RKC Waalwijk gives Heerenveen rock-hard lesson in effectiveness: 1-4
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Four shots on goal, four goals. With unprecedented efficiency, RKC Waalwijk recorded a victory over sc Heerenveen, which dominated at home for a long time, but managed to score only once: 1-4.
It was a result that seemed almost impossible after watching the first 45 minutes. Heerenveen put the visitors under pressure from the first minutes and played mainly on the visitors’ half.
That one-sided opening phase got the logical outcome after more than half an hour with the 1-0 for the home team. Ché Nunnely headed a cross against the post, but the alert Sydney van Hooijdonk easily tapped in the rebound.
It was the seventh league goal for club top scorer Van Hooijdonk, who had not scored in 10 premier league matches.
After that goal, RKC seemed completely lost, while Heerenveen combined lustily and had one chance after another. The huge advantage only did not lead to a bigger lead before halftime.
The Waalwijkers started the second half with three new players, but that did not initially change the picture. Heerenveen continued to dominate the game, without scoring a second goal. Thom Haye came closest with a free kick, but the ball hit the bar.
That there was a danger school in squandering all those chances became clear when Mats Seuntjens dribbled into Heerenveen’s sixteen from the halfway line and actually attempted a goal. His shot went wide, but it was clear that RKC was getting better and better at the game.
Seuntjens scatters with assists
After an hour of play, Heerenveen paid the bill after all. Seuntjens found the free Florian Jozefzoon, one of the substitutes at halftime, and he shot RKC from the edge of the sixteen to equalize.
With the 1-1 on the scoreboard, there was no longer any question of a one-sided match. Both teams looked for the attack and it was RKC that was rewarded for it.
Seuntjens gave a beautiful cross ball to Julian Lelieveld, who put RKC ahead from close range. Two minutes later Yassin Oukili (also arrived at halftime) made it 1-3 with a well-aimed shot. Again Seuntjens was the culprit.
Heerenveen still tried, but there was nothing left of the well-kept and dominant play of the first half. RKC easily held on and even got to 1-4 in injury time thanks to Jozefzoon’s second.
Watch the reactions of RKC coach Joseph Oosting and Mats Seuntjens and sc Heerenveen coach Kees van Wonderen below:
Seuntjens did not see victory RKC coming, Van Wonderen balks at ‘rock-hard lesson’