Cambuur ends home complex with much-needed win over Go Ahead
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It was make or break for SC Cambuur Sunday night against Go Ahead Eagles. The bottom of the premier league desperately needed three points, but the home figures this season gave no reason for optimism.
Nevertheless, the Frisians won with convincing figures (4-1) and connected with number seventeen FC Groningen. The last time Cambuur scored at least four goals at home in a premier league game was on September 11, 2021, a 5-2 home victory over – again – Go Ahead Eagles.
After the 3-0 win over PSV on Oct. 1, the new victory is only the second home win of the season. The other eleven home games were lost.
The start was good for coach Sjors Ultee’s Cambuur. After a good combination with Navarone Foor, Michael Breij surprised Go Ahead goalkeeper Jeffrey de Lange with a ball between the legs. The home team gained confidence from that goal and was the better team.
Empty away box: ‘Competition distortion’
Suddenly there was the equalizer. Mats Deijl saw goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter standing a little too far in front of his goal and shot over the Cambuur goalkeeper beautifully into the goal. Go Ahead celebrated the goal in front of the away box, which remained empty on the orders of Mayor Sybrand Buma of Leeuwarden.
The latter caused much anger among Go Ahead Eagles director Jan Willem van Dop, because the measure was taken because of a small group of Cambuur supporters causing trouble, not away supporters. “It is the world upside down, almost league distortion,” he said.
Gone was Cambuur’s confidence. The home team had lost it completely for a while.
On the stroke of halftime, Cambuur was lucky. Mimoun Mahi shot beautifully into the far corner, via the inside of the post. Just after halftime Isac Lidberg slid the ball against the outside of the post and Cambuur escaped the 2-2.
Cambuur then missed chances for the 3-1, after which Bjørn Johnsen provided relief. The tall Norwegian striker had been a pest for the Go Ahead defense all game and mercilessly punished a mistake by Jamal Amofa. Foor decided the game by scoring the 4-1 on a pass from Alex Bangura.