ADO Den Haag 2-2 FC Utrecht
Den Haag were deservedly level just before half time when Charlton Vicento was played through on goal to slot home the equaliser.
The homesters took the lead on the hour when an absolute thunderbolt by Lex Immers, from the edge of the box, nearly broke the back of the net. A glorious effort. With 10 minutes remaining Utrecht made it all square when Leon de Kogel scored from the penalty spot, after a handball in the box. The homesters had chances to nick the points but a draw was a fair result.
|Leon de Kogel equalises for Utrecht|
4.30pm, Sunday 20th November 2011
Excelsior 0-0 AZ Alkmaar
(Abandoned at half time due to fog)
This was a thrilling end-to-end game with lots of goalmouth action and fantastic displays of footballing skills. Total Dutch football at it's finest. Well it could have been for all that could be seen in the ground!
It was clear from the off that this game was never going to reach a conclusion and to be honest, it should never have started. Upon arrival at ground it was clear to see, or rather not, that this game had no chance.
From where we sat in the stand you couldn't see the other side of the pitch or the stand behind the far goal. The referee did start the game but when the ball was in play, once it crossed the halfway line it was anyone's guess as to what was happening.
Ten minutes before the interval, the fog became thicker and really the referee had no choice to bring the game to a premature conclusion. As is the way in Holland, the 2nd half will be played on Wednesday 7th December. Unfortunately I will not be there!
|The view from my seat...absolutely pea soup!|
Match, err, highlights available via this link....
It was a very worrying trip back to Schipol Airport, as the fog showed no sign of relenting, and, with flights to the UK being cancelled all over the place, there was a growing sense of anticipation that we would not be going home. However everything turned out fine in the end and the plane was only delayed by about 20 minutes, bringing to an end another great weekend of hopping!