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EREDIVISIE: Excelsior 3-2 Go Ahead Eagles





The newly promoted Excelsior grabbed a late three points in a five goal thriller against Go Ahead Eagles which saw Eagles keeper Eric Cummins get on the scoresheet writes Will Burns.

In front of small crowd of 3,213 inside the Stadion Woudestein, we saw a slow start to quiet an extraordinary game with neither side creating any clear cut chances.

However, the hosts took the lead with some great technique from young attacker Jordan Botaka on 19 minutes.  Khalid Karami played a poor ball into the area, but the Eagles’ defence failed to clear and Botaka received the ball with his back to goal and instead of spinning and shooting he cheekily flicked a back heel past Erik Cummings to make it 1-0. It was fantastic technique to pull it off which left Eagles keeper Cummings completely dumbfounded.

As the rain poured down, the hosts did not take their foot off the pedal and went for a second goal and Botaka nearly had his second of the game when he was played in by the lively Daryl van Mieghem from the left wing. This time the winger failed to meet the target from close range, as his effort cannoned off the foot of the post.

The visitors should have been level before half-time when Deniz Türüç saw his low drive from the edge of the area booted off the line by Kevin van Diermen. The second half began as the first-half finished with the Eagles searching for the equaliser and came close soon after the interval through Marnix Kolder, however the striker dragged his effort wide.

Excelsior on the counter attack found a second goal just prior to the hour mark through Tom van Weert, although the striker did not much about the goal. Van Miegham shot towards goal but it was going wide until Van Weert stuck his knee out and diverted it past Cummins to make it 2-0.

The hosts were in the ascendancy and their tails were up but an extraordinary goal got Go Ahead back in the game. Goalkeeper Erik Cummins planted a long kick out of his hands up the field, and the ball bounced high just outside of Excelsior’s penalty area and over Jordy Deckers into the net.

Six minutes later, the game was level through defender Sven Nieuwpoort. Jop van der Linden whipped a free-kick into the box and the right-back escaped marker Van Weert to head home.

Five minutes from the end, lightning nearly struck twice when a long kick from Eagles keeper Cummins nearly caught out Deckers again, but the Excelsior stopped grabbed the ball much to the home crowd’s delight.

Four minutes into stoppage time, the home side clinched all three points after referee Jeroen Manschot awarded Excelsior a spot-kick after Turuc had deemed to foul Van der Linden in the area while tussling from a free-kick. Captain Sander Fischer coverted the penalty to clinch Excelsior their first win of the season.


EXCELSIOR: Deckers, Karami, Fischer, Van Diermen, Brito, Kruijs, Auassar, Stans (Vermeulen 84), Botaka, Van Weert (Maletic 76), Van Mieghem (Gouriye 62).

SUBS NOT USED: Mattheij, Damen, Hutten, Bovenberg.

GOALS: Botaka 19, van Weert 59, Fischer 90+4P.

BOOKINGS: Karami 84.

GO AHEAD: Cummins, Nieuwpoort, Vriends, Van der Linden, Schenk, Overgoor, Türüç, Van Ooijen (Rijsdjjk 66), De Sa (Reimerink 82), Kolder, Schalk (Lewis 76).

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Hart, De Bondt, Van der Meer, Ten Den.

GOALS: Cummins 69, Nieuwpoort 75.

BOOKINGS: Lewis 85, Vriends 89, Turuc 90+3.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Tom van Weert (Excelsior)


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EREDIVISIE: NAC Breda 1-1 Excelsior





Eredivisie newcomers Excelsior clinched a vital 1-1 draw away to prospected relegation rivals NAC Breda which saw two goals scored in a matter of minutes.

The Eredivisie new boys started well and the tricky Jordan Botaka caused NAC a lot of trouble from the start. It was clear that NAC defensive midfielder Joeri de Kamps had a game plan for the young winger, rough him up and keep him out the game. However, it almost backfired when referee Jeroen Sanders made a terrible error on 18 minutes. De Kamps was clearly seen fouling Botaka in the area, although the referee stated it was outside the box. Despite the protests, the free-kick was awarded and NAC had been spared.

Breda’s goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar was presented a plaque pre-match, for this was his 205th consecutive Eredivisie game for the club. Unfortunately for the stopper, he was beaten on 19 minutes.

Kenny van der Weg got his feet tangled with Excelsior striker Tom van Weert and referee Sanders pointed to the spot. It was a soft decision, possibly making up for the one the officials missed a few minutes previous. Jeff Stans converted the spot-kick even though Ten Rouwelaar guessed the right way and got his fingertips to the ball.

From the restart, NAC were level. Moroccan Under-23 international Adnane Tighadouini hit a first time shot after a poor clearance from the erratic Jordy Deckers, and the ball ended up in the empty goal.

Breda should have taken the lead moments later, again Tighadouini involved. Kingsley Boateng, NAC’s new signing from AC Milan, whipped the ball away from Kevin van Diermen and crossed low across the goal. The Moroccan was arriving at the back post and smashed his finish off the foot of the post.

After the break, NAC had another chance to take the lead but wasted the opportunity again. Erik Falkenburg’s long range effort was pushed onto the post by Deckers and Elson Hooi blazed the rebound over from a few yards out.

Excelsior may have had another penalty in the dying seconds when Boateng was deemed to handball in the area but nothing was awarded. NAC will need to improve their efforts in front of goal or better teams than Excelsior will punish them for the mistakes.


NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, Ssewankambo, Drost, Van der Weg, Amieux, Falkenburg, De Kamps, Matic, Hooi (Sarpong 70), Boateng, Tighadouini.

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Damcevski, De Roover, Suk, El Allouchi.

GOALS: Tighadouini 20.

BOOKINGS: De Kamps 40.

EXCELSIOR: Deckers, Karami, Fischer, Van Diermen, Brito, Kruijs, Auassar, Stans (Vermeulen 86), Botaka, Van Weert (Gouriye 71), Van Mieghem (Hutten 76).

SUBS NOT USED: Mattheij, Damen, Bovenberg, Maletic.

GOALS: Stans 19P.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Jordan Botaka (Excelsior)


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