Duijvestijn worth gold for Almere City with two goals against Emmen – Almere on edge of premier league

Duijvestijn worth gold for Almere City with two goals against Emmen – Almere on edge of premier league

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ALM-EMM | Contest Report

Lance Duijvestijn

Almere City strikes first blow in battle for premier league ticket with FC Emmen

Almere City has won the first match in the final of the playoffs for promotion/degradation from FC Emmen. In Almere, the number three of the Keuken Kampioen Divisie won 2-0 against the number sixteen of the premier league on Tuesday night.

Lance Duijvestijn scored both of Almere City’s goals in the second half. The return in Emmen is scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m.

Almere City, which had beaten FC Eindhoven in the first round of the playoffs after extension and had beaten VVV-Venlo in the semifinals after penalty kicks, started the game brightly.

ALM-EMM | 90+4′ Finished

End of match. Almere City did very good business by knocking FC Emmen aside 2-0. A victory on which nothing can be faulted. Sunday at 6 p.m. the return in Emmen.

ALM-EMM | 87′ Handsome save from Bakker

Mike te Wierik forces goalkeeper Bakker into another extreme save. The Almere goalie stretches towards the corner, but still keeps his goal clean.


Almere City on roses at home. After a good attack, a sharp cross puts the ball in front of the Emmen goal. Then Miguel Araujo works the ball towards his own goal and it is Lance Duijvestijn who gives the final push.

ALM-EMM | 66′ Emmen immediately looking for equalizer.

Emmen then immediately show themselves with a shot by Romeny and moments later El Messaoudi. The first’s shot is turned into a corner by goalkeeper Bakker, but El Messaoudi’s effort is also well placed.


After limp defending from no less than Emmen striker Richairo Zivkovic, Rajiv van La Parra picks up the ball. He is worked to the ground by Zivkovic and the ball goes to the penalty spot. Lance Duijvestijn stands behind the ball and shoots easily. Almere takes the lead.

ALM-EMM | 46′ Second half

45 minutes to go in Almere. Will we get another winner today? Not necessarily, because the real decision, of course, won’t come until Sunday. Still, Almere will at least want to win at home.

After 45 minutes of play 0-0 in Almere. The home team started strong and soon got a very big chance. Emmen also became dangerous for a while after that, but Almere remained the superior side. A 15-minute break.

ALM-EMM | 38′ Duel in balance

Just before halftime still no goals in Almere. The intensity of the early stages has subsided slightly and it is chess blown on the pitch.

ALM-EMM | 18′ First chance for Emmen

Emmen makes its first appearance. After a quick combination with Zivkovic, El Messaoudi comes through on the right. His shot from close range is turned away by Almere goalkeeper Nordin Bakker.

ALM-EMM | 15′ Almere upper hand

In the first fifteen minutes Almere had the best of the game, Emmen had difficulty getting off their own half. Barbet got the biggest chance in the second half, but then there were a few attacks that also created danger.

ALM-EMM | 2′ Ball off the line!

The first danger comes from Almere City’s side and is immediately huge. Théo Barbet heads hard towards the corner from a corner, but Lorenzo Burnet is just able to turn the ball into another corner with a quick reflex. Emmen immediately awake.

ALM-EMM | Setup Emmen

Outlook: Almere City smells premier league: ‘Feeling you can make history here’

Alvaro Pena and Jose Pascual Alba Seva

It took a bizarre semifinal in which goalkeeper Nordin Bakker stopped three VVV-Venlo penalties – the fourth went over. If Almere City also beats FC Emmen in the final of the playoffs for promotion and relegation, it can become the youngest professional football club to enter the premier league.

“That is also the most beautiful thing, the feeling that you can really write history here,” said captain Danny Post.

Because historic promotion is within reach. The polder club has never played in the premier league and next season could just be the first time. Supporters can’t wait. The club reports that tonight’s home game was sold out within three quarters of an hour.

FC Emmen – Road to the final

FC Emmen finished sixteenth in the Eredivisie and thus were allowed to enter the semifinals of the playoffs. The opponent was NAC Breda. In Breda they won 2-1 and in Emmen it was 2-0 for the team of coach Dick Lukkien, who will start working for relegated FC Groningen after this season.

Almere City – Road to the final

As number three of the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, Almere City had to face FC Eindhoven in the first round of the playoffs. After a 1-0 defeat in Eindhoven, a few days later in Almere it already seemed to be the end of the story.

After a late goal by Eindhoven, the Brabanders seemed to make it to the next round, but then Anthony Limbombe scored for Almere. In the extension that followed, Rajiv van La Parra fired in the decisive goal.

In the semifinals, VVV-Venlo was the opponent. After two 1-1 results and an extension in the second game, penalty kicks had to bring the decision. VVV missed four so Almere City will now face FC Emmen.

Hedwiges Maduro, assistant coach of Almere City

Good evening!!! In Almere in two hours, 22 tense soccer players will take to the field for the first of two games in the final of the playoffs for promotion/degradation.

Almere City, the number three of the Keuken Kampioen Divisie this season, hosts FC Emmen, the number 16 of the premier league, at home. Sunday at 6 p.m. is the return in Emmen.

Kayleigh Williams