SC Cambuur held Ajax to a fantastic 1-1 draw in a game were the defending champions failed to really trouble the Eredivisie new boys. Feyenoord, minus Graziano Pelle, defeated Groningen 2-0 and FC Twente fell to Go Ahead Eagles in Deventer in an action-packed Sunday.
Sunday 9th March 2014
RKC WAALWIJK 1-1 ADO DEN HAAG
In a result that helped neither side, RKC and ADO drew 1-1 to share the points that does not help either in their relegation battle.
The visitors went ahead after an accurate cross from Dion Malone, Ronald Alberg was at the backpost to nod home his fourth goal of the season on 17 minutes.
The equaliser came just before half-time with Romeo Castelen breaking the offside trap and finishing perfectly past Gino Coutinho against the run of play.
RKC: Šeda, Apau, Van Weert, Van Hoevelen, Amieux, Sno, Braber, Duits, Castelen, Beauguel (Joachim 90+2), D. Schet.
SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Ivens, Van Mosselveld, Anderson, Peltzer.
GOALS: Castelen 42.
BOOKINGS: Van Hoevelen 38, Braber 53.
ADO: Coutinho, Zuiverloon, Wormgoor, Beugelsdijk, Meijers, Malone, Holla (Bakker 66), Gehrt (Kanon 90+3), Alberg, Van Duinen, M. Schet.
SUBS NOT USED: Zwinkels, Merencia, Van Haaren, Kramer, Cabral5
GOALS: Alberg 17.
BOOKINGS: Holla 7, Beugelsdijk 31, Wormgoor 90+1.
GO AHEAD EAGLES 1-0 FC TWENTE
FC Twente trail three points behind Vitesse in third after a Jarchinio Antonia goal just after the half hour saw them beaten 1-0 by Go Ahead Eagles.
After a cautious and quiet opening twenty minutes, the visitors should have taken the lead. However, when striker Luc Castaignos was played through on goal by Jorge Corona, he dragged his effort wide of the post when it would have been easier to play the free Dušan Tadić in at the opposite post.
The only goal of the game was scored by Jarchinio Antonia just after the half-hour mark after an error from Felipe Gutiérrez. The Chilean dwelled on the ball and was robbed by Erik Falkenburg and the on-loan AZ man played in Antonia on the right-wing. Antonia hit a low drive from an acute angle that went through goalkeeper Nick Marsman’s legs and into the net.
After the interval, Twente pushed for goals knowing that a win was a must to keep up in the Champions League qualification race.
However, chances for Quincy Promes, Tadić and further from Castaignos went begging and the lacklustre Twente failed to create the goal to clinch even a point.
GO AHEAD: Andersen, Schmidt, Vriends, Van der Linden, Schenk (Haps 76), Overgoor, Türüç, Rijsdijk, Antonia, Falkenburg (Kolder 90), Houtkoop (Godee 69).
SUBS NOT USED: Ter Mate, Amevor, Azevedo, Lambooij.
GOALS: Antonia 33.
TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Martina, Bjelland, Koppers, Ebecilio, Promes, Gutiérrez, Tadić, Castaignos, Corona (Mokhtar 63).
SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Djordjevic, Hölscher, Röseler, Martina.
BOOKINGS: Castaignos 69.
FC GRONINGEN 0-2 FEYENOORD
Feyenoord track Twente in fourth by a just a single point now after a 2-0 win away at FC Groningen without star striker Graziano Pelle, as the Italian begins a four-game suspension.
New club captain Jordy Clasie lead the team out after replacing Pelle this past week and his side were a goal up after just 15 minutes.
Ruben Schaken finished a lovely move after breaking free from the Groningen defenders when Tonny Vilhena lofted a deft ball over the hosts backline.
In a rare goal, defender Stefan De Vrij completed a comfortable win four minutes after the break. After the Groningen defence failed to clear a free-kick that bobbled around the area, De Vrij hit the loose ball into the ground and made it 2-0.
GRONINGEN: Bizot, Hateboer, Botteghin, Kappelhof, Burnet (Kirm 75), Hiariej (Zivkovic 45), Lindgren, Chery, Van der Velden (Adorjan 62), Zeefuik, Kostic.
SUBS NOT USED: Van der Lei, Magnasco, Wijnaldum, Van Nieff.
BOOKINGS: Chery 67.
FEYENOORD: Mulder, Van Beek, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi, Kongolo, Clasie, Immers, Vilhena (Vormer 86), Schaken, Te Vrede (Boëtius 66).
SUBS NOT USED: Lamprou, Nelom, Bakkal, Goossens, Armenteros.
GOALS: Schaken 15, De Vrij 49.
AJAX 1-1 SC CAMBUUR
Ajax’s lead at the top of the Eredivisie has been cut to six points after the defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw by SC Cambuur at the Amsterdam Arena.
The Amsterdam outfit came into the weekend with an eight-point cushion at the top but Vitesse’s win against NAC Breda on Saturday evening applied the pressure and Frank de Boer’s men could not respond.
The hosts got off to a good start as Siem De Jong gave the Amsterdammers the lead after just two minutes. After youngster left-winger Ricardo Kishna robbed Wout Droeste of the ball high up the pitch, Kishna whipped the ball into De Jong in the area to finish.
One would imagine with such an early goal that the heavens would open however, this was not the case. Cambuur were resilient and kept Ajax at bay even though the in-form Lasse Schöne returned in the side replacing Barca’s on-loanee Bojan Krkic.
The visitor’s main threat was a player that belongs to Ajax, Jody Lukoki. With his lightening quick pace, he caused the Ajax defenders many problems that needed to be cut out early before he tested goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Cambuur should have been level on 36 minutes after Marcel Ritzmaier placed a perfect corner in for the unmarked Mohamed El Makrini, but the midfielder could not get his header on target and it was a huge let-off for De Boer’s men.
As the game went on Cambuur looked the most likely to score but Cillessen pulled off some great stops to save his side. The away side were threatening from long range efforts with Ritzmaier and half-time substitute Michiel Hemmen lashing most of the shots at the goalkeeper.
The inevitable came as Martijn Barto levelled things up on 53 minutes for 11th-placed Cambuur. The marking at a corner was once again poor by Ajax as another Ritzmaier ball was placed perfectly on the head of the unmarked Barto to nod home.
Ajax had to step it up a gear as the 52,000 fans inside the Amsterdam Arena became restless but Cambuur keeper Leonard Nienhuis held firm and was involved in an unique decision by referee Danny Makkelie. With just ten minutes to go, Makkelie awarded a free-kick inside the Cambuur penalty area as the goalkeeper was adjudged to be time-wasting and held onto the ball for more than the allowed six seconds. Luckily for the Cambuur stopper, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson effort was deflected wide of the goal.
Ajax’s pressure in the last ten minutes was too little, too late and Frank de Boer and the Amsterdam crowd had to settle for the point.
AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Riedewald (Poulsen 72), Klaassen, Blind, Serero, Schöne (Sigthórsson 60), De Jong, Kishna (Bojan 51).
SUBS NOT USED: Vermeer, Duarte, Denswil, De Sa.
GOALS: De Jong 2.
CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Droste, Leeuwin, Van der Laan, Bijker, El Makrini (Mulders 84), Van Moorsel (Dijkstra 78), Ritzmaier, Lukoki, Barto, Manu (Hemmen 45).
SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Van Boxel, Pereira, Schepers.
GOALS: Barto 53.
BOOKINGS: Ritzmaier 41, Leeuwin 79, Barto 90+3, Lukoki 90+4.
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