ADO Den Haag played an historic match on Saturday evening when they played their first ever home game on artificial grass in the Kyocera stadium and what an amazing, exciting game it proved to be.
With the entire ADO team under a lot of pressure to give a big performance many expected a cautious start, yet ADO as in most games went into the game full of drive, only this time it continued throughout the game. Table topping FC Twente at times could not deal with ADO’s approach.
On the new surface ADO’s players adapted quickly, their slick precise passing was a real joy to watch as they tore through the visitors defence. Meijers, Holla were alert to everything around them and dictated everything. When Twente did have the ball ADO’s defenders were quick to close down or put in a crunching tackle. Malone and Beugelsdijk epitomized the teams work ethic.
In the first half ADO were denied a good penalty claim after Alberg was felled inside the box, but the referee waved it away. For twenty five minutes ADO pounded the Twente goal, Holla, Beugelsdijk, Kramer all having efforts, but no joy in finishing off the moves with that all important goal. It looked as though ADO would suffer again of not having a natural goal scorer since the days of Bulykin.
Twente had a decent spell of possession for ten minutes towards the end of the half, Coutinho had to be alert and thankfully Twente’s finishing was not great either, efforts going both high and wide.
The first half had been highly entertaining, the ADO players playing with a passion and pride not seen for a while and the crowd were loving it.
The first half was good but WOW!!! The second half was spectacular. Both teams playing at a high tempo and full of skill. You would never have guessed that these two teams were at opposite ends of the league table.
In the fifty first minute the fuse was lit. A free-kick by Danny Holla was headed home by Danny Bakker, scoring his first ADO goal, the stadium erupted and from the way the players celebrated the goal it was clear to see what a relief it was, 1-0.
Four minutes later ADO extended their lead. Alberg and Gehrt getting in amongst the Twente defenders. A shot from Gehrt is well saved by the keeper but the ball rebounds back out to him. He looked up and played the ball inside to Gouriye who puts the ball into the back of the net, 2-0 and ADO were cruising.
Almost three up. In the sixty forth minute Holla almost scored the goal of his career, from inside the Twente half, he lined up a free-kick and spotted the keeper off his line. He struck the ball sweetly and if floated over the keeper and missed the upright but the width of a cats whisker.
With Twente struggling to cope with ADO they made a double substitution to try and get back at their hosts, as it turned out, the Twente manager had made a good decision. In the sixty eighth minute they pulled a goal back. Several crosses came into the ADO box and were defended well, eventually after yet another cross Castaignos prodded the ball home at the far post, 2-1.
In the seventy fifth minute ADO fans heart skipped a few beats as Twente got back on level terms; a feeling of “oh no not again.” Twente pushed forward and an accurate incisive pass from Djordjevic found Rosales who ran forward and neatly dinked the ball over the advancing Coutinho into the back of the net, 2-2.
A minute later and it was almost 2-3. A long range shot from Castaignos was parried brilliantly by the ADO keeper, the ball fell back out to Djordjevic, however with the goal gaping wide he totally missed his kick and the ball went softly into the hands of Gino, a real let off.
The game continued end to end, the atmosphere was amazing as both sets of fans roared their teams on. This was football as it should be.
In the eighty eighth minute the Kyocera stadium witnessed one of the greatest goal you are ever likely to see ADO score. Mike van Duinen picked up the ball on the left hand side midway inside his own. Then he was off in a manner that has already been compared to Maradona’s goal in the 86 World Cup against England. The ADO forward beat three defenders with ease before unleashing a rocket of a shot that hit the back of the net before the Twente keeper could really react, a real thunderbolt, the fans almost lifted the roof of the stands, stunning, 3-2.
Twente battled until the very end, pressurizing the ADO defenders who stood firm. At the final whistle manager Maurice Steijn leapt into the air screaming, to say he was relieved was an understatement, the players did a lap of honour and were greeted with huge smiles, cheers and even a few tears of joy, stirring stuff.
Man of the match: Tom Beugelsdijk, Dominant and full of fighting spirit.
Attendance: 10, 823