ADO v AZ Alkmaar

After Sunday’s 0-2 win in Tilburg against Willem II, ADO Den Haag faced AZ Alkmaar in the Kyocera stadium early on Thursday evening. There was an odd atmosphere both outside and inside the stadium. He past few days of management changes has ruffled the feathers of the ADO supporters who were planning on a mass protest again United Vanson and Mr Wang Hui. However the board asked for a meeting with fans and after that, it was agreed that the protests would be put on hold. and the anti Wang banners were removed from inside the stadium. It was promised that more clarity would start with a clean slate.

The game itself was a let down as a spectacle. ADO started brightly but the game levelled out and went end to end without hardly any goalmouth action. It wasn’t until the twenty first minute that there was any danger, sadly the first effort on goal was for AZ and that effort went in. Joris van Overeem played in Dabney dos Santos with a neat pass, the forward avoided a challenge from Tommie Beugelsdijk before hitting his shot into the far corner. 0-1.

Thirty minutes played and ADO were back level. Eduardo Duplan swung over a free-kick from the right. The ball was missed by Mike Havenaar, but Beugelsdijk had come up from defence and met the ball with a powerful header that gave Sergio Rochet in the Alkmaar goal no chance, 1-1.

The last fifteen minutes of the half saw ADO pick up the pace. Attacks coming down both wings, twice leading to good opportunities. Rochet was called upon to make vital save from both Havenaar and Timothy Derijck. The whistle blew and the teams went in all square, ADO unlucky not to have edged in front.

The second half started brightly for ADO. This time most successful attacks were coming down the right wing. Duplan had the AZ worried and a cross from him was met by Danny Bakker, whose effort beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by Van Overeem.

The game slowed again and ADO switched off momentarily. In the sixty fifth minute ADO tried to play the off-side trap. Arms went up, claiming off-side but the lineman let it go. As the ADO players stood still, Markus Henriksen went one on one with Martin Hansen and won the battle of nerves, scoring with great calm, slotting the ball past Hansen, 1-2.

ADO made substitutions, but to no avail. The bright spot of the whole game was Beugelsdijk’s seemingly sudden vast improvement from solid defender in to a player capable of beating anybody. Twice he made skilful runs through several of the AZ players. His twists and turns were Cruijfesque. The crowd lapped it up and loudly chanted his name.

The game ended with defeat for the home side. I guess just a typical end of season game with ADO not needing a win to get a European play-off place or to avoid relegation. I have to mention one fact. The fans on the Midden Noord and in the family stand were singing throughout the game. Good to see.

Attendance: 13,128