Sunday’s game was ADO Den Haag’s final game of 2018 after a pleasing win at Willem II last week, everyone at the club was hopeful of finishing the year on a high note.
The game got off to a blistering start for ADO, the home side really up for the challenge. Their aggressive play didn’t go to waste as after four minutes Aaron Meijers was fouled just outside the penalty area. Nasser El Khayati took responsibility and beautifully curled the free-kick into the back of the net. Great goal and adds another million Euros to El Khayati’s value, 1-0.
The opening twenty minutes saw ADO dominate play, sadly their efforts were not rewarded with a second goal, Feyenoord riding their luck as the home side bombarded the goal with crosses and shots.
As the game progressed, Feyenoord started to get more of the ball, ADO tried to control the midfield, Lex Immers leading the way with his attitude. As the first half whistle was about to blow, Feyenoord struck in injury time. Steven Berghuis finishing the half off to Feyenoord’s delight, 1-1.
The second half saw the Rotterdammers in control. They were creating plenty of openings, only some solid blocks by the defenders and great goalkeeping by Robert Zwinkels kept the visitors at bay.
Feyenoord edged in front after sixty eight minutes. Sam Larsson curling a shot into the net via the inside of the post, 1-2.
Going a goal behind reignited the ADO players. Tommie Beugelsdijk really showed what the Haagse Bluf is all about. He was challenged badly, instead of complaining, he chased down the defender, flattened him and stood over him. It earned Beugelsdijk a yellow card, but it lifted the supporters, he started the fight and it was he who made the difference.
Beugelsdijk was finding himself more and more in attacking positions and in the seventy seventh minute was involved in a fifty-fifty race with Feyenoord’s defender Bart Nieuwkoop. The defender was adjudged to have pulled ADO’s cult hero back. It was Nieuwkoop’s second bookable offence and so he departed the pitch.
The crowd held its breath as referee Kevin Blom asked for a review via the VAR system. After what seemed like an age, Blom pointed to the penalty spot. El Khayati was again the man to take charge. The kick sent the keeper the wrong way, 2-2.
Both sides went for the win. ADO showing intent with two attacking substitutes, Yuning Zhang and Thijmen Goppel. The latter was outstanding on the right wing. Feyenoord almost snatched it, but the final whistle saw the teams share the points.
A great result for ADO. The winter break now takes effect. ADO go to Turkey early in January for a warm weather training camp. They return to Eredivisie action on Saturday 19th January against VVV Venlo, kick-off 19:45.
ADO team: Zwinkels; Troupée, Beugelsdijk, Kanon, Meijers; After all, El Khayati, Bakker; Becker, Falkenburg (79. Zhang), Lorenzen (79. Goppel). Text & Photos by Neal McClimon of www.adoforexpats.com