So after the previous week’s confusion over police action and when the game could be played, finally ADO Den Haag began the new Eredivisie season with a home game against the reigning league champions PSV Eindhoven three days later than planned. The players were welcomed onto the pitch to a huge roar. As it turned out, the postponement was worth it, as the fans were to witness something EXTRA special!
Straight from the kick-off the visitors charged at ADO and within six minutes could have been three goals behind. The first chance went to Luciano Narsingh, a open goal was gaping wide, but managed to slide the ball past the post. This was followed up with two efforts on target which were well saved by Martin Hansen in the ADO goal, the start or a memorable night for ADO’s number one.
ADO were struggling to deal with the champions and were second best. Eventually the pressure gave and PSV took the lead in the twenty third minute. PSV’s Davy Pröpper had time and space to pass the ball through the ADO defence to find Adam Maher in space to put the ball into the back of the net. ADO players screamed for off-side, but referee Richard Liesveld waved away the protests. TV replays clearly showed that there were three PSV players in off=side positions when the ball was played through, bad luck for ADO and it was 0-1.
Going behind was the best thing to happen to ADO. The whole attitude of the eleven players changed and a confidence grew. Within a minute ADO were level. Aaron Meijers raced down the left flank, cut inside and was grabbed by Arias Santiago, Meijers fell deep inside the area and was awarded with a penalty kick. Roland Alberg took responsibility, placed the ball on the spot. A stuttering run up and a calmly placed shot into the bottom corner gave Jeroen Zoet in the PSV goal no chance, 1-1.
In the twenty sixth minute Alberg almost doubled his tally. Ruben Schaken crossed from the right, Zoet punched clear, but only to the ADO scorer, who sadly snatched at the shot and blasted the ball high over the bar.
ADO were fighting for every ball, winning the 50/50 challenges putting PSV under pressure. Schaken was terrifying his markers with his pace and box of tricks, he was a magician on the ball, and he was also capable of putting in a decent final ball, they could have unearthed a real gem in Schaken.
The second half was nearly all ADO. PSV were nervous of ADO’s quick counter attack and rarely ventured forward. Edouard Duplan coming closest to putting the home side in front with a diving header from a cross by Gianni Korte.
PSV against the run of play took the lead in the sixty second minute, Narsingh crossed from the right, the ball was floated deep to the far side of the penalty area. Luuk de Jong rose high and headed back across the goal into the corner of the net, giving Hansen no chance, a well executed goal, 1-2.
After again going behind, ADO began to lay siege to the PSV penalty box. So many scrambles and panic defending, it was getting tense and exciting. Schaken was simply toying with PSV.
The referee showed five minutes of added time. ADO piled forward and when in the last minute of extra time they were awarded a free-kick, everybody moved forward, including the ADO keeper. Kenji Gorré crossed into a packed area, Hansen was central as the ball passed him, yet, somehow he managed a sort of flying, spinning back heel, he made perfect contact and the ball was resting in the back of the net, truly unbelievable stuff. The stadium went crazy, nobody could believe what they just saw, 2-2.
Straight from the restart, PSV went for it and almost got a winner. The ball fell to Luuk de Jong in front of goal, he snatched at his shot and it went high over the bar, At that moment the referee blew for full time. What a game, end to end, with the winner of the goal of the season already sorted.
ADO man of the match: Undeniably Martin Hansen
Attendance: 13, 125