Twente beat Ajax to Champions League spot

May 18, 2008

AMSTERDAM, May 18 (Reuters) - Twente Enschede drew 0-0 with Ajax Amsterdam in the Dutch playoff final second leg on Sunday to secure a place in the Champions League third qualifying round 2-1 on aggregate.

Twente will play in the competition for the first time while Ajax, who finished the regular season as runners-up to champions PSV Eindhoven, have to settle for the UEFA Cup.

Twente dominated much of the match although Ajax forward Luis Suarez had the best chance midway through the first half when he shot narrowly wide.

Twente's Youssouf Hersi squandered three opportunities to settle the tie while Swedish midfielder Rasmus Lindgren came close for Ajax in the last minute but Sander Boschker saved.

In the playoff for a UEFA Cup first round place, Jeremain Lens struck in the 62nd minute to give NEC Nijmegen a 1-0 victory at NAC Breda after winning the first leg 6-0.

PSV will enter the Champions League group phase next season while cup winners Feyenoord join Ajax, Nijmegen and Heerenveen in the UEFA Cup.