ADO’s John Goossens struck a wondergoal in the 88th minute to seal an excellent comeback as ADO drew 3-3 with Willem II to prevent the Tilburgers from moving up to 3rd place.
Willem II had not beaten ADO in the last 7 games and that was made into 8 after tonight’s game. However, it seemed that would all change as Willem II came into the game full of confidence on the back of a 2-1 victory over PSV before the international break and it showed as it took only 12 minutes for Freek Heerkens to open the scoring. Ché Nunnely’s closed ranged shot was expertly saved by Luuk Koopmans but could not help the unmarked Heerkens from turning it in to make it 1-0.
ADO’s defensive vulnerabilities were clear. Many more chances occurred for Willem II, with Nunnely forcing a Koopmans save in a 1-on-1 situation and just a few seconds later, Vangelis Pavlidis missed a great chance, finding himself completely free in the box and somehow firing the ball over.
It didn’t stop there, a Nunnely cross found the head of Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye whose header dragged narrowly wide. It seemed just a matter of time before the next Willem II goal, which in turn put the Willem II supporters in a festive mood as they sang a version of jingle bells, with their very own bells ringing in the away end. In the 39th minute, Pavlidis found himself free on the left side and expertly placed in in the top right-hand corner to make 2-0 to the away side. Half time could not come soon enough for ADO who were booed off of the pitch when the whistle was blown. All ADO had shown was a few half-hearted chances outside of the box that came to nothing.
The second half began with many expecting Willem II to complete the rout and win by more. However, it seemed like a different ADO side had come out of the changing room and soon after Crysencio Summerville on the right-hand side, tore through two Willem II defenders and played it across to Tomas Necid, who tapped it home for 2-1 to leave ADO a goal behind.
Though ADO’s hope was short-lived. In the 55th minute, just moments after coming on, Marios Vrousai played a ball in the box with his first touch towards Pavlidis who hit it against the debutant Dehninio Muringen deflecting past Koopmans to make it 3-1. The goal seemed to kill any momentum ADO had and in the 62nd and 63rd minute, Willem II found themselves with two 1-on-1 opportunities by Ndayishimiye and Pavlidis respectively, both of which were fantastically saved by Koopmans.
It took until the 71st minute for ADO to wake up. Firstly, a cross from Summerville onto the substitute Erik Falkenburg’s head could’ve easily ended up in the net. Then, just moments after, a corner was swung in and a goalmouth scramble forced Timon Wellenreuther to make two excellent saves from both Summerville and a header from Tommy Beugelsdijk. But it seemed like no matter what ADO threw at Willem II, nothing seemed to work.
The luck changed in the 83rd minute when Goossens’ corner was headed in by Necid to make it 3-2 and suddenly all the momentum was coming back. But no matter what ADO had, they couldn’t seem to get the equaliser.
Out of nowhere, a poor clearance from Willem II was chested down and on a left-footed thunderbolt of a half volley from 30 metres, Goossens hit the top right-hand corner leaving Wellenreuther no chance in the Willem II goal sending the ADO fans into ecstasy. When asked about it after the game, Goossens stated that it was one of the best goals of his career and when questioned what was going through his head ‘I thought this one I’m going to give it a ram.’
Willem II boss Adrie Koster described after the game as ‘feeling like a loss only coming away with a point’ whilst ADO coach Fons Groenendijk was delighted with the win and especially the performance of Luuk Koopmans. When asked about what he changed in the second half, he described that in the changing room at half time he asked the players ‘to give everything until the final whistle for the supporters.’ His words clearly resonated with the players, as ADO showed great resilience to come back and draw the game.
ADO Den Haag 3-3 Willem II
Final Score ADO Den Haag 3-3 Willem II.
Man of the Match: Luuk Koopmans
Referee: Allard Lindhout
ADO Den Haag:
- Luuk Koopmans (GK)
- Tom Beugelsdijk
- Aaron Meijers ©
- Tomas Necid
- Lex Immers (250th game)
- John Goossens
- Crysencio Summerville
- Dehninio Muringen (debut) Off (55) On Aleksandar Bjelica (Debut)
- Danny Bakker Off (34) On Thom Haye
- Shaquille Pinas
- Elson Hooi Off (45) On Erik Falkenburg
- Coach: Fons Groenendijk
- Timon Wellenreuther (GK)
- Freek Heerkens
- Jordens Peters ©
- Ché Nunnely
- Pol Llonch
- Vangelis Pavlidis
- Mats Köhlert Off (54) On Marios Vrousai
- Driess Saddiki Off (60) On Bart Nieuwkoop
- Miquel Nelom Off (77) On Jhonny Quiñonez
- Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye
- Sebastian Holmén
- Coach: Adrie Koster