Moderate Feyenoord win over Heerenveen and qualify for semifinals
Last two semifinalists to be announced tomorrow
It was entertaining and long suspenseful today, but not as spectacular as last night.
Tomorrow night the last two quarterfinals will be played. PSV plays at home against ADO Den Haag (18:45) and De Graafschap takes on Ajax at the Vijverberg (21:00). Perhaps a cup stunt is in the offing.
Those matches can of course be followed again via the liveblog. See you tomorrow!
HEE – FEY | 79′ GOAL FEYENOORD
For a long time it looked like it wouldn’t happen, but it does. Feyenoord scores. After a fine combination between Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Danilo and Giménez, the ball is slid in by the latter.
HEE – FEY | 64′ Heerenveen remains lord and master
Heerenveen was also stronger at the beginning of the second half. Milan van Ewijk shot into Wellenreuther’s hands from close range. Before that, Al-Hajj was dangerous again. The swinging Osame Sahraoui also showed nice things. Only just after half-time was Feyenoord dangerous, through a header by Santiago Giménez.
Last time it ended well for Feyenoord
Feyenoord did not play particularly well in the previous cup game either. In February, the Rotterdammers were trailing 2-0 at halftime against NEC. Then Feyenoord won after penalties, after going 4-4 in regular playing time.
Let’s see if it will be as exciting again tonight.
Dutch contribute to cup success Toulouse
Toulouse has qualified for the semifinals of the French Cup thanks to four Dutch goals. They won 6-1 against first divisionist Rodez.
Thijs Dallinga scored twice, Branco van den Boomen and Zakaria Aboukhlal scored one goal. Aboukhlal plays for the Moroccan team, but was born in Rotterdam and also grew up in the Netherlands.
Fireworks before the match
Already fireworks in Heerenveen. Only it’s not coming from the soccer players yet, but from the roof of the Abe Lenstra Stadium. The light show is not lacking either. Some fans have brought their torches.
By the way, the stadium is far from sold out. There are about 13 thousand people in the stadium. The home club decided not to put the tickets on free sale due to security reasons.
KNVB does not rule out cup final being played on different day
Should Spakenburg reach the final, it does pose a problem. The club is a fundamental Saturday club. The statutes therefore state that football will not be played on Sundays. The cup final is scheduled for Sunday, April 30.
The KNVB does not rule out an adjustment of the match day in advance and reports to NOS that there will be a consultation with the four clubs that are in the semifinals later.
“In this we will discuss with the four teams what to expect around a possible cup final and it will also be up to the semi-finalists to bring in points. Should this point then come up for discussion, we will discuss it first in this consultation.”
Spakenburg coach Chris de Graaf cheers for Feyenoord
It should be clear who Spakenburg coach Chris de Graaf is rooting for tonight. He hopes to meet Feyenoord in the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup, in the Kuip. Of course, his hopes can only come true if Feyenoord wins tonight. The draw is Saturday.
Should Feyenoord be the opponent in early April and a win is actually achieved in Rotterdam, the coach will quit immediately. “Then we will still play the final and then I will hand in my things after that. It’s not going to get any nicer. Winning isn’t realistic either.”
Spakenburg coach now hoping for Feyenoord: ‘If we win in Kuip, I’ll hand in stuff’