ADO Den Haag 1 v 2 FC Twente
Well this was yet another week of turmoil within the ADO ranks. This time not bans or injuries’ being the problem, but this time first choice goalkeeper Gino Coutinho has be accused of being involved with crimes of various offences involving money laundering, fraud and a cannabis farm! Thankfully for the club, he was free to play in the game, but was his mind in a suitable state to give his concentration fully to the action in front of him.
Away from the disruptions ADO had a tough match to face up to. FC Twente trying to retain the championship crown won last year under the leadership of former England manager Steve McLaren and battling it out with PSV and Ajax. This with ADO fighting for a fourth spot finish meant this was going to be a great game that both teams needed to win. All this helped to build up the best atmosphere this season within the Kyocera stadion.
The game, although not a classic, was exciting and full of talking points. During the first half both teams had their breaks but ADO looked to be the stronger and had the upper hand. After five minutes and following a surging run by Bulykin, the ball came out to Verhoek inside the area, his shot was hard and low and blocked well by Nikolay Mihaylov in the Twente goal.
In the eighteenth minute Bryan Ruiz made a long run down the left, nobody in the ADO team could get near him, he received the ball as he entered the box close to the dead ball line Coutinho came out to face him and managed to dive bravely at his feet and knock the ball away for a corner.
Just before the half hour mark Toornstra moved forward into space. To his right was Buijs in plenty of space. The ball across the field allowed Buijs to control the ball easily, look up and strike for goal thirty metres out, the ball just missing the left hand upright, very close effort.
Thirty five minutes played and ADO again comes close to getting a break through. Verhoek took a free-kick and launched the ball into the penalty area. Buijs again was the man to cause the Twente defence problems. The ball arrives to him chest high and somehow manages to swivel his body to get a right foot volley in on goal, unfortunately it was directly at the keeper.
The longer the game went on the better it got. In the thirty sixth minute Twente thought they had taken the lead. A cross in from the left was met with what I thought was a perfectly placed and won header by Ruiz, his goal celebration was quickly ended as the referee blew for a foul, which looked to be a harsh decision.
Forty minutes played and ADO where denied a blatant penalty. Bulykin made a quick one two and then played the ball into Vicento, he turned quickly and was about to shoot when his feet were kicked from behind by Douglas. It was a clear penalty but the referee was not interested. Perhaps regretting ruling out Twenty’s earlier goal and was evening things up?
Only three minutes later and ADO again where causing panic in and around the penalty area. This time it was Bulykin feeding an unmarked Vicento into the penalty area. Mihaylov came out to him quickly and was close enough to block the shot at point blank range.
ADO’s fans and players didn’t want the half to end, in total control for the final twenty minutes creating many chances and dominant in the midfield. However the whistle blew and the home team was cheered off by a very appreciative crowd.
The second half began at a high tempo and the game really ignited in the fiftieth minute. ADO had the ball in the central midfield area. Danny Buijs made a run forward towards the penalty area; he slipped the ball out wide to Vicento who clipped the ball back into to where Buijs had continued his run. For a second the goal was gaping, but one touch too many saw his chance disappear as the ball was cleared away to safety.
Two minutes later and ADO faced even more disappointment. Verhoek took a corner on the left and as the ball was floated in, Mihaylov seemed to be tripped by Buijs in his attempt to get the ball; Kum was waiting at the far post as the ball reached him and scrambled it over the line, only to see his goal ruled out.
A ADO looked ready to make one of their chances pay-off, Twente broke quickly, the ball finding Nacer Chadli inside the area, He move towards the goal line and crossed. Ruiz was waiting unmarked at the far post and it was a simple chance for him to put the visitors ahead despite a missed off-side call by the linesman, 0-1.
The home crowd immediately rallied behind their team, the noise was incredible and ten minutes later ADO was back on level terms. A great run down the left by Vicento saw him send a well placed cross into the penalty area. Bulykin was given far to much space by Douglas to control the ball on his chest and then lash it left footed into the back of the net, 1-1.
In the eighty sixth minutes FC Twente got through behind the ADO defence. Emir Bajrami jiggled his way passed Leeuwin and Kum before chipping the perfect cross towards the far post where Luuk de Jong was waiting to nod home the easiest of headers, somehow Coutinho got to the ball, but it rebounded of him and straight into de Jong and over the line, the visiting support went crazy as they saw their championship hopes back on track, 1-2.
During the final minutes ADO threw what they could at the Twente midfield and defence, but they could not get that break they so desperately searched for. The whistle blew for full time and ADO heads on the pitch dropped, but the noise from the home support in honour of the performance was excellent and well deserved. This has been the best display from ADO for weeks, the spark was back and it was only due to two dodgy decisions by the referee Jan Wegereef that caused ADO to miss out on the very least a point.
ADO man of the match: Danny Buijs; great performance from a player who already knows he will not be at ADO next season, great commitment to the cause.