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30th January – 1st February 2018

The quarter final stage of this season’s KNVB Beker got underway on Tuesday evening at De Grolsch Veste where three goals in the space of sixteen second half minutes saw FC Twente end Eerste Divisie outfit, Cambuur’s hopes of making a second successive appearance in the final four of the competition.

Having amassed a formidable cup pedigree over the course of the past two seasons, the away side appeared on course to claim yet another big scalp when Nigel Robertha sent an untracked Mathias Schils clear to slot the ball past an onrushing Joel Drommel from just inside the area to break the deadlock twelve minutes before the break.

Despite enjoying a half time lead, the visitors would find themselves pegged back just before the hour when the home side were handed the opportunity to restore parity after Martijn van der Laan pulled Tom Boere to the ground on the edge of the box, leaving Oussama Assaidi to dispatch the resultant spot kick.

Buoyed by the Moroccan’s strike, the hosts would edge themselves ahead just eight minutes later when Adam Maher curled a free kick from just outside the area into the top left hand corner of Erik Cummins’ net before striking again fourteen minutes from time with a spectacular long range effort that left the visiting ‘keeper grasping at thin air to dispel any hopes the visitors may have harboured of staging a late comeback.

Wednesday’s cup action got underway at the AFAS Stadion where four-time cup winners, AZ Alkmaar remained on course to lift the trophy for the first time since 2013 by hitting an undermanned PEC Zwolle for four.

Buoyed by having claimed their first victory since the turn of the year by scoring twice in the opening fourteen minutes of their encounter with Willem II on Sunday afternoon, it took just twenty-one minutes for John van den Brom’s men to break the deadlock when, having been set away by a long ball from Stijn Wuytens, Wout Weghorst shrugged off the attentions of Dirk Marcellis and chipped the ball delightfully over an onrushing Diederik Boer to put his side a goal to the good.

Despite Wouter Marinus restoring parity for the visitors by glancing home a skewed effort from Younes Namli on the edge of the box just ten minutes later, when an untracked Guus Til ghosted in to fire home an Oussama Idrissi corner five minutes before the break things would swing back in the home side’s favour and when visiting ‘keeper, Boer was given his marching orders by referee, Bas Nijhuis, for handling the ball outside his area after haring off his line to snuff out an Alireza Jahanbakhsh-led breakaway nine minutes after the restart, John van ‘t Schip’s side were left with the proverbial mountain to climb.

Any thoughts of a comeback were dispelled just six minutes later when, having drawn the attentions of stand-in ‘keeper, Mickey van der Hart, Weghorst picked out an unmarked Idrissi at the back post to make it three before the AZ skipper claimed his second of the evening after being slipped in by an unselfish Jahanbakhsh seconds after the Iranian international had been sent clear by an incisive through ball from Fredrik Midtsjø nineteen minutes from time.

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The night’s action was concluded at De Kuip where 2016 cup winners, Feyenoord ended table-topping, PSV Eindhoven’s hopes of securing a double in the tie of the round.

The importance of this game wasn’t lost on the hosts who took just three minutes to break the deadlock when Sam Larsson beat Santiago Arias to slide the ball into an unguarded net after Jeroen Zoet could only partially block a low drive from Steven Berghuis, whose swift give and go with Nicolai Jørgensen had unhinged the visitors back line seconds earlier.

With any chance of defending their Eredivisie crown now long gone, the home side ensured that they would remain on course to add to August’s Johan Cruijff Schaal triumph when Tonny Vilhena doubled the host’s lead with a deflected strike from just outside the area after the away side could only partially clear a Larsson corner from the left ten minutes before the break.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side might have made their victory even more emphatic but, despite initially allowing a 59th minute effort by Jørgensen, referee, Pol van Boekel later chalked off the Danish international’s strike after consulting with the video referee as replays showed the 27-year-old to have strayed marginally offside as Renato Tapia set him away with an incisive through-ball.

Despite seeing Brad Jones palm a Mauro Junior free kick onto the bar just three minutes later there ultimately proved to be no coming back for PSV as the hosts held on to claim a semi-final berth.

The one remaining quarter final tie took place on Thursday evening in Tilburg where penalties were required to separate hosts, Willem II and Roda JC, with the home side edging out their guests 5-4 to claim a place in the last four of the competition.

Despite a covering Daryl Werker clearing a goal-bound effort from Fran Sol off the line thirteen minutes in and Fernando Lewis striking the foot of Hidde Jurjus’ right hand upright just three minutes later, the tie would remain scoreless until eight minutes before the break when, with Fernando Lewis having been penalised for pulling a marauding Jannes Vansteenkiste down inside the area, a nonchalantly taken spot kick from Feyenoord loanee, Simon Gustafson put the away side into a somewhat undeserving lead.

However, the visitor’s advantage would last just two minutes before Vansteenkiste’s attempted clearance of a Thom Haye free kick fell invitingly for Bartholomew Ogbeche to nod the ball beyond a static Jurjus.

The visitors would restore their advantage three minutes into the second half when Schalke loanee, Donis Avdijaj cut in from the left and unleashed a blistering drive into the top left hand corner of Mattijs Branderhorst’s net.

However, the home side would claw their way back onto level terms for a second time just after the hour when a deflected Konstantinos Tsimikas free kick found its way past Jurjus and the host’s Greek defender might have secured his side’s place in the final four in similar fashion were it not for a covering Henk Dijkhuizen, who was on hand to head the 21-year-old’s 66th minute set piece off the line.

With the game headed for extra time the away side looked to have snatched a late winner but Avdijaj’s 82nd minute effort was ruled out by the video referee, who deemed Mikhail Rosheuvel to have handled the ball earlier in the move.

The hosts might have snatched it at the death when Haye saw his volley from just outside the area clip the outside of Jurjus’ left hand upright seconds after Christian Kum had cleared an Ogbeche effort off the line when another Tsimikas free kick sparked chaos inside the visitor’s box in the first minute of added time.

Despite Mohamed El Hankouri striking the foot of Jurjus’ right hand upright with a low drive from the edge of the area seconds after replacing Haye during the break in extra time, the game would go to penalties with the decisive moment coming when, with the hosts having converted all five of their spot kicks, second half substitute, Tsiy William Ndenge saw his attempt saved by Branderhorst.


Quarter Finals

FC Twente 3-1 Cambuur

AZ Alkmaar 4-1 PEC Zwolle

Feyenoord 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

Willem II 2-2 Roda JC

(Willem II win 5-4 on penalties)

Semi Final Draw

AZ Alkmaar vs FC Twente

Feyenoord vs Willem II


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KNVB BEKER FINAL Preview & Betting Tips


Sunday 3rd May



Ron Jans has big game experience as he leads his side into yet another final searching for his third trophy in just over twelve months as PEC Zwolle face FC Groningen in the KNVB Beker showdown at De Kuip. Looking to make a profit from the match, Will Burns discusses on what bets show the most value this coming Sunday afternoon in Rotterdam.

Zwolle can thank playmaker Jesper Drost for yet another successful season. The team currently sits in seventh in the Europa League playoff positions and the 22-year-old has been involved in more goals during this season’s Eredivisie campaign than any other player in the squad, notching eight goals with seven assists.

Attacking midfielder Stef Nijland, whom Jans has employed as a striker for part of the season, is the team’s top scorer on 11 goals. Czech international Tomas Necid is joint second with Drost on eight goals apiece.

Just below them in eighth is Sunday’s opposition, Edwin van der Looi’s FC Groningen. The Pride of the North are undefeated in the last six games which has helped sit on the edge of the playoffs themselves, however if they were to lose on Sunday, they would enter in place of Zwolle, who would qualify automatically for the tournament outright.

Van der Looi has relied heavily on Tjaronn Chery and Michael de Leeuw for goals this season, with both attackers top the tally charts on 14 each. Zwolle will also have to be aware of the aerial threat of Brazilian centre-back Eric Botteghin, who has headed three goals this term and can be a real hazard at attacking set-pieces.

In an ironic twist, Zwolle and Groningen meet next weekend in the penultimate group of the games in the Eredivisie season.


Zwolle just have a knack of coming up big in the big games and after defeating the mighty Ajax 5-1 in last year’s final, Jans’ side will be hopeful of retaining the trophy and at a handsome 31/20 that looks a great bet at Bet Victor. Groningen are just outside that at 17/20 with the draw on 90 minutes valued at 12/5.

One thing for sure, looking at the goals markets, this game should see the goalkeepers tested often. Zwolle have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 matches, with Groningen going one better with two shutouts in the same amount of games. On that note, Both Teams to Score is coming in at a decent 4/6. If your feeling really lucky why not combine Zwolle and BTTS for a massive 19/5.


Zwolle to win – 31/20

Both Teams to Score – 4/6

Zwolle to win with Both Teams to Score – 19/5

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KNVB Beker round-up


Earlier this month, the draw for the first and second rounds of the KNVB Beker was made. Here’s a quick rundown of those fixtures. Can PEC Zwolle defend the trophy after clinching it last season for the first time in their history?

The tournament begins at the end of the month with forty-two teams from Dutch amateur leagues.

First Round Draw (ties to be played 27th August 2014)

ADO’20 vs. Scheveningen

ASWH vs. HSC’21

BVV Barendrecht vs. De Ster

Capelle vs. EHC/Heuts

Deltasport vs. Leonidas

De Bataven vs. Urk

DOS’37 vs. WAVV

EVV Echt vs. Spirit’30.

FC Lienden vs. Excelsior Maassluis

Flevo Boys vs. Haaglandia/Winston

FVC vs. Sportlust ’46

HBS vs. Juliana’ 31

IJsselmeervogels vs. JVC Cuijck

Ajax Amateurs vs. De Valk

Jong Feyenoord vs. ASV De Dijk

JOS Watergraafsmeer vs. VV Noordwijk

Kozakken Boys vs. Stormvogels ’28

MSC vs. ONS Boso Sneek

Oude Maas vs. DOSKO

WKE vs. Pelikaan

ZVS vs. FC Lisse

The second round sees the big boys from the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie join the competition. Defending champions PEC Zwolle will play host to FC Oss, who had a disappointing Eerste Divisie campaign last year, finishing 19th in the twenty team league. Zwolle of course Runners-up Ajax will have an easy trip to either vv Noordwijk or JOS Watergraafsmeer who clash in the first round. Two all-Eredivisie ties were pulled out of the hat as PSV host FC Utrecht and Feyenoord travel to Deventer to play Go Ahead Eagles.

Second Round Draw (ties to be played 23rd-25th September 2014)

Achilles ’29 vs. FC Twente

ADO ’20/Scheveningen vs. ZVS/Lisse

AFC vs. SBV Excelsior

Almere City vs. ADO Den Haag

ASWH/HSC ’21 vs. WKE/Pelikaan

Barendrecht/De Ster vs. FC Groningen

Bataven/Urk vs. UNA

Capelle/EHC/Heuts vs. FC Volendam

Deltasport/Leonidas vs. Willem II

De Treffers vs. Telstar

EVV/Spirit ’30 vs. AZ Alkmaar

FC Den Bosch vs. SC Cambuur

FC Lienden/Excelsior Maassluis vs. FC Emmen

Flevo Boys/Haaglandia vs. DOS ’37/WAVV

Go Ahead Eagles vs. Feyenoord

HBS/Juliana ’31 vs. Heracles Almelo

HHC Hardenberg vs. RKC Waalwijk

IJsselmeervogels/JVC Cuijk vs. GVVV

Ajax Amateurs/De Valk vs. NEC Nijmegen

Jong Feyenoord/De Dijk vs. Fortuna Sittard

JOS Watergraafsmeer/vv Noordwijk vs. Ajax

Kozakken Boys/Stormvogels ’28 vs. FVC/Sportlust ’46

MSC/ONS vs. FC Dordrecht

MVV Maastricht vs. Helmond Sport

Oude Maas/DOSKO vs. De Graafschap

PEC Zwolle vs. FC Oss

PSV Eindhoven vs. FC Utrecht

Rijnsburgse Boys vs. Sparta Rotterdam

Roda JC Kerkrade vs. SC Heerenveen

Spakenburg vs. NAC Breda

VVV-Venlo vs. FC Eindhoven

VVSB vs. Vitesse Arnhem


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KNVB Beker Final: Ajax find the 5-1 defeat hard to Zwolle


Sunday 20th April



Sunday was an amazing day for PEC Zwolle’s fans across the country as they humilated Frank de Boer’s Ajax to a 5-1 thumping to clinch their first ever major trophy in Dutch football. However, the result proved to be not the only fireworks of the afternoon.

The final at the De Kuip had to be temporarily stopped due to the troublesome minority of Ajax fans that threw explosives onto the pitch.

Play was suspended after the opening seconds when Zwolle’s first attack into the Ajax’s penalty area was greeted with the raining down of smoke bombs thrown by the Ajax supporters. Rotterdam police stated 19 fans were arrested prior the kick-off for bad behaviour and carrying fireworks and other explosives.

The fireworks damaged the pitch and burnt advertising boards twice delay the play despite their own players and coaches protesting to the supporters. Match officials sent the players back to the dressing room with Ajax legend Edwin van der Sar marching on the pitch with a microphone and pleaded with fans. “Do not throw fireworks on the pitch, it’s dangerous,” Van der Sar said. “If it happens again, the match is abandoned.”

Just after play was re-started Ricardo van Rhijn gave the Amsterdammers the lead after just three minutes with a rocket of his own. Zwolle failed to fully clear a corner and the ball fell perfectly to the full-back to smash home a first time shot from 35 yards into the net off the underside of the cross bar.

PEC Zwolle Ajax Dutch Cupfinal 04202014

After the goal, the chaos resumed and the play was once again halted by the unruly Ajax fireworks being thrown onto the pitch. The game was not restarted for almost thirty minutes later when Zwolle showed real character to recover from Ajax’s early opener to win their first ever piece of silverware.

Minutes after restarting the game young New Zealand international Ryan Thomas turned Van Rhijn in the area and forced an effort towards goal. The Kiwi’s shot took a wicked deflection past Kenneth Vermeer in the Ajax goal to level the game up on eight minutes.

The 19 year old winger was in a dream world just four minutes later as he notched a second to take his side into the lead. Thomas smashed home on the rebound giving Vermeer no chance after a Maikel van der Werff free-kick cannoned back of the post. The disgraced Ajax fans behind the goal failed to celebrate the quick fire double by the overwhelming underdogs with such a great blaze as Van Rhijn’s goal.

Guyon Fernandez, on-loan from the host club Feyenoord, then broke the Ajax offside trap to race through on goal after 22 minutes to add a third with ease.

On 34 minutes, perhaps the Ajax fans had wished they have preserved some fireworks to get the game halted as Zwolle created more fireworks on the pitch and killed the tie off and make it 4-1.  Zwolle captain Bram van Polen whipped in a cross that was met by the head of Fernandez for the fourth. The striker rose above Niclas Moisander to head past Vermeer and the Zwolle supporters were starting to realise the dream was a reality.

The soon-to-be Eredivisie champions have been playing poorly for months but grinding out results to keep their status atop of the division. Sunday proved that they were totally outclassed by a side sitting mid-table in that same league and Zwolle fully deserved their fifth and final goal five minutes after the half-time break.

Van Polen got himself on the scoresheet to hammer the final nail into Ajax’s coffin firing home from a corner. Zwolle and manager Ron Jans were awarded the trophy and took home the spoils as Ajax were sent out of Rotterdam with their tails firmly in-between their legs.


ZWOLLE: Boer, Van Polen, Van der Werff, Broerse (Lachman 71), Van Hintum, Mokotjo, Klich, Saymak (Narsingh 64), Drost, Thomas (Gravenbeek 83), Fernandez

SUBS NOT USED: Begois, Karagounis, Nijland, Benson.

GOALS: Thomas 8 & 12, Fernandez 22 & 34, Van Polen 50.

BOOKINGS: Van Polen 24.

AJAX: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Boilesen, Moisander (Poulsen 54), Denswil, Blind, Schöne (Kishna 80), Klaassen, Serero, Bojan (De Sa 54), Sigthórsson.

SUBS NOT USED: Cillessen, Van der Hoorn, Ligeon, Duarte.

GOALS: Van Rhijn 3.

BOOKINGS: Blind 24.


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KNVB BEKER FINAL Preview & Betting Tip


Sunday 20th April



Ron Jans and Frank de Boer lead their teams out at De Kuip later this afternoon competing for the first trophy of the Dutch football season. Winning the KNVB Beker gives Ajax a domestic double after virtually wrapping up the Eredivisie championship last weekend. For Zwolle, this could prove to be the day that they lift their first ever cup.

This could be third time lucky for the underdogs, PEC Zwolle, as the Blauwvingers have been runners-up twice in this competition in 1928 and 1977. Ron Jans heads to Rotterdam without Aussie defender Trent Sainsbury due to a knee injury, and goalkeeper Kevin Begois misses out with an ankle problem. Denis Mahmudov is also an absentee with a hamstring strain while Leroy Labelle will face a late fitness test.

Ajax are without striking duo Viktor Fischer and Siem de Jong who have been ruled out for the rest of the season. Ricardo Van Rhijn and Daley Blind were suspended for last weekend’s 3-2 win over ADO Den Haag, but will naturally return to the starting line-up today. Their return will come to the expense of young duo Jairo Riedewald and Kenny Tete. First choice central defender Joël Veltman is suspended and his spot will be filled by Mike van der Hoorn.

This game promises goals as Ajax should assert their dominance, however, in this one-off game  Zwolle will be fired up and will strive to battle against the occasion as well as their superior opponents.

Obviously, Ajax hold a superior record in meetings against today’s opponents. The Amsterdammers are unbeaten in the last eight prior encounters winning seven and drawn one. That draw came in February in their most recent meeting and on that occasion, Zwolle striker Guyon Fernandez netted a late first-half goal which cancelled out Davy Klaassen’s opener to ensure the home side took a share of the spoils.

Nevertheless, despite the draw, Ajax will be the definite favourites for today’s final and should claim their 19th KNVB Beker crown.

For our best bet, Bet Victor offers 19/10 for Ajax to win with both teams scoring. This game will be open and produce many chances and with Veltman missing through injury, Zwolle will have plenty of opportunities to grabs goals.

BEST BET: Ajax to win with Both Teams to Score (19/10 – Bet Victor)


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KNVB Beker Semi Final: Vermeer & Schone takes Ajax through


Thursday 27th March



Ajax will face PEC Zwolle in Rotterdam on the 20th of April in the KNVB Beker final after narrowly defeating holders AZ Alkmaar tonight. It was a  game with some strange refereeing decisions, but Frank de Boer can thank the heroics of goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer for the victory.

Vermeer en Schöne helpen Ajax naar de Kuip

Frank de Boer’s side should have opened the scoring after twenty minutes, but AZ’s goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado stopped Daley Blind from point blank range in the area to send the AFAS Stadion into raptures. The Costa Rican stopper has had a great season and will be lining up against Italy, Uruguay and England in the World Cup finals in June.

Joël Veltman was dismissed on 33 minutes after his second bookable offence occurred within a minute of receiving his first. Referee Pol van Boekel awarded the first yellow for a trip on Roy Beerens but the second yellow nearly punished Ajax further than being reduced to ten men.

Veltman tugged on Victor Elm’s shirt in the area and ­­­­Van Boekel pointed straight to the spot and sent the Ajax defender off.  For the second consecutive game, American striker Aron Jóhannsson missed the spot-kick with goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer saving with ease.

At the break, Ajax made a change with Stefano Denswil slotting in at centre-back replacing Nicolas Boilesen with Blind sitting in at left-back. Within a minute of restart, Ajax found themselves on level terms with the number of players on each side and a goal up.

Swedish full-back Mattias Johansson was sent for an early bath after receiving his second yellow tripping up Lesley de Sa. Video replays showed that De Sa had indeed tripped over his own feet and AZ were unfairly reduced to ten. Danish midfielder Lasse Schöne stepped up and curled in the free-kick with great precision.

As the second half progressed, AZ started to press but attempt after attempt was thwarted by Vermeer to help his side through to the final. This was the 100th win for Ajax with Frank de Boer as the manager and he will lead his side to De Kuip on 20th April in the final. Due to the likelihood of Ajax qualifying for the Champions League, as PEC Zwolle have reached the KNVB Beker final, this almost guarantees them entry in the UEFA Europa League next season.


AZ: Esteban, Johansson, Gouweleeuw, Viergever, Poulsen, Gudelj, Ortiz (Reijnen 51), Elm, Berghuis (Gudmundsson 64), Jóhannsson (Avdic 64), Beerens.

SUBS NOT USED: De Winter, Gorter, Henriksen, Wuytens.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Johansson 39.

SENT OFF: Johansson 47.

AJAX: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Boilesen (Denswil 46), Klaassen, Blind, Serero (Duarte 69), De Sa (Poulsen 73), Sigthórsson, Schöne.

SUBS NOT USED: Cillessen, Riedewald, Bojan, Kishna.

GOALS: Schöne 48.

BOOKINGS: Van Rhijn 7, Veltman 32, De Sa 71.

SENT OFF: Veltman 33.


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KNVB Beker Semi Final: Blunder gives Zwolle cup final


Wednesday 26th March



PEC Zwolle are through to their first KNVB Beker final for 37 years after a lucky goal gave them a 2-1 win over NEC Nijmegen.

20140326 - Dennis Gentenaar - NEC Nijmegen

The hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark from Jesper Drost. After the NEC failed to clear their lines, Drost collected the ball just outside the area and scuffed a low drive towards goal. The ball took a slight deflection and although the shot did not hold much power it was too much for Dennis Gentenaar to stop.

Six minutes before the break, the visitors were level. Club captain Ryan Koolwijk lofted a free-kick into the area from deep on the right wing. English striker Michael Higdon, as always, won the header which was smashed home with an acrobatic volley from Kevin Conboy. The midfielder dived into the ground ala Jurgen Klinsmann to celebrate.

After an even second half, Zwolle regained the lead with nine minutes courtesy of a terrible goalkeeping error from Gentenaar. In the wet conditions, Maikel van der Werff launched a long range effort towards goal that was hit straight at the keeper. Unfortunately, the shot bounced in front of the stopper and the ball squirmed under Gentenaar’s elbow and trickled over the line.

Zwolle now await the winner of AZ vs. Ajax tomorrow night to see who stands between them and their first ever KNVB Beker and their first major trophy in Dutch football.


ZWOLLE: Boer, Van Polen, Van der Werff, Broerse, Van Hintum, Mokotjo, Klich (Lachman 87), Karagounis, Drost, Thomas (Narsingh 73), Fernandez.

SUBS NOT USED: Begois, Saymak, Benson, Mahmudov, Gravenbeek.

GOALS: Drost 29, Van der Werff 81.

BOOKINGS: Boer 92.

NEC: Gentenaar, Vermijl, Van Eijden, Nielsen, Leiwakabessy, Conboy, Koolwijk, Gravenberch (Foor 31 (Štefánik 70)), Hemlein (Castillion 84), Higdon, Jahanbakhsh.

SUBS NOT USED: Johnsson, Disveld, Mulder, Jantscher.

GOALS: Conboy 39.

BOOKINGS: Nielsen 64, Conboy 88.


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KNVB Beker Quarter-Finals Report – Final four decided


The semi-finalists have been determines tonight, with PEC Zwolle, NEC Nijmegen and Ajax joining defending champions AZ Alkmaar in the final four.

Wednesday 22nd January


PEC Zwolle hit Topklasse side JVC Cuijk with a 5-1 scoreline that could have been a lot more if Ron Jans’ side had finished their chances.

Dominating from the kick off, Zwolle were ahead inside three minutes. Two defenders got on the scoresheet for the Eredivisie side. Left-back Bart van Hintum curled home in a free kick from the edge of the area and central defender Maikel van der Werff doubled the lead in the 16th minute.

Joris van Gerwen made it three on 19 minutes and Zwolle took their foot off the gas for the remainder of the first half.

On the hour mark, Macedonian striker Denis Mahmudov got the fourth and fifth goals with Kevin van Veen’s consulation goal sandwiched in between.

NEC houdt weer de nul en maakt zich op voor halve finale


Struggling in the Eredivisie, NEC Nijmegen are into the final four of the Dutch cup with a close 1-0 win at home to FC Utrecht.

The only goal of the game came after just seven minutes when Marnick Vermijl (on loan from Manchester United) met a Søren Rieks ball from the right wing and the Belgian slid the ball home.

Ajax in halve finale naar AZ, PEC Zwolle ontvangt NEC


Ajax are favourites to lift their 19th KNVB Beker after disposing of Feyenoord 3-1 at the Amsterdam Arena this evening.

The visitors took the lead after just six minutes, winger Jean-Paul Boëtius the goalscorer. After Lex Immers played Tonny Vilhena through on goal, recalled Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer rushed out and totally mistimed his challenge on Vilhena. The young Feyenoord playmaker attempted to chip the ‘keeper but the ball did not have enough pace to creep over the line, so Boëtius arrived to poke home.

Young Danish forward Viktor Fischer notched the equaliser on 34 minutes after a beautiful defence splitting ball from Daley Blind. The ball through played Fischer onside and one-on-one with Erwin Mulder, the Dane chipped the goalkeeper which allowed Daryl Janmaat to get back to challenge. Fischer persisted and eventually placed the ball home before Mulder got back on his line.

Bojan Krcic nodded home a second for Ajax on 68 minutes after Mulder had parried a Lasse Schöne header from Blind’s cross from the left. South African midfielder Thulani Serero grabbed a third in injury time to cement the win for the Amsterdammers.


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KNVB Beker Quarter-Finals Report – AZ advance


Krankzinnige minuut beslist bekerduel in Kerkrade

Tuesday 21st January


Dick Advocaat’s men advance in a controversial game that saw Roda’s Krisztián Németh sent off for barging into the referee. The Hungarian international clashed with referee Serdar Gözübüyük after the official’s deemed that the Hungarian striker had dived in the box on 57 minutes.

Current KNVB Beker holders AZ took the lead in fortunate fashion, Roy Beerens whipped in a corner on 31 minutes and after Jan Wuytens flicked the ball towards goal, the effort bounced onto the arm of Bart Biemens and past goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

Jon Dahl Tomasson must have rallied the team up as they blasted out of the blocks at the start of the second half but before they could get back into the game, in the 57th minute, Németh was sent off. It was an insane act by the striker that did not help the cause.

After arguments between players and Németh was finally removed from the pitch, which lead to AZ doubled their advantage just a minute later. Viktor Elm flicked on a long ball from the defence into the path of Aron Johansson who calmly finished and sent AZ into the semi-finals.


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KNVB BEKER Second Round Report


Just the two shock results in the second round of the Dutch cup (the KNVB Beker), as amutuer side Capelle handed Eerste Divisie team Almere City a 1-0 defeat to set up a tie with the Eredivisie’s FC Groningen in the Third Round draw. Meanwhile, Excelsior ’31 took Willem II to extra-time and turned the pro side over 2-1.

RKC Waalwijk - Heracles Almelo

The second round began on Tuesday with the big shock coming late that afternoon. Topklasse side Capelle saw off Almere with Marvin Strik scoring the only goal in extra time.

In an all-Eredivisie tie, Heracles overcame RKC Waalwijk in extra-time with a Thomas Bruns goal.

NEC Nijmegen eased into the next round as they hammered Hoofdklasse side Harkemase Boys 8-0 with Cristoph Hemlein netting a hat-trick. The other goals were netted by Navarone Foor, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Samuel Štefánik and a Jakob Jantscher double.

Katwijk - SC Cambuur

SC Cambuur smashed Katwijk 6-1 with Kevin Brands, Paco Van Moorsel, Martijn Barto, Marcel Ritzmaier, Ramon Leeuwin and Marlon Pereira all netting for the Eredivisie side, while striker Jos Leonard grabbed a consolation.

ADO Den Haag scored three second half goals to progress courtesy of GVVV. The score finished 3-0 to the Eredivisie side with goals from Vito Wormgoor, Mathias Gehrt and Mike van Duinen.

Go Ahead Eagles nailed down a 3-0 win over DVS’33, with Erik Falkenburg, Doke Schmidt and Jop van der Linden with the scoring.

PSV - Telstar

On Wednesday night, PSV came back from a goal down to defeat Telstar 4-1 thanks to a Jurgen Locadia hat-trick. It was a poor game which saw Dianga Matusiwa score at the Phillips Stadion after just nine minutes. Florian Jozefzoon equalised on 40 minutes before Locadia netted five minutes later from the penalty spot. The young striker converted his second spot-kick on 74 minutes and looked to handball his third in from a whipping free-kick from the right from Zakaria Bakkali. PSV were rewarded with a home time against Roda JC in the next round.

Ajax - FC Volendam

FC Volendam held an under strength Ajax side into extra time at the Amsterdam Arena, although the Eredivisie giants scored three goals in the added time to win 4-2 at the final whistle. Volendam’s man-of-the-match Robert Mühren equalised after Lucas Andersen had put Ajax ahead, before putting the striker scored again to put the Eerste Divisie side ahead in extra time. However, Ajax then rose with a Lasse Schöne double, and a Danny Hoesen goal giving them the victory and the home tie against the lowly ASWH.

Vitesse comfortably beat RVVH 3-1 even though they originally fell a goal behind. Theo Janssen, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, and Guram Kashia all netting with Jesse Eggers scoring for the minnows.

NAC Breda also had to come from behind against Smitshoek. Tom den Boer scored for the underdogs but Elson Hooi and Mats Seuntjens spared NAC’s blushes in a 2-1 win.

Goals from Filip Kostić and Genero Zeefuik gave FC Groningen a 2-0 win over AFC.

Rijnsburgse Boys took the lead against Roda JC through Martin van Eeuwijk, but the Kerkrade side fought back, and two goals from Frank Demouge to give them the victory.

FC Utrecht also coasted through to the next round with a 4-1 win over FC Den Bosch. The in-form Steve de Ridder notched again, Gevero Markiet also netting and Jens Toornstra scoring twice while Mark van der Maarel scored an own goal to give the visitors a consolation.

AZ - Sparta

The cup holders AZ Alkmaar needed extra time to progress past Sparta Rotterdam by four goals to one. Johan Voskamp levelled the game up after Mattias Johansson’s opener. Meanwhile in extra-time, a double from Aron Johannsson and a Steven Berghuis strike saw AZ safely through.

Continuing their postivie start to the season, PEC Zwolle beat Fortuna Sittard 2-0 with Joost Broerse and Rochdi Achenteh scoring the goals.

Feyenoord - FC Dordrecht

Thursday evening wrapped the action up with Feyenoord defeating FC Dordrecht 3-0 thanks to a Graziano Pelle goal with Ruben Schaken and Samuel Armenteros adding to the tally.

Goal-scoring machine Alfred Finnbogason continued his fine form scoring twice in Heerenveen’s 3-0 win over FC Twente. Luciano Slagveer opened the scoring.


Tuesday 24th September










ACHILLES ’29 5-1 HSC ‘21







Wednesday 25th September











ASWH 1-0 ADO ‘20


Thursday 26th September






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NEWS: Strootman ‘We have let the fans down’

It went all wrong on Thursday night for PSV.  The Eindhoven club knew they could end the season on a real high by clinching the KNVB Beker but they failed at the hands of AZ Alkmaar.

Strootman: “We all need to look in the mirror. Me too”

“This was the chance to finish the season in a dignified way”, said PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman after the game. “We had the chance to still give the supporters something, the atmosphere they created was fantastic, but we have let them down.”

“We have to make a stand and we did not succeed, due to our own mistakes and for that we need to look in the mirror. Me too.”

PSV found themselves 2-0 down at De Kuip after just fifteen minutes through goals from Adam Maher and Jozy Altidore.

Strootman: “We gave away too much space and AZ scored from their first two chances and when they both go in, it then becomes difficult…”

After half an hour of play, Jürgen Locadia grabbed an goal, but then PSV failed to produce any chances. Until, Jeremain Lens was close to equalizing as he smashed his shot against the post late in the game.

Although PSV had three penalty claims turned down in the game, Strootman refuses to use that as an excuse: “Let’s not talk about it, otherwise I’ll be accused of complaining.”



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KNVB BEKER REPORT: AZ Alkmaar 2-1 PSV Eindhoven

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AZ clinch their fourth KNVB Beker trophy

AZ 2 (Maher 11, Altidore 13)

PSV 1 (Locadia 30)

AZ Alkmaar hit a quickfire double to defeat favourites PSV Eindhoven two goals to one in De Kuip, Rotterdam to win their fourth KNVB Beker. The goals came from American international Jozy Altidore and Adam Maher. 19-year-old Maher showed the veterans of PSV how it’s done with an excellent opening goal and overall majestic performance.

In a dream start, Gertjan Verbeek’s side went a goal ahead from some magic from the young attacking maestro. Recieving the ball on the edge of the area, Maher ghosted past several PSV defenders and slotted the ball past Boy Waterman in the PSV goal after only 11 minutes. It was horrendous defending by Dick Advocaat’s team but a sublime piece of skill and the finish to match from Maher.

PSV needed to re-group and quickly, but unfortunately for De Boeren, it was not quick enough and they were hit with a sucker punch, two minutes later. The powerful Altidore scored his 32nd goal in all competitions this season on 13 minutes. A long ball through from Viktor Elm set-up the big strong American who ventured into the box, and forced a strong shot underneath Waterman. It was poor goalkeeping and poor defending all around from PSV again.

AZ were in full control is respect of the scoreboard but they were lucky to escape a good penalty shout against them. A Jurgen Locadia strike appeared to hit the arm of defender Nick Viergever, but referee Bjorn Kuiper waved play on.

It took some excellent work from Dries Mertens to create the PSV goal. Mertens sped past two defenders and crossed towards the back post where the ball met Wilfried Bouma’s head. Bouma’s header zipped across the goal for youngster Locadia, picked ahead of Tim Matavz for today’s game, to finish to give PSV some faith. This goal was PSV’s 144th goal in just 49 games this season and this equals a club record they set back in the 1987/88 season.

After the break, PSV came out looking likely that the Eindhoven side would reel in AZ during the second half, but chances for Mertens, Locadia and Strootman went begging and Jermain Lens missed a glorious opporuntity ten minutes from time, crashing the post with his close range shot.

AZ now enter Europe next season without having the worry of the playoffs, they will begin in the fourth qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. It is their first silverware since their 2009 Eredivisie title.

After the match, Jozy Altidore stated that this season ‘boys became men’ in this AZ side and on this performance, we can see that statement is accurate. What the future holds for this team is set to be seen with Maher almost certain to move on and Altidore, on this form, will be a wanted man throughout Europe.

Some major changes will happen this summer for PSV and on this display, they are well needed, whether or not Marcel Brands will be given the chance to spend money will need to be seen.



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