RICH FIDLER - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Charles Kazlauskas started at right midfield for Helmond Sport in their stunning defeat to Almere City, while Oguchi Onyewu stayed on the bench until late in Twente's victory on Friday.
Almere City 4 - 0 Helmond Sport
Head coach Jurgen Streppel once again put Kazlauskas in the starting eleven for Helmond Sport as they went on the road to face one of the leagues worst teams in Almere City, who shocked the visitors with four unanswered goals.
Mikhael Rosheuvel started the onslaught in the 17th minute when he raced between the two visiting central defenders with the ball as his feet and chipped a well placed shot over charging Helmond Sport goalkeeper Wouter van der Steen.
Karim Fachtali, who played with the Wisconsin native during their time together at TOP Oss, scored the second for the home team just 13 minutes later with a blast from just outside the penalty area that found the top corner.
After the halftime break, midfielder Mitchell Burgzorg played a give-and-go with Rosheuvel inside the penalty before his left-footed blast easily beat van der Steen who dove to his left while the ball curled to his right.
Striker Ibad Muhamadu entered for Kazlauskas in the 76th minute, with Streppel looking to put offense pressure on the home team and get a goal back.
Sidney Schmeltz ended the game for good just nine minutes later when he raced past defender Guus Joppen and fired between the legs of the Helmond 'keeper to finish the embarrassing loss for the visitors.
Helmond will stay on the road to face BV Veendam on Friday evening.
FC Twente defeated ADO Den Haag on the road on Friday evening thanks to second-half goals from Bryan Ruiz and Luuk de Jong to maintain their one point lead over Ajax in the standings. American defender Oguchi Onyewu entered the game in the 90th minute for de Jong to preserve the lead. Twente will face the worst team in the league, Willem II, at home on Sunday.