a tween idol concert than a professional football match. Which, considering some of the vile things that are chanted by adult fans, isn't all bad.
Here's video of the reaction to Siem De Jong's second goal for Ajax five minutes after AZ took a 2-1 lead in the 32nd minute...
AZ ended up beating the home side 3-2, but the kids were treated to an entertaining match and a free one at that. Oh, and no one ran onto the pitch and attacked any of the players.
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