Almere City postpones promotion party PEC Zwolle a little longer with win at ADO
PEC Zwolle will have to wait a little longer for the promotion party in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. With a defeat of Almere City at ADO Den Haag, the champagne bottles could have been uncorked, but the number three of the first division won the away game 2-3.
The people from Zwolle can still hang the garlands next Friday if they do not lose on a visit to – of all places – Almere City.
Almere will not be under the illusion that they can still catch up with runner-up Heracles, but the third place will give them a better starting position for the second round.
ADO flying out of the starting blocks
Although the first big chance was for the Flevolanders – Lance Duijvestijn appeared not to have his sights adjusted yet – ADO had a flying start.
After seven minutes, former Almere City striker Thomas Verheydt punished the guests’ loss of the ball in their own half by taking a Xander Severina cross full on the turn: 1-0.
Barely recovered from the shock, Almere City immediately got a second goal. Mario Bilate headed back a corner kick, after which Titouan Thomas only had to stretch his leg to double the margin: 2-0.
Even before halftime, Almere City found connection. On a cross from Duijvestijn, Kornelius Hansen came face to face with goalkeeper Sonny Stevens, who lost the duel. Moments later, again after preparatory work by Duijvestijn, Stije Resink shot rakishly over.
The same Resink was at the base of the equalizer immediately after the break. He sent Hansen away on the left flank, after which right back Hamdi Akujobi shot the cross hard: 2-2. The turnaround in the game was complete fifteen minutes later when Duijvestijn found the far corner with a placed shot after a one-two with Hansen: 2-3.