Pelle equalizes late as Feyenoord draws with Ajax

Associated Press Modified: October 28, 2012 at 11:17 am •  Published: October 28, 2012
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Graziano Pelle scored a 90th-minute equalizer Sunday to salvage a 2-2 draw for Feyenoord against 10-man Ajax.

Pelle controlled the ball on his chest and slammed it past Kenneth Vermeer to secure a point for Feyenoord 15 minutes after Ajax defender Niklas Moisander was sent off for his second yellow card.

Pelle almost snatched a win in injury time but Vermeer tipped his powerful header over the bar.

Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he fired in from the left after a pass from Ryan Babel, and 18-year-old newcomer Jean-Paul Boetius equalized six minutes later for Feyenoord.

"It was a great feeling to score," Boetius said. "All in all this was a dream afternoon for me."

Ajax went ahead again when Siem de Jong deflected Eriksen's free kick into the net early in the second half.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer was disappointed with his side's second straight league draw, after last week's 3-3 deadlock against Heracles Almelo. Between the two draws, Ajax beat Manchester City 3-1 midweek in the Champions League.

"We gave away a lead late in the game as we did against Heracles," De Boer said. "We have only got two points from our last two league matches and that's not enough."

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