Ajax of Holland and Sandvikens of Sweden drew 2-2 today before an estimated 10,000 spectators in the first soccer match ever to be held here in the Rand Stadium between two foreign teams.
Ajax of Holland and Sandvikens of Sweden drew 2-2 today before an estimated 10,000 spectators in the first soccer match ever to be held here in the Rand Stadium between two foreign teams. The first half, which ended at 1-1, was scrappy as both teams struggled to find a smooth touch in the goalward movements. The second half was much more exciting with the play swinging from end to end.
Ajax with their taller harder shooting forwards perhaps had the edge - and with a little more luck might have won.
Certainly the Ajax inside left, Piet van der Knil, was the most constructive player on the field.
In the sixth minute of play Sandvikens were awarded a penalty when the Ajax goalkeeper, Pieters-Graafland, pushed L Andersson from behind. Lundberg scored from the spot. The referee blew his whistle constantly as body checking and barging infringements mounted. Ajax then took command. Twice the Swedish goalkeeper Olsson saved his side from the tall hard shooting Dutch forwards as Van der Kuil showed why he has been selected to play in 16 internationals for Holland.
Ajax levelled in the 23rd minute when their big centre forward Bleyenberg headed a short lob over Olsson's head (1-1)
Play sharpened after half-time with Sanvikens having the better of the exchanges. Ajax took the lead in the 49th minute when they switched to the Sanvikens the inside left, blazed home from 15 yards out. Four minutes later, however, Sanvikens equalised as Lundberg and Pieters-Graafland all end up. (2-2)