Aston Villa 3, Ajax Amsterdam 2
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Aston Villa beat Ajax Amsterdam 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie Friday night in the Gotham Cup exhibition soccer tournament.
Alan Wright’s penalty kick was the winner following successful penalty kicks by Steve Stone and Mark Draper.
Shota Arveladze and Tim DeCler converted penalty kicks for Ajax but spot kicks by Jan Van Halst and Martijn Reuser were saved by goalkeeper David James and Richard Witschge hit the crossbar. Gareth Barry and Gareth Southgate missed for Aston Villa.
Aston Villa advanced to Sunday’s championship against Fiorentina, while Ajax plays Panathinaikos for third place.
Julian Joachim scored in the 13th and 29th minute to put Aston Villa ahead, but Ajax tied it on goals by Nikos Machlas in the 39th minute and Wamberto in the 84th.