After the bore draw at Fortuna Sittard last Wednesday (0-0), ADO climbed a further point away from the dreaded relegation play-offs. A good job, considering facing FC Utrecht could prove to be a difficult proposition during the rival team’s current run of good form. 

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From what was expected to be a tough match, we thankfully ended up seeing the game dreams are made of, with ADO winning 5-0. It was a brilliant all round team performance! The atmosphere in the stadium was amazing as over 13,000 cheered the team on.

Nasser El Khayati provided Lex Immers with the opening goal after eleven minutes. Utrecht had possession, but ADO keeper Robert Zwinkels was never really tested, all shots coming directly at him.

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After thirty-six minutes, captain Aaron Meijers showed off his skills. He got the ball on the left of the penalty, a nice first touch, making space for a beautifully curled shot inside the far post, 2-0.

The fans were in ecstasy and it was only going to get better. Just nineteen seconds from the restart, the ball was in the net; Danny Bakker scoring with plenty of space, 3-0. FC Utrecht were falling apart.

With a break time score of 3-0, the atmosphere in the stands was a party. ADO were not playing that well, but they were playing as a team. Best of all, they were getting the ball into the danger areas quickly and converting their opportunities. Immers certainly enjoyed his more forward position on the team.

ADO went on to score two more goal in the last second, Tomas Necid scoring a simple tap in after eighty four minutes. In the final minute, Immers got his second and ADO’s fifth, making it 5-0!

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Then, the referee blew for full-time. The stadium exploded with joy, it had been a perfect night in the Cars Jeans Stadium. Many couldn’t believe what they saw, prior to kick-off a lot of fans hoping ADO would be lucky enough to get a point. The results pushes ADO into a more stable position in the league.

ADO team: Zwinkels, Malone, Beugelsdijk, Pinas, Meijers; Goossens, El Khayati, Bakker (77. Necid); Becker (71. Goppel), Immers, Falkenburg (63. Lorenzen).

ADO now have two away games in a row, away against AZ followed by a trip to PSV Eindhoven.

ADO Den Haag’s last two home games are in quick succession. Firstly, on Thursday 25th April they face S.B.V. Excelsior, kick-off 18:30. The game following is the last home game of the season against Willem II, kick-off 14:30 on Sunday 28th April. Club cards are not needed, but you may have to get the tickets early, as many areas will sell out.

Text Neal McClimon of www.adoforexpats.com