After the International break, ADO Den Haag entered the final six games of the regular season with an away fixture to S.B.V. Excelsior of Rotterdam. ADO were at the start of play in fourteenth position in the Eredivisie on 28 points, only 3 points and two places above the relegation play-off zone. The away end was full of ADO fans wearing special green T-Shirts with “Bring back the passion” printed on them. They needed to really get behind the team, as so far this season, ADO had not won a single game away from the Kyocera stadium.
The opening exchanges were weak, as to be expected in such a tense game. It was ADO however who had the first chance. In the tenth minute Roland Alberg swung over a corner from the left. Defender Timothy Derijck rose high and headed the ball home. The referee Kevin Blom ruled out the goal for pushing by the ADO defender.
From that moment on ADO took the game to their hosts. In the eleventh minute Aaron Meijers twisted himself through the defence of Excelsior before smashing the ball just over the bar. ADO were pressurizing the home players, a good amount of effort and fight being put in. In the twenty ninth minute, Aleksandr Iakovenko raced down the right wing, his cross fired low across the goal line, only no ADO forwards within range.
It was not until the twenty ninth minute that Excelsior threatened the ADO goal. Tom van Weert wriggled himself some space inside the ADO penalty box and struck a fierce low shot towards the far bottom corner, Thankfully despite not having to do anything previous to this, keeper Martin Hansen got down quickly and saved well.
In the thirty fourth minute ADO got the breakthrough. Iakovenko took a free-kick from the right, delivered with pace towards the far side of the box, none of the defenders were alert to the run of Michiel Kramer who buried a header into the bottom corner, giving former ADO keeper Gino Coutinho no chance, 0-1.
That was it for the first half. The home side were kept waiting for two minutes on the pitch waiting for ADO to reappear for the second half. The home side were eager and were more far more focussed than before.
ADO then switched off for a short period, yet in that time they conceded two soft goals. The first in the fifty ninth minute. After what looked like a foul on Mike van Duinen, Excelsior broke forward. There were enough defenders to deal with the attack, yet at the vital second, the off-side trap failed. Jeff Stans slid the ball through to Adil Auassar, there was nobody near him as he slid the ball into the goal, 1-1.
Just three minutes later an almost identical situation. Excelsior came down the left flank. The ex ADO player Ninos Gouriye got hold of the ball, played it inside, he continued his run and got the ball back from van Weert. The former ADO player kept his cool to toe poke the ball into the net, 2-1.
ADO began a fight back. The Haagse Kwartiertje was sung loud and proud by the 400 ADO fans and it worked its magic again, it lifted the team when they most needed it.ADO got level in the seventy ninth minute. A short corner was well worked between Meijers and Alberg. The latter then moving inside toward to penalty box before unleashing a curling shot into the far corner, a stunning strike with the right foot, 2-2.
The home side intercepted the ball in the midfield in the final minute of normal time. With seconds remaining van Weert raced towards goal with only Hansen to beat. His shot was solid and hit across the goal towards the far corner, The Danish keeper made a magnificent save to turn the ball way.
The fourth official showed that there were to be an additional four minutes played. In the ninety third minute ADO got the goal that could prove so vital in their efforts to stay in the Eredivisie. Substitute Wilson Eduardo gently floated the ball across the area. Kramer lept highest and the ball was nestling in the back of the net. Everybody to do with ADO went ballistic with joy. Everybody ran down into the corner to celebrate with Kramer, amazing scenes, 2-3.
That was it, game over. ADO had risen up the league, closer to safety. The fans and players were exchanging shirts and it was ADO’s first away win of the season, what a game.
ADO man of the match: Michiel Kramer, theb two goal hero.