Friday 28th February 2014
HERACLES 1-2 HEERENVEEN
Heracles head coach Jan de Jonge will be cursing his forward line tonight as he witnessed many missed opportunities as his team were defeated by Heerenveen by two goals to one.
Heracles dominated the early proceedings as they were roared on by a loud capacity inside the Polman Stadion. Marco van Basten’s men found it hard to get their game together and misplaced pass after pass.
The hosts gained a deserving lead with a magnificent free-kick from Oussama Tannane, scoring against the club he left in the summer. On 26 minutes, after a foul on Simon Cziommer by Joey van den Berg, Tannane stepped up from 30 yards out and curled a left foot shot past the stretched out Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Heracles were not in front for long as Van Basten’s side grabbed an equaliser against the run of play and it was another set-piece that provide the goal. Hakim Ziyech whipped in a dangerous ball from deep and Marten de Roon slipped the marking of Mikhail Rosheuvel to nod into Remko Pasveer’s goal.
Heracles stepped up their game and pressed for the lead before half-time but unfortunately after only getting a total of six out of 17 shots on target, the goal never came.
After the break, Alfred Finnbogason stopped his goal drought of no goals in TWO games on 49 minutes. It was great build up play on the counter attack that ended with De Roon lofting a ball over the top for Rajiv van La Parra on the left wing. Van La Parra forced a save from Pasveer, but the rebound fell kindly for the Icelandic striker to notch his 22nd goal in 23 appearances. His unbelievable scoring record continues as he has hit 22 of his teams 53 goals in this Eredivisie campaign.
Near the end of time, Van Basten was foaming with referee Jeroen Manschot and his fellow match officials when Heracles defender Bart Schenkeveld intentionally shouldered Ziyech down to the ground. As the player was running onto the ball, the defender stood firm and clattered the midfielder, who was replaced later in the game with a head injury. Although the officials missed it but the TV cameras did not. This would have been the defender’s second yellow card.
Heracles had a golden chance in the final moments but substitute Matthew Amoah dragged a shot wide from around 8 yards out. Heerenveen stay in sixth, just a point away from PSV in fifth while Heracles are in 11th on 30 points, just four away from the drop zone.
HERACLES: Pasveer, Rienstra, Davidson, Schenkeveld, Koenders (Amoah 81), Quansah, Bel Hassani (Bruns 78), Cziommer. Uth, Tannane, Rosheuvel.
SUBS NOT USED: Telgenkamp, Navratil, Gyasi, Rienstra, Belterman.
GOALS: Tannane 26.
BOOKINGS: Schenkeveld 67.
HEERENVEEN: Nordfeldt, Dijks (Marzo 64), Kum, Kruiswijk, Van Anholt, Van den Berg, De Roon. Ziyech (De Kamps 87), Fazli, Finnbogason, Van La Parra (Sinkgraven 90+3).
SUBS NOT USED: Vandenbussche, Otigba, Lurling, Varga.
GOALS: De Roon 36, Finnbogason 49.
BOOKINGS: Van den Berg 51.
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