After the International break, the Eredivisie was back in action and meant a short journey for ADO Den Haag’s players and supporters to Rotterdam, to take on Feyenoord in the famous De Kuip stadium. ADO had sold out its allocation of tickets for this top of the table clash and the fans made sure they could be heard and seen high up in the stadium.
The game saw changes in the ADO line up for the first time this season. Maybe this is was upset the balance, but this was not the ADO I had seen in the previous games this season. They looked nervous and out of sorts. Where was the direct attacking play of previous games? Feyenoord completely dominated the play, it was far to easy for them.ADO seemed to be happy allowing their hosts to have the ball, rarely breaking over the half way line.
ADO keeper Ernestas Setkus had to be at his best to keep Feyenoord out, but eventually the ADO defensive wall was broken. In the thirty third minute, former ADO favourite Jens Toornstra played the ball inside from the left to Dirk Kuyt, his first effort was well saved by Setkus, but Kuyt was quickest to react than the ADO defence and at the second attempt hit the back of the net, 1- 0.
Just one minute later and Feyenoord doubled their lead. Toornstra again the provider, slipping the ball through ADO’s offside trap to Nicolai Jørgensen, who looked suspiciously offside, but was waved on and in one slick twist put the ball past Setkus, 2-0.
The second half began much the same way the first half ended, Feyenoord in control and within a minute Kuyt had hit the crossbar. n the half hour Toornstra forced Setkus into another save. With thirty minutes remaining Feyenoord began to take it easy and that decision let ADO back into the game.
Mike Havenaar who was rested on the bench due to an illness earlier in the week came on and started creating problems for the home side’s defence. Crosses were now coming over and he was the target man. In the seventy second minute getting ADO’s first true sight on goal. The game became end to end, both sets of fans making a great deal of noise as the excitement increased.
Setkus was kept busy, but openings were now appearing for ADO. In the eighty sixth minute ADO’s efforts were rewarded. Feyenoord could not clear the ball from the edge of their penalty area. The ball went wide and a cross came in from Aaron Meijers, Ludcinio Marengo rose high and his header was saved by Brad Jones, the rebound went directly back to Marengo who volleyed the ball firmly into the goal, 2-1.
The final minutes saw both teams going for the goal that would determine if ADO would get one or zero points. Great chances came and went for ADO before deep in stoppage time Feyenoord sealed the victory. A defensive error saw the ball eventually come through to Karim El Ahmadi who squeezed the ball home to make it 3-1.
ADO almost got a point, but in the end, if it had not been for the superb goalkeeping heroics of Setkus, ADO would have got a hammering. Great display between the posts.