ADO v PSV Eindhoven

ADO end PSV’s 100% start to the season.

One of the giants of Dutch football came to the Kyocera stadion on Sunday afternoon, PSV Eindhoven were the visitors. A good sized crowd were keen to see if their ADO heroes could perform again as they did last week when beating VVV Venlo 2-3 away from home. PSV have been unsettled a bit this past week due to numerous reports of some of their top stars going to other clubs abroad. How would this affect the visitors? Would it unsettle them or prove to make them stronger as some of their players are definitely in the shop window.

Well ADO didn’t care about who was in or out of the visiting team. From the kick off both teams went for each other full steam ahead. From the outset you just knew this was to be a cracker of a game and so it proved to be.

PSV took an early lead on eight minutes. A long range shot of 24m by Ibrahim Afellay took a slight, yet wicked deflection off an unlucky Verhoek which left Coutinho in the ADO goal totally perplexed giving him no chance to adjust his positioning, 0-1.

ADO in the second half came out full of purpose, not that they lacked any in the first half, but something in the half time team talk must have given them a sense of urgency. ADO piled on the pressure until they got their reward when in the fifty sixth minute Verhoek crossed the ball in from the left to Toornstra who was at the far post, his one touch ball inside fell to Derijck who poked the ball over the line with his left foot, 1-1.

PSV began to get their act together and this match was turning in to a real end to end thriller. The supporters of both teams were lapping up the entertainment being served to them. The noise in the stadium was fantastic. This was football at is best. There was no time wasting and play acting; both teams were out for a win, a truly fantastic contest.

In the seventy third minute, PSV were awarded a free kick. ADO Den Haag then broke an unwritten football rule, you do not make substitutions when a free kick, corner or throw in is about to be taken, but this they did. Ramon Leeuwin was replaced by Aleksander Radosavilevic who made his debut. The kick taken by Balazs Dzsudzsak on the right hand side of the pitch was met by the head of Francisco Rodriguez, the ball helped past the yet again unlucky Coutinho by the head of Lex Immers, 1-2.

ADO driven forward by the crowd continued to force the pace of the game and in the eighty first minute claimed their reward for their tenacity and willingness to fight on. A long free kick taken by Coutinho just outside his penalty area fell deep in the PSV half; some inter play between Toornstra and Dmitry Bulykin saw the ball fed through to Kubik kept his nerve and calmly threaded the ball passed Isaksson in the PSV goal, 2-2. The crowd erupted as though they had just witness ADO winning the championship. The ecstasy on the players’ faces told that very same story too.

The final whistle blew and as the PSV players trudged off the pitch looking dejected, the complete opposite was happening amongst the entire ADO squad. The team even did a lap of honour to give thanks for the boisterous support they had been given by their fans. Liberte was played followed by the football anthem of “You’ll never walk alone.”

It was such a shame for ADO looking back on the goals they conceded; Coutinho didn’t stand a chance as both were put inadvertently passed him by his own players. They really had the beating of PSV, but that is what makes football so exciting.

This is why if you are a football supporter, stuck in The Hague, you should come to the stadium, for a smallish club with an even smaller budget, they can fulfil your every wish as a football follower, highs and lows come each week, today was a total HIGH!

ADO man of the match: Kubik, a dominant performance full of desire and passion for the club and his team mates.

Attendance: 11, 334

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