Vitesse is embarrassed towards the cup final
It seemed an ideal scenario for Vitesse in advance. Winning the bottom of the league yourself and thus putting the pressure on the competitors for the European places for the rest of the game round. Then in peace to start the preparation for the cup final against Ajax on Sunday next week. Letsch warned in advance that it would not be such an easy job against ADO and that turned out to be prophetic words.
ADO Den Haag coach Ruud Brood had intervened considerably after the 1-4 home defeat against FC Utrecht. This time the trio of Jonas Arweiler, Pascu and Kees de Boer were allowed to start in the base, while Gianni Zuiverloon also made his appearance this time. The former Feyenoord player came to ADO Den Haag in the course of the season after adventures in India, but had only taken action twice until last night due to physical problems.
With the experience of the 34-year-old Zuiverloon, the defensive position was much better at ADO Den Haag. Where last week FC Utrecht constantly had chances against the bottom of the league, Vitesse had it very difficult to find holes in the tight defensive block. The Vitesse strikers Loïs Openda and Armando Broja are struggling in the small space and have not shown great form lately. It was a sign on the wall that both were prematurely switched. A lot of it ended up on the shoulders of Oussama Tannane, but the ball-skilled playmaker often broke down as well.
Vitesse took on without Danilho Doekhi, who was absent due to illness, which meant that Dominik Oroz made his basic debut. The Croatian defender, who was attracted by Vitesse in the winter break, had to make do with three short raids in the Eredivisie until yesterday. It was Oroz who had the greatest chance to open the score in the 66th minute. The Croatian got a free kick from Oussama Tannane, but nodded the ball wide.
After the match against FC Utrecht, there was a lot of criticism about the patient way in which ADO Den Haag underwent it all. The small number of offenses committed was given as an example of this. The residents of The Hague had taken that lesson to heart, because the skin was sold dearly in Arnhem. ADO committed many fouls and received five yellow cards.
And so it became a real match, in which ADO also occasionally sought the attack. The best scoring opportunity for the residents of The Hague was veteran Marko Vejinovic, who forced Vitesse captain Remko Pasveer to make a difficult save.
Towards the end of the game, Vitesse increased the pressure, but the home team did not show much more than a few dangerous long shots from Tananne and Riechedly Bazoer. On the basis of the defense presented, ADO deserved a point, although it does not help the residents of The Hague much in the fight against relegation. For Vitesse, after the 0-0 draw, it is the second expensive point loss against a low-ranked opponent in a short time, so that the ambitions to become second can be put on the back burner for the time being.