On Saturday ADO traveled to Breda to face NAC. Last week NAC shocked everyone by winning 0-2 at Feyenoord, so what kind of team would ADO be facing? The one that shocked the champions, or the one that was expected to struggle for the entire season? ADO had been on a good run of late, first three game, zero points, last three game, earned seven points from nine.
NAC proved to be very tough opposition. ADO started the game strongly and looked to be up for the fight ahead. ADO forced NAC back and within the first ten minutes, both Nasser El Khayati and Lex Immers went close to opening the score. It soon became an end to end battle. As the game progressed, the stronger the home side got.
First NAC hit the frame of the goal. NAC had the upper hand and were pressing hard. They should of taken the lead towards the end of the half. Robert Zwinkels in the ADO goal was once again producing some top class saves.
The first half ended in controversy, off the ball, Bjørn Johnsen collapsed to the floor, blood coming from what was later to prove as a broken nose. The match officials saw nothing as the forward lay on the turf. As Johnsen was lead away from the pitch he was clearly angry at what he thought was an assault.
The second began again with the home team being on top, Zwinkels again called on to perform heroics. After the first ten minutes of the half, ADO began to look more threatening on the counter attack.
The game was becoming a real battle, several yellow cards shown as tempers threatened to boil over. When Elson Hooi replaced Sheraldo Becker, the Hague spirit kicked in. In the famous Haagse kwartiertje ADO almost broke the deadlock as Erik Falkenburg hit the crossbar.
ADO were not on top and the pressure paid off in the eightieth minute. El Khayati swung in a corner from the right. At the far post Tommie Beugelsdijk was unmarked. He stretched out a leg and had the ball in the back of the net, 0-1.
The final ten minutes saw NAC throw everything they could at ADO. Lex Immers was immense in midfield. The defensive back four were solid, even El Khayati was throwing his body around to block shots. The referee added an extra three minute to normal time. NAC fought to the final whistle to get level, but ADO some how kept the goal safe.
The final whistle was greeted with euphoria by players and supporters. ADO were definitely second best during the game, but their willingness to fight got them a hard earned three points. The ADO fans had sung their hearts out yet again and enjoyed the celebrations with the players, who danced wildly in front of them.