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Balls that got stuck in the mud. Ball boys who were exceptionally smart. Uncontrollable blunders by the goalkeeper. And in between some cups that ended up on the field.
The Premier League match between Go Ahead Eagles and Vitesse was not exciting in terms of football, but certainly worth it in terms of entertainment value. Only the outcome was not that surprising.
Go Ahead Eagles recorded its fifth win in six home matches (5-1) and remain firmly in fifth place. Vitesse must fear that after this weekend they will be at the bottom of the Premier League.
Frustration with Vitesse coach Cocu
Vitesse coach Phillip Cocu had steam coming out of his ears afterwards. “If you see the first three goals that we concede, you can’t play football against them. After that I think we give up and that is what I am most frustrated about.”
Frustration is rampant for Vitesse coach Cocu: ‘You can’t play football against this’
“It will be a tough and long battle to stay in it,” Cocu realized. “Normally I always say something after the match, but not now. I also have to process this and give it a place. But at the moment the frustration is running rampant.”
Fumbling in the mud
The Arnhem team started promisingly with a nice shot from striker Saïd Hamulic, but the first real chance was for Go Ahead. Victor Edvardsen took advantage of a miss by Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and could only get at goalkeeper Eloy Room, but failed miserably in the finish.
With a shot from Philippe Rommens – good for both goals for the home team in the 2-2 against Vitesse last year – nothing was wrong a little later, but this time Room cattily dived the ball out of the corner.
On the other hand, Vitesse had difficulty making a fist on the waterlogged field. Million Manhoef even got people laughing when he hit the ball completely wrong in the mud around the corner flag.
Crazy corner: Manhoef (Vitesse) battles with blubber in Deventer
In a second attempt, Manhoef opted for a run for his money, but that variant also failed miserably.
The fumbling at the corner flag was indicative of the Arnhem game in the first half. Not that Go Ahead Eagles played brilliantly, but the home team did get the best chances.
After about twenty minutes, Vitesse’s defense was simply exposed by a through pass from Willumsson, after which Kuipers’ low cross was simply tapped in by Oliver Edvardsen.
It would have been Go Ahead’s 1,500th Premier League goal, if Edvardsen had not been slightly offside. And so the 1-0 was canceled by VAR.
Despite that setback, Go Ahead became increasingly stronger, pressed Vitesse with their backs against the wall and combined cheerfully at times. Yet both teams seemed to go into halftime at 0-0.
However, in the last seconds of the added time, a clever trick from a Deventer ball boy still gave Go Ahead the lead. While Rommens stood around the halfway line with ball in hand ready to throw in, a ball boy handed another ball to Kuipers.
The Go Ahead captain threw in quickly, found Willum Thor Willumsson who rammed the ball uncontrollably hard into the Vitesse goal.
Watch the story of the ball boy in Studio Voetbal below:
With the lead, Go Ahead left the ball to Vitesse after half-time, which immediately had more time to play football with substitute Mathijs Tielemans. Yet the home team made it 2-0 very cheaply.
Cream at fault
Goalkeeper Room wanted to pass a back pass from Isimat-Mirin, but suddenly played the ball into the feet of Oliver Edvardsen who simply pushed the ball into the empty goal.
The guilty Room could have collapsed into the mud, but instead had to face his teammates in the locker room as several cups of joy were thrown onto the field.
And that was not the end of Room’s nightmare, as less than a minute after the interruption he saved on a difficult cross, but pushed the rebound against Victor Edvardsen’s shins. Without even realizing it, the Swedish Edvardsen made the score 3-0.
The match was then played, even though Marco van Ginkel made it 3-1 with a slider fifteen minutes before the end. For Van Ginkel it was already his fourth this competition, making him the top scorer of the Arnhem team.
If there was any hope in Arnhem hearts, it was quickly dashed. On a pass from Nijmegen substitute Sylla Sow and Edvardsen, the ball landed at the feet of Willumsson, who scored his second of the evening: 4-1.
Room then showed that he really is a good goalkeeper, with a great save on Kuipers’ effort. Still, it became 5-1 through defender Joris Kramer, who, after an impressive dribble from Bobby Adekanye, suddenly got the ball at his feet and pressed.
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