Penalties galore in an exciting game
On Saturday night ADO played Heracles Almelo in a return to Eredivisie action following their win in the KNVB Beker, The game turned out to be a game full of entertainment and action for all the fans there.
Heracles began the game the stronger and had ADO on the back foot almost instantly. ADO looked a bit disjointed and the hosts tried to take advantage of this. Yet it was ADO who took the lead in the eleventh minute. A cross by Holla went across the area and a mix of legs and bodies saw an outstretched foot by Omeruo almost poke the ball over the line at the far post, the goal however was awarded as an own goal to the unfortunate Lerin Duarte, 0-1.
In the twentieth minute Heracles were awarded a penalty kick after Beugelsdijk was harshly adjudged to pull down Duarte. The Belgian referee Christof Dierick waved away ADO protests and allowed Willie Overtoom to strike the ball home passed Coutinho, who was back in goal after recovering from injury, 1-1.
Two minutes later and another penalty is awarded, this time to ADO. Beugelsdijk appearing to be fouled by Mike te Wierik. ADO captain Danny Holla took responsibility and easily beat Remko Pasveer in the Heracles goal, 1-2.
Unbelievable!! In the twenty eighth minute, the third penalty in eight minutes was awarded. This time Omeruo clearly fouling Everton Ramos de Silva: Overtoom then taking the penalty and again converting it, 2-2.
After the penalty free for all, the home crowd were screaming for a penalty at the slightest touch by an ADO player on one of there own, could not really blame them the way the game was going.
Thirty two minutes played and Heracles take the lead. A fierce shot by Ninos Gouriye from distance was deflected by the leg of Beugelsdijk, taking the ball past a hopelessly wrong footed Coutinho, 3-2.
The end of the first half was greeted with chers by the home fans and any neutrals in the ground, as the game was a real cracker to watch. What would the second half have in store?
The second half saw Heracles start strong again as in the first, yet ADO began to match them in terms of effort and urgency. The two teams both had scoring opportunities but defences were winning the battles in front of goal.
Just on the hour mark Coutinho had to be substituted after sustaining a thigh injury. His replacement Robert Zwinkels who had played well against Ajax took up his position in goal and was called into action frequently in the following ten minutes, making some good blocks.
ADO got back on level terms in the seventy third minute. A free firmly put away from distance by the impressive Danny Holla, 3-3.
After the equalizing goal it was ADO who became the more aggressive and dominant side, playing the better football and pushing Heracles back for long periods. Chery and Toornstra drove forward at every opportunity and played balls into the danger area, however the forwards could not get the vital last touch to get the rewards for the midfielders’ efforts.
The game eventually played out to a 3-3 draw, ADO unlucky not to sneak it at the end, but in all honesty, neither team deserved to lose this excellent game. ADO continues a great run of away form, yet to lose on their travels this season.
ADO man of the match: Danny Holla; a real captain’s performance.