ADO Den Haag surprised many people in football on Friday night with a shock win over AZ in their own AFAS stadium.
In the ninth minute ADO took the early lead. The hosts lost the ball close to the ADO penalty. A long ball forward found Mike Havenaar, the forward crossed the ball into the area. Roland Alberg could get the ball fully under control, but the ball still managed to come out to Danny Bakker who stuck a low shot into the back of the net, 0-1.
Shortly after the goal ADO keeper Martin Hansen prevented an equaliser, bravely diving at the feet of an on rushing forward, injuring himself in the process.
The best of the chances all fell to ADO during the rest of the first half. Havenaar and Alberg both seeing good opportunities saved by former ADO keeper Gino Coutinho.
In the second half ADO were more than comfortable, calm, assured, a real positive attitude throughout the side. Then ADO suffered a big loss. Leading scorer Havenaar had to go off in the fifty first minute following a challenge when going up for a header. He left the field holding his ribs.
A mini higlight of the game was when a black and white cat ran the full length of the pitch to the cheers of the supporters.
Just on the hour mark ADO almost increased their lead after they were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area. Alberg hit a strong shot that beat the wall and forced Coutinho into a good save low to the floor.
ADO built up the attacking presure on AZ and again it was Alberg causing them headaches, a deflected swerving shot caused the keeper to mishandle the ball, substitute Giovanni Korte followed up and crashed into Coutinho. The ball was there to be won and Korte did what every alert striker should do, so close again.
ADO closed out the game with ease. Frustration began to show on the home side as they couldn’t penetrate the ADO midfield and defence. Their challenges became reckless and for their coach, former ADO man John van den Brom was sent off for complaining.
At the final whistle the travelling fans went crazy as the players acknowledged their supporters. It was a well deserved win against a good team. Henk Fraser should be very proud of his players after what was a great performance.