ADO Den Haag v AZ was the last game of the weekend, so the team knew what they had to do to climb up the league, but no matter what, at least one point was needed if not the three. ADO were without their rock at the back, Tom Beugelsdijk missing through suspension.
The game was a total disaster for ADO, both result and performance wise. The side from The Hague just did not turn up at all. The first half was close to being an embarrassment. ADO gave so much time and space to AZ it was unbelievable. From clearances the ball would fall to an AZ player and there was never an ADO player within three meters to make a challenge, and on the rare occasions a tackle was made, it was either weak and half hearted or a foul. Only Eduard Duplan showed any fight in the game.
The first forty five minutes was so easy for the home side and they took full advantage. The warning signs were there from early on, within two minutes Zwinkels stopped a shot from just crossing the line. After seven minutes they were in front. A move down the right flank saw the ball eventually fall to Dabney Dos Santos to fire the ball home into the far corner, 1-0.
AZ were enjoying themselves, so much possession and they attacked every time. After thirteen minutes Dos Santos got his second. Coming through the centre, a couple of quick passes and a ball came across the ADO box, the striker and others left totally unmarked in the penalty to score an easy goal, 2-0.
AZ continued to put ADO under pressure and in the thirty fourth minute Joris van Overeem scored the best goal of the game, from inside the penalty area, he cheekily, but brilliantly lobbed the ball over Zwinkels into the net, 3-0.
The second half was not much better for ADO. They were pushed back constantly by a confident AZ. This time though at least ADO were trying to close down the opposition and put some decent challenges in. This kept goal scoring chances down for AZ, but ADO couldn’t get close to the home sides goal.
On the hour ADO conceded yet again. AZ went down the right wing, challenged were missed and the ball came to Fred Friday to have an open goal to put the ball in, terrible defending again, 4-0.
ADO heads dropped and let the game easily fell again into the AZ welcoming hands. It was all one way for AZ, in fact the had to slip up to give ADO their one and only chance in the eighty fifth minute. Slack play by AZ defenders saw the ball come eventually to Guyon Fernandez, however he looked tired and after getting away from one defender, was caught by a second and the ball went out for a corner. At least ADO got into the AZ penalty area!
That was it, game over. After three games undefeated ADO crashed without a fight. At least the fans were able to amuse themselves throughout the game, giving plenty of vocal support and singing “Champions” and doing “Ole’s” when ADO put a few passes together. The fans deserved better, but ADO got from this game what they deserved, absolutely nothing and are now one place off the bottom of the league.