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Zwolle stun Ajax to claim cup

Zwolle stunned Ajax 5-1 in the Dutch Cup final on Sunday to claim the first piece of major silverware in their history.

Defeat for Ajax means the Amsterdam-based giants are denied the opportunity to claim a domestic double - as they close in on a successful defence of their Eredivisie title.

Remarkably, Frank de Boer's side opened the scoring in Rotterdam - but only after the game had been halted for half-an-hour as fireworks were thrown onto the field by excitable supporters.

When play resumed, Ricardo van Rhijn met a third minute corner to powerfully head home off the underside of the crossbar - which led to another volley of missiles entering the field of play.

The players were removed from the pitch once more, and it was to be Zwolle who burst out of the blocks when they returned.

Within three minutes of the re-start, New Zealand teenager Ryan Thomas equalised and four minutes later put his side in front - firing home on the rebound after a Maikel van der Werff free-kick cannoned back of the woodwork.

Guyon Fernandez then raced through on 22 minutes to add a third, and nodded in his second of the evening 10 minutes late as he beat Niklas Moisander in the air.

With Ajax rattled, Zwolle made it five four minutes into the second half and ensured that they finally got their hands on a trophy having previously fallen at the final hurdle in 1928 and 1977.