ADO lose to late penalty
Saturday afternoon saw ADO Den Haag take on Belgian club side Cercle Brugge in the second of their pre-season friendlies at the home of HVV Laakkwartier.
The game was a true pre-season friendly; there was no real heart or fight in this clash. The visitors seemed quite happy to allow ADO to have the ball and just defend deep. Cercle rarely broke into the ADO half giving Coutinho a very nice time enjoying the sunshine.
ADO forced the Cercle keeper Bram Verbist into a few saves and also peppered the box with high crosses, which in truth were all wasted.
The second half was not much better, even after both teams made whole sale changes on the hour mark. ADO again had the better chances and it took some good goal keeping by sub keeper Jo Coppens to keep ADO at bay.
It looked as though the game would end goalless only for Cercle to be award a penalty in the ninetieth minute after Beugelsdijk fouled Thomas Debaene inside the area, Karel Vanroose placing the ball into the bottom right corner giving Martijn de Zwart no chance.
ADO put on a lot of pressure in the final minutes of injury but to no avail, Cercle Brugge were the winners, the result was not a fair reflection on the game considering the amount of possession ADO had throughout the ninety minutes.