ADO Den Haag 0-2 Feyenoord
The miserable grey day matched the faces of the ADO support as they left the stadium. ADO truly deserved at least a point from this game. The endeavor and commitment was there throughout the side, all fighting from the heart and yet luck decided it was not to be their day.
Feyenoord kicked of and were put instantly on the back foot by a high tempo ADO side; the visitors not being allowed to settle in to any pattern of play. The early exchanges, although energetic did not brighten the dull afternoon for any of the spectators.
The first opening came ADO’s way on the ten minute mark. Cornelisse controls the ball on the right touch line, looks up and plays it forward to Verhoek. The cross is quick and Feyenoords keeper Darley Ramon Torres completely misses his punch clear. Only the quick reaction of Feyenoord defender Bary Schenkeveld prevented Soltani from nodding home an easy header. The resulting corner by Cornelisse swung in viciously and helped by the strong winds deceived everybody and sailed just over the bar and out for a goal kick.
The game became a dire spectacle until the twenty second minute when Feyenoord were awarded a free kick after a clumsy challenge by Kum on Ron Vlaar. Luigi Bruins hit the kick perfect weight and height to Roy Makaay, who was in so much space it was unbelievable. Makaay’s freedom allowed him to hit the ball right footed goal bound forcing Ditewig in to a fine reaction save, pushing the ball over the bar. The resulting corner taken by Bruins was deep in to ADO’s penalty area where Ron Vlaar raced in unmarked to power a header home passed the static Ditewig, 0-1.
After the goal until the end of the half, both teams cancelled each others forward forays out. ADO had more of the possession, but was unable to break through the Feyenoord midfield and defence.
The second half began much the same way as the first one ended. Lots of energy and willingness, but the skill level just not there to cause any excitement. It was not until the fifty seventh minute that the home support was able to cheer anything of note. A corner o the right taken by Verhoek is met powerfully by the head of Buijs. The ball almost reaches Derijck, whose reaction time was a bit slow and Torres in the Feyenoord goal managed to smother the ball at his feet. A golden opportunity goes begging.
ADO got the game by the scruff of the neck and attacked with speed and fortitude. At times Feyenoord were just happy to punt the ball up field to give a stretched defence some respite. Yet despite the pressure, ADO did not create any meaningful chances. Vicento was guilty of missing a clear scoring chance. Soltani played the ball down the right side to Santy Hulst. His cross is perfect towards Vicento, all he had to do was swing his right boot and it would have been all even. For some reason known only to him, he tried the spectacular jump with a back heel and the ball rolled harmlessly out for a goal kick. To say his team mates and fans were unhappy would be the understatement of the season.
Eighty two minutes and ADO thought they had grabbed an equalizing goal. Milic controlled the ball well on the edge of the Feyenoord penalty area and instantly plays the ball inside to Buijs; his strike is fierce but strikes the back of Vicento. The deflected ball rolls out to Cornelisse who smashes the ball passed Torres almost bursting the net. Wild celebrations ensued as Cornelisse cartwheeled down the touchline with joy, only to be ended abruptly by the referees whistle after judging he was offside when the ball ricocheted off Vicento.
Ninety minutes up and ADO earned themselves a corner kick. ADO manager Raymond Atteveld ordered Ditewig forward to try and gain at least a point from the game. This gung-ho attempt of salvation almost back fired on ADO. The corner fell quickly in to the hands of Torres, who on seeing Ditewig way out of goal launched a long ball forward. The wind held the ball up, so it ended in a race, two forwards versus the keeper. It looked odds on that ADO would lose another goal. However, some how Ditewig managed to jump and twist like a leaping salmon and kick the ball away to safety. This amazing action deservedly got the loudest cheer of the day.
With ADO pushing forward, spaces were appearing at the back. Eventually they were undone by their own sloppy defending. Feyenoords Leroy Fer managed to get amongst three ADO defenders and after a few shakes and shimmies he got himself to the by line; he looked up and played a simple ball across the box to the waiting Andwele Story who gratefully tapped the ball home, making it 0-2.
The play resumed for another thirty seconds before the final whistle blew. Despite the defeat there was no booing by the home support. ADO had gone about the game in the right spirit. On another day they could have won easily with the amount of possession they had. Feyenoord had done a professional job, stuck to their task and gained the three points.
After this result, ADO now lie in the relegation zone on goal difference. Last season they started well and dropped by the winter break, but their football standard had dropped too. This time around, they are dropping down the league, but are still playing good passing and flowing football. It seems to me that luck is against them right now. I wonder what the future holds now. I just hope they stick to their principles and continue to play the kind of attractive football the fans want to see.
Man of the Match: Yuri Cornelisse, human dynamo today, never gave up the chase.
Attendance 13, 800