FC Twente makes strides after defeat in turbulent Deventer
Watch the summary of Go Ahead Eagles – FC Twente
On a turbulent afternoon in Deventer, FC Twente suffered their first league defeat since early October last year. Thanks to two goals in the first quarter of the match, Go Ahead Eagles took the three points: 2-0.
The game at De Adelaarshorst was stopped for about half an hour midway through the first half. Referee Ingmar Oostrom sent the players inside because of disturbances in the stands.
Fireworks were thrown onto the pitch and Twente supporters threw chairs from the away section. Objects also ended up in the adjacent box with Go Ahead supporters, who then threw those items back.
At that point, FC Twente, which was starting without star players Ramiz Zerrouki (injured) and Robin Pröpper (ill), was already trailing 2-0.
The opening goal came in the name of Philippe Rommens. A cross from the Belgian midfielder ended up in the visitors’ goal just like that after a smooth attack, because both striker Isac Lidberg and the Twente defense did not touch the ball.
Moments later, Lidberg did score, taking advantage of a rare mistake by Lars Unnerstall. Twente’s goalkeeper came out of his goal too late after a cross from Rommens and as a result could not prevent Lidberg from hitting the ball.
Twente cannot turn the tide
Twente did not create many chances to get back into the game after that. The best opportunity early in the second half was for Sem Steijn. However, an effort by the young midfielder was beautifully turned away by Eagles goalkeeper Jeffrey de Lange.
Watch reactions from FC Twente coach Ron Jans, who among others looks back on the disturbances in the stands, and goal scorer Philippe Rommens and Go Ahead coach René Hake below.
With the defeat, Twente misses the chance to equalize with number four PSV, which failed to move beyond a draw on a visit to FC Utrecht. Twente remains fifth, with three points less than the club from Eindhoven.