European Football - Ajax reach cup final and stay on course for double

Lasse Schone scored a spectacular free-kick as Ajax Amsterdam kept up their bid for a domestic double by beating AZ Alkmaar 1-0 to book a place in next month's Dutch Cup final against PEC Zwolle.

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European Football - Ajax reach cup final and stay on course for double
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Ajax Amsterdam player Lasse Schone (AFP)

The Danish midfielder scored in the 48th minute after both teams had a player sent off and AZ Alkmaar missed a penalty in a game that started slowly before springing into life.

Ajax defender Joel Veltman was sent off in the 33rd for two cautions in as many minutes, with the second booking coming after he gave away a penalty that AZ's Aron Johannsson failed to convert.

AZ were also reduced to 10 men when Mattias Johansson was sent off two minutes into the second half.

PEC Zwolle grabbed a late winner to beat NEC Nijmegen 2-1 in Wednesday's other semi-final. The final is in Rotterdam on April 20.

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