For their second away game in a row ADO Den Haag went to Breda still searching for that elusive first point of the season. On paper this was a game ADO should win?
The game was a real drab affair from the start. Both teams were making simple errors all too often. Possession was being away all over the pitch, the fans were frustrated from very early on.
The only incidents from the first half was the injury to ADO’s Kevin Jansen in the twenty fourth minute. After jumping for a high ball he fell awkwardly twisting his knee on landing. It it always a bad sign when players close to him immediately were shouting for the trainer to come on. After several minutes of treatment he was taken away by stretcher, as he left the field he was given a great farewell by both sets of fans.
In the final minute of the half NAC came close to taking the lead. A free-kick from wide on the left was driven in hard by Jordy Buijs. The ball flew through the packed penalty area and crashed against the bottom of the far post.
The first half ended and neither goal keeper had to make a save. It was such a dull game, time dragged and everybody was hoping for a more interesting second half.
ADO started the second half brightly and had a few small chances. Ricky van Haaren making himself busy, bustling around the midfield with a feel of urgency to motivate things. His exuberance however did earn him a yellow card after flattening Jeffrey Sarpong.
ADO were improving and both Tommie Beugelsdijk and Mike van Duinen were unfortunate not to score with headers right in front of goal. At the other end Gino Coutinho was finally called into action to save a shot by Alex Schalk.
Gino was called into action again in the seventy third minute, this time saving with his legs from an effort by Sarpong.
As the sound of “Haagse Kwartiertje” from the away fans high in the stand behind the goal the game ignited. A superb long ball by van Haaren found Aaron Meijers. His touch was good and made space to unleash a thunderbolt of a strike from twenty five metres out. The ball flew past the despairing dive of Jelle Ten Rouwelaar into the back of the net, 0-1.
In the eighty third minute ex ADO player puts the ball forward for Schalk to chase, as he raced into the box Coutinho charged to meet him and as they both jumped at the ball, the players collided in what was a fifty-fifty challenge, however referee Gozubuyuk award a penalty to NAC. Schalk himself stepped up to take the spot kick and beat Coutinho, sending him the wrong way, 1-1.
In the dying seconds of normal time, Steijn made a last substitution, taking of Jerson Cabral and replacing him with Michiel Kramer; and what a stroke of genius that move turned out to be.
In the ninety second minute NAC were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Sarpong’s effort hit the defensive wall, as did the second follow up shot. ADO passed the ball out wide to Mitchell Schet. The long ball that followed looked like just a time wasting exercise, however former ADO player Gill Swerts totally misjudged the flight of the ball and his touch gave Kramer time and space to slot the ball into the back of the net, 1-2.
ADO had snatched victory with almost the last kick of the game, the players and fans were deliriously happy. Finally ADO now had a win under their belt which is sure to raise the confidence level within the squad.
ADO man of the match: Ricky van Haaren