KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Matt Miazga earned his first piece of silverware in Europe as Vitesse went on to win the Dutch Cup over AZ Alkmaar in Rotterdam.
The win marks the first title for the team in their 125-year history.
It was a close battle between the two teams in the first half as neither could find the back of the net. However, AZ came close to scoring the opener in the third minute of play as Derrick Luckassen's blistering free kick rattled off the crossbar. AZ had another chance in the 19th minute when Wout Weghorst had an excellent chance to put away a close-range shot, but the ball went wide of the goal.
Vitesse was quiet in the first half but came to life in the second as forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored the goals that put their hands on the trophy.
The Dutchman scored his first in the 81st minute and he headed in a cross from teammate Milot Rashica to get their supporters jumping around in the stands.
Van Wolfswinkel added his second two minutes from time when he ran onto a long ball from Kevin Diks, slipped past his marker and curled his shot past AZ goalkeeper Tim Krul to bring more delight to the Vitesse supporters.
The cup win will ensure Vitesse a place in next season's Europa League.