BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Despite not making the starting line up, Juan Agudelo had another good game for Utrecht, though they were handed a lopsided defeat against Heerenveen.
Heerenveen 4 - 1 Utrecht
Juan Agudelo came on for Adam Sarota in the 64th minute, but the American's injection wasn't enough as Heerenveen trounced the visiting Utrecht at Abe Lenstra Stadium on Sunday.
Though Utrecht created the bulk of chances in the early going, Marten de Roon put Heerenveen on top just before halftime. After receiving Alfred Finnbogason's pass, the midfielder ripped a shot past Utrecht keeper Robbin Ruiter to make it 1-0 in the 39th minute.
Finnobogason, the Eredivisie's leading scorer with 28 goals this season, supplied the assist on Heerenveen's second goal as well. The Icelandic attacker spotted Hakim Ziyech streaking into the box and laid it off to the young Dutchman who sent it into the net.
Young defender Joost van Aken headed home a Ziyech free kick in the 81st minutes to put the hosts up a commanding 3 - 0.
Agudelo put in another solid shift for Utrecht, and grabbed consolation for himself with an assist in the 90th minute. The former MLS started sent a header towards Jacob Mulenga, who scored his third goal in his last four games to bring the score to 3 - 1.
Heereneveen re-asserted their dominance in stoppage time, as Finnbogason grabbed a goal for himself to put a cap on his prolific afternoon.
Utrecht's last game of the season is next Saturday, when they'll host Vitesse.
ADO Den Haag 2 - 1 AZ
Aron Johannsson played 60 minutes before being subsituted, as AZ fell to ADO Den Haag in a battle between two teams in the middle of the Eredivisie standings.
After AZ opened the stronger of the two teams, Mike van Duinen gave ADO a shock lead in the 21st minute, pouncing on a rebound in the box and slotting it home to put his team up 1-0.
With just one goal in his last six games, Johannsson couldn't find the back of the net again on Sunday. Though the American helped spur his team in attack, creating chances for teammates as well as supplying his typical work rate, Johannsson only got one shot off for himself in the game.
Danny Holla stretched ADO's lead in the 80th minute. Michiel Kramer picked up the assist as the 25-year old midfielder fired a low shot past Esteban to put the host's up 2 - 0.
Minutes later, substitute Markus Henriksen pulled AZ back within one in the 83rd minute, latching on to a silky through ball from Steven Berghuis before rifling a shot into the ADO net to make it 2 - 1.
AZ couldn't muster another threat on net however, and continued their unenviable stretch of seven games without a win in all competitions.
Though they have qualified for the Europa League playoff's, AZ's last regular season Eredivisie game is next weekend against second-place Feyenoord.
Helmond Sport 1 - 2 Den Bosch
Charles Kazlauskas played the whole game for Helmond as they ended a disappointing season with a home loss against Den Bosch on Friday.
Helmond grabbed the initial lead in the 37th minute. Jeffrey van Nuland's corner spun towards fellow defender KennyTeijsse, who headed it past Den Bosch 'keeper Bruno Appels to give Helmond the lead.
Istvan Bakx knotted the score for Den Bosch in the 63rd minute before former Helmond star Erik Quekel put the guests up for good in the 67th minute.
Kazlauskas ended up starting every game for Helmond this season, playing 3,407 out of 3,420 possible minutes in league play this year. The American was only given a rest once, being substituted in the 77th minute of Helmond's second to last game against Jong Twente on April 18th, with Helmond aready up 4 - 1.
Dion Watson made the bench, but, after making his fourth appearance of the season against Almere City last weekend, didn't see the field for Fortuna Sittard as they tied Emmen 1-1