MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Sebastian Soto bagged both goals for SC Telstar in their win in the Eerste Divisie while in the top flight Luca de la Torre got the start for Heracles in their tie with Sparta Rotterdam.
Telstar 2 - 0 Helmond Sport
Sebastian Soto started on the bench for Telstar but when he made an appearance right after the intermission, he went straight to work and bagged a couple of goals to lead his side to the three points.
The Norwich City loanee didn't waste any time getting to work because after just four minutes on the field he was celebrating his first goal. He followed up with a second, a header in the 63rd minute.
Telstar started the game well and had an early attack when Yael Liesdek put in a cross from the sidelines that the Helmond keeper pushes away but only to Welat Cagro but not good enough to beat the keeper. A better effort came 15 minutes later where Cagro sends the ball across the face of the goal but nobody is on hand to tap it in. Although chances presented themselves, the hosts just could not get on the scoreboard.
In the 49th minute, Cagro took a corner kick and sent it to Cas Dijkstra. His shot is cleared but goes to Cagro again. His pass to Soto is spot on and the American calmly shoots and scores. His second started with a Shayne Pattynama shot and the rebound came at Soto, who headed it into the back of the Helmond net.
The visitors didn't give up and charged forward on a few occasions but it wasn't their night and they ended up with nothing for their travels and troubles.
Telstar will look to keep the momentum going when they travel to Almelo midweek to take on Luca de la Torre and Heracles.
NEC 2 - 1 Go Ahead Eagles
Mael Corboz went the distance for his Eagles as they made the trip to Nijmegen that turned out to be a bridge too far, coming away with no points to add to their collection and find themselves in the bottom half of the Eerste Divisie standings.
The team from Deventer surrendered a first-half goal and then another early after the re-start but fought their way back, grabbing one back but try as they may, the equalizer never materialized.
In the 21st minute, a corner kick delivered from the foot of Jordy Bruijn found Javier Vet, who turned and fired it past the Eagles keeper. After the goal, the hosts dominated possession but were unable to do anything with the ball as the half time whistle was eventually blown.
From another set piece, after a shot from Bruijn was tipped over, Rangelo Janga was left alone at the far post where he was able to tap the ball over the line and double the lead.
The Eagles had a trio of attempts soon afterward from Bas Kuipers, Julliani Eersteeling and Jacob Mulenga but lady luck had abandoned them. It was Luuk Brouwers who eventually got his team on the scoreboard, again from a corner kick. He managed to head the ball just past the Nijmegen shot-stopper.
If not for the heroic stops of the visitor's keeper, Go Ahead Eagles would have rescued a point but in the end they suffered their first away defeat of the season. Never mind; they'll be at it again during the week, this time against NAC Breda.
De Graafschap 2 - 1 PSV II
Both Richard Ledezma and Chris Gloster made the trip to Doetinchem but it was in a losing effort as the young PSV team fell to De Graafschap at De Vijverberg Stadium.
Ledezma got the nod and started in his central midfield role, while his compatriot came on in the second half, putting in just over a half-hour shift.
Most of the action and two of the goals took place just before half time. In the 42nd minute, the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck and Dennis Vos, assisted by Ismael Saibari, put the young PSV team ahead. Before they could get their heads back in the game, however, their keeper, Vincent Muller, was picking the ball out of the back of his net. A minute before the whistle, the Dutch referee pointed to the spot after Mohamed Hamdaoui was brought down in the box and Ralf Seuntjens didn't miss from the spot.
Throughout the second half, there were chances for both teams but the breakthrough didn't come until deep in stoppage time. A couple of minutes before the end Ledezma made a half-decent attempt from the edge of the box but it went wide. With five minutes of injury time given, however, De Graafschap only needed four of them when Seuntjens collected a cross and stuck it brilliantly to ripple the net and secure all the points.
In their next game, Jong PSV will be at home against Cambuur.
Sparta Rotterdam 1 - 1 Heracles
Luca de la Torre went the distance for the Greek heroes but couldn't find the back of the net himself as both teams shared the spoils in this 1-1 stalemate.
The first half of the game produced few decent chances and not goals however soon after the restart the nets began to ripple. Heracles left their concentration in the locker room because in the 47th minute Abdou Harroui had a great shot that beat Michael Brouwer in the visitor's goal. Things went from brilliant to terrible in the span of seven minutes however because Adil Auassar decided to kick Rai Vloet instead of the ball and was shown a straight red card.
With the numerical advantage, the chances came but the goal didn't until the 75th minute. Kasper Lunding and Delano Burgzorg moved the ball up the field and the Dane, who just got onto the field, provided the assist for Rai Vloet
Heracles went looking for the winner but in the process almost provided that to Abdou Harroui who had a great 85th-minute chance. Instead, they had to settle for the rescued point although should have done better with the man advantage.
Heracles will next go up against Telstar in cup action in the middle of the week.
Desevio Payne stayed rooted to the bench as his FC Emmen team were ripped apart by Heerenveen by a 4-0 scoreline where a pair of goals were scored in both halves. Ulysses Llanez came off the bench and played just two minutes for Heerenveen. Heerenveen will go up against TOP Oss in their next outing, while Emmen will be a visit from Eindhoven.
Alex Mendez didn't make the trip to Maastrict for the Ajax II team as they steamrolled over MVV on Friday night. Next up they'll host Almere City.