A convincing warrior-like performance from Vitesse saw them nick all three points away from struggling NAC Breda, courtesy of Bertrand Traoré’s solitary strike writes Cian Woulfe.
The visitors came into this game high on confidence, fresh off the back of beating champions Ajax last weekend and Peter Bosz’s side thoroughly dominated the fixture in every aspect, restricting the helpless hosts to just three shots on goal.
Traoré, the Burkina Faso striker on loan from Chelsea, capitalised on an awful piece of defending from young defender Menno Koch, before sliding the ball past the desperate Ten Rouwelaar to win it for Vitesse.
The Arnhem side started the game brightly, when Traore shot straight at the goalkeeper, following clever build-up play from Marko Vejinovic and Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili. NAC struggled to make an immediate impact on the game, though due to Vitesse’s apparent susceptibility to a counter-attack, they were able to break free quite a lot.
Vejinovic almost scored one of the goals of the season on 19 minutes, when he hit a 40 yard free-kick towards the bottom corner, but Rouwelaar managed to tip it round the post, albeit bringing over-hopeful Vitesse supporters off their seats in the process.
Breda had their only clear-cut chance of the game on 35 minutes, when the aforementioned Koch, on loan from league leaders PSV, smashed an unmarked header just inches wide of the goal, as Eloy Room stood stranded in the visiting goal.
Denys Oliynyk should have been the man to instigate his side finally taking the lead when he sublimely chested down Vejinovic’s exquisite long-ball, but he blasted over on the turn, from close range.
The second half didn’t start quite so explosively as the first, with only a side-netting-bound shot from Zakaria Labyad threatening either goal in the first 10 minutes.
It then took a moment of slack defending from Breda’s back-line to set Traore poking the ball underneath the goalkeeper, silencing the Rat Verlegh Stadion.
NAC almost found a bizarre route into the game on 70 minutes however, when Adnane Tighadouini – former Vitesse player and NAC’s only bright spark in the game – sent a seemingly harmless cross over, only for it to fool Room and hit the inside of the far post and stun Vitesse’s defence, while sending the home crowd into overdrive.
Disappointingly though, rather than use that momentum and exploit the momentary lapse in Vitesse’s concentration, Breda failed to register another shot on goal for the rest of the game, allowing the jubilant visitors to see out the game with relative comfort, even being able to bring off star player Traore.
The only other chance at either side feel to Vako, when substitute and winner of the game against Ajax last week Uros Djurdjevic pulled the ball back, only for the Georgian midfielder to poke wide of an open goal.
The win sees Vitesse stay in 8th place, while panic-stricken NAC continue their miserable winless run and sit slumped in 17th.