MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 21, 2020
Luca de la Torre earned his first start for Heracles, but it was a game he would like to forget quickly as they were hammered by Willem II.
Willem II 4 - 0 Hercales
Luca de la Torre got the nod the nod for Hercales but it was a game to forget as he lasted only 58 mnutes while his team let in four second half goals as they suffered their first defeat in this very young Eredivisie season.
Both teams had sniffs at goal in the first half but the breakthrough didn't come until the second half, very early in the second half. In the 46th minute Vangelis Pavlidis was picked out, charged down the field and from the top of the 18 yard box let off a decent shot that he bent inside the far post for the first of his two goals on the day.
Pavlidis was at it again a few minutes later but his shot fro a tight angle was pushed away by Janis Blaswich between the Hercales posts. The ball however fell to the ever alert Gorkem Saglam who tucked it away from close range.
To minutes later, an awful pass from the back field gave the ball back to the hosts, who charged towards the Greek gods' goal and John Yeboah's shot from just inside the box easily beat the diving keeper. Minutes before the hour mark, four substitutions were made in order to get things back on track. The American was one of the players to come off.
It didn't seem to matter however because the Superkruiken had one more goal left in them and that was courtesy of the real Greek hero on the day, Pavlidis. The visitors had no replies to any goals.
With a humiliating defeat to think about all week, Heracles will be back in action over the weekend when they welcome PSV Eindhoven to Erve Asito Stadium.
Go Ahead Eagles 0 - 3 Ajax II
This fixture saw two American players go up against each other, although Mael Corboz came off the bench for the Eagle in the 77th minutes. His team was already down by a pair of goals by the time he entered the field of play.
The only American to see action for the Ajax II team was Alex Mendez who played for the duration and collected a late yellow card.
The game remained a stalemate until ten minutes before the intermission when Ajax won a penalty that was converted by Kenneth Taylor to give the visitors a well deserved lead. Things got worse for the Go Ahead Eagles, who should hve been renamed the Fall Behind Eagles, because just before the clock struck an hour played 18 year old Brian Brobbey found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Try as they may, the Pride of the Ijssel just could not get on the scoreboard and with time running out, deep in stoppage time, Victor Jensen, who was subbed in early in the second half, struck the Amsterdammers third of the day to seal the inevitable victory.
Go Ahead Eagles will try again over the weekend when they travel to Volendam, while the Jong Ajax boys host Excelsior Rotterdam.
Sergino Dest came off the bench to play the last ten minutes for Ajax as they came out 3-0 winners against RKC Waalwijk. The American will most likely be leaving the country in the not too distant future. Until then hwoever, the teen sensation will suit up for their next game against Vitesse Arnhem.
Desevio Payne got to play the last minute of FC Emmen's 2-1 loss at the hands of PSV Eindhoven, leaving the winless after the first two games. They'll try again when Willem II comes to town over the weekend.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Both Richie Ledezma and Chris Gloster started for PSV II with the former scoring in the game as they fell to Eindhoven in a 2-1 defeat.