After the great 3-2 win over Feyenoord last weekend, the ADO team travelled to Heerenveen in high spirits, hopefully they could carry last week’s performance over into this game. The biggest worry for ADO was the threat of Heerenveens leading goal scorer Alfred Finnbogason.
There was one big deciding factor in this game, that no matter what ADO did, they would not be able to change. That was the refereeing display by Ed. Janssen. Two of the decisions breathtakingly unbelievable!
The first half was a total non spectacle. ADO playing a counter attacking game, allowig the home side plenty of possession in the middle of the pitch, mostly it was a tactic that worked, limiting Heerenveen to several very weak efforts on goal that never Coutinho.
The first real chance fell to ADO in the sixteenth minute when a shot from outside the area by Danny Holla forced Kristoffer Nordfeldt in to a diving save to his right.
The game died a death until the thirty fifth minute when Heerenveen’s Hakin Ziyech produced some nice individual to beat two ADO defenders. Thankfully his final shot was not hit too hard and the ball went safely into the hands of Coutinho.
In the final minute of the half, ADO almost got themselves in front. A break forward saw a quick pass from Danny Bakker to Mike van Duinen. The ball got tangled up in the forwards feet and couldn’t get a shot away and was quickly surrounded by three Heerenveen defenders who snuffed out the danger.
I think the fans in the stadium were relieved to hear the half time whistle, it was a half of messy, scruffy football. No side able to create any real chances of note.
The second half saw the home side come out stronger and with more urgency, instantly putting ADO onto the back foot.
Warning signs were starting to show in the fifty fifth minute, a long range drive by Bilal Basacikoglu flew just centimetres over the crossbar. Heerenveen had certainly increased their tempo of play, ADO did not and it was clear to see what was about to happen.
Fifty eight minutes in and Heerenveen took the lead. A free kick on the right from Ziyech floated across the box, Coutinho went low to collect it, despite having both hands on the ball Kenneth Otigba kicked the ball out the keeper’s hands and into the back of the net. A huge surprise when the referee allowed the ball to stand, 1-0.
The home side increased their lead in the sixty seventh minute. Meijers got into a Tussle with Basacikoglu who fell down in the area far too easily. The fact that the referee awarded a spot kick was amazing, it was never a foul. Eredivisie’s top scorer Finnbogason took the penalty kick easily beating Coutinho, 2-0.
It was only in the final ten minutes that ADO applied any pressure. From a long cross field ball, Holla headed the ball down to Roland Alberg, twice he swept the ball goal bound, only for the Heerenveen keeper to make quick brave saves.
ADO kept pushing forward but were caught out again in the second minute of injury time. Rajiv van la Parra out muscled Meijers and shot the ball across Coutinho into the far corner, 3-0.
The final whistle blew and ADO left the field convincingly beaten. Things are not looking good for our home town team. Hopefully things will pick up on Tuesday when they are at home to Heracles.
ADO man of the Match: Tommie Beugelsdijk; Heart and fight, causing problems for Heerenveen at both ends of the pitch.