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Amsterdam ArenA, 3 August 2011

Ajax U13 2-2 Man Utd U13
Ajax '95 1-0 Holland '98
Ajax 1-2 Edwin's Dream Team

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03/08/2011 19:20, Report by Adam Marshall

Edwin says his farewells

Edwin van der Sar bowed out of football on a high during an emotional testimonial night in Amsterdam.

Ajax staged a fitting tribute to the great goalkeeper and the evening ended with several United stalwarts - Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney - turning out in Edwin's Dream Team.

Gary Neville also played for the star-studded side, managed by Sir Alex, who took the lead at the start of the second half when Everton's former Red Louis Saha latched onto Ferdinand's through ball to score. Van der Sar was beaten by a Rodney Sneijder rocket that came back off a post and Derk Boerrigter stroked in the rebound for the equaliser.

Carrick was replaced in the first half by Edgar Davids and a number of substitutions took place as the match was played at a pedestrian pace but a goal of genuine quality proved decisive. Giggs and Rooney were heavily involved in the build-up and Dennis Bergkamp drilled in an unerring finish.

In the earlier games, United's Under-13s drew 2-2 with their Ajax counterparts thanks to two goals by Callum Gribbin. Edwin's son Joe played in goal for the young Reds and Melle Meulensteen also got a run-out. Van der Sar (Senior) then kept a clean sheet as Ajax '95 beat Holland '98 through a Marc Overmars strike.

Edwin's Dream Team: Van der Sar; Neville, van Bronckhorst, Ferdinand, Vidic; Carrick, Giggs, Zenden, Kuyt; Rooney, Saha.

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