ADO v Heracles

ADO Den Haag dropped points at for the first time this season. A 1-1 draw with Heracles Almelo in the Kyocera stadium ended ADO’s perfect start to the season. In front of a loud and boisterous crowd. It was two major self inflicted errors that cost the home side the win.

For the fourth game in a row ADO played the same starting eleven, why change a winning formula? ADO started brightly and again it was Gervane Kastaneer who shone early on, his powerful runs tearing through the Heracles defence, he was creating chances, twice going close himself.

In the nineteenth minute the visitors took the lead totally against the run of play. They were awarded a free-kick around 25m from goal.  Illiass Bel Hassani struck a weakish shot direct at goal. Ernestas Setkus could see the ball come all the way to him, inexplicably he allowed the tame effort to bounce from his arm and go straight to Robin Gosens to tap the ball into the net, 0-1.

So for the third game in a row, ADO went a goal behind, same situation equalled no panic. ADO pressed forward at every given opportunity and in the twenty eighth minute drew level. Kastaneer won a tussle for the ball and the ball came to Mike Havenaar. The angle was not great, but the striker unleashed a powerful shot into the far corner, giving Heracles keeper Bram Castro no chance, 1-1.

The second half saw Heracles go at ADO from the whistle and it almost paid off as Bel Hassani came close to putting the visitor back in front. The team from Almelo soon began to time waste, taking forever taking throw ins and corners, very frustrating. ADO got on top as the game progressed, Havenaar having many chances, but not clear opportunities.

In the seventy fifth minute Ruben Schaken made way for new signing Sheraldo Becker, his first action was to almost get himself a yellow card. With the crowd behind the team, ADO got awarded a penalty in the eightieth minute as Tim Breukers felled Havenaar’s twisting approach to goal.

Havenaar placed the ball on the penalty spot, he looked calm as he started his run. To the shock of most in the stadium, he attempted the famous ‘Panenka’ trick penalty. It beat the keeper and also sadly cleared the crossbar, terrible attempt when drawing a game, when in doubt power it, a bad miss.

That was the end of the chances. At the final whistle there were a few unwarranted boos from the crowd. Not deserved, ADO had dominated the second half, so it was a decent performance. Still undefeated after four games and next game is the top of the table clash of Feyenoord v ADO in the Kuip.

Attendance: 11, 016