MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Only Lucas de la Torre saw action over the weekend in the Netherlands, but Sebastian Soto will go up against Mael Corboz if either player gets the call from their teams on Tuesday night.
VVV Venlo 3-2 Heracles
Lucas de la Torre played the entire game but it was in a losing effort as Heracles blew their halftime lead in Venlo.
The hosts got off to the better start but it wasn't until 20 minutes in when they had their first real chance. Giorgos Giakoumakis got on the end of a cross but his close-range shot was deflected and fell to teammate Evert Linthorst but the Venlo-born attacker kicked it into the clouds.
A minute later another chance went begging. This time a lazy back pass to the keeper was pounced upon by the same Dutchman who passed when he should have shot. And if those weren't two noteworthy misses, the one in the 24th minute certainly was. VVV won a penalty and their Greek striker put it on the spot and struck it like a little girl, allowing Koen Bucker to easily save.
To the surprise of the team in yellow who have had the lion's share of possession and chances, their opponents Heracles who broke the deadlock when Rai Vloet picked out Silvester van der Water and the Dutchman shot between a pair of defenders, placing his shot just inside the post of the far corner. The goal came in the 38th minute.
Happiness turned to misery for Heracles a minute into stoppage time when their Hungarian, Adrián Szőke jumped for a ball with Venlo's captain, Danny Post. The VVV man hit the ground holding his face and the referee decided to check with the VAR. After viewing the screen, he approached Szőke and showed him a shiny red card.
The second half started with The Yellow Black Army taking advantage of their extra man. It took just six minutes for them to tie up the score. After a series of passes to the left side of the visitor's box, Torino Hunte spotted Jafar Arias and the from Curacao struck from ten yards out.
Seventeen minutes later the Venlo gang was again passing the ball around the box when a pass from Roy Gelmi went to Linthorst, who slid it over to Vito van Crooij. The shot was a beautiful curler from inside the D that almost tore a hole in the net as he scored the go-ahead goal.
If they thought that their visitors were out of it, they were wrong. From a free-kick that was placed in the box, the Greek with the soft penalty brought down Robin Pröpper in the box. Vloet did the honors and with just 12 minutes left on the clock, it looked as though a point would be rescued. That wasn't the case, however.
Giakoumakis made good with just two minutes left on the clock when he got his foot to Guus Huppert's curling cross into the box to secure all of the points.
The loss leaves Heracles in 10th place with just eight points after eight games. They'll look to get into double digits however when they travel to Amsterdam to take on Ajax after the break.
Telstar 1-2 Go Ahead Eagles
Mael Corboz went the distance for the Go Ahead Eagles as they traveled to Velsen to take on Telstar, but when the team arrived Sebastian Soto had already left as he is on national team duty across the English Channel.
After a goalless first half, it was the hosts who got on the scoreboard first after 56 minutes. It was super-sub Jacob Mulenga who turned out to be the hero on the night however as he came off the bench a scored two goals to steal the game from Telstar.
The Eagles almost broke the deadlock after just 23 minutes however when Jay Idzes picked out Same Hendriks, who had plenty of time to set and shoot from the edge of the box. The Telstar keeper, Jasper Schendelaar however did his job well and pushed the ball away.
The second half started much better for Telstar and barely ten minutes after the restart they were up by a goal thanks to Glynor Plet scoring against his former team. It wasn't long however before the score was all knotted up again. Jacob Mulenga came off the bench in the 67th minute and in the 68th he was celebrating his second goal of the season. In fact, it was his first touch of the ball that ended up in the back of the net. It came from a corner kick that he headed past Schendelaar.
When a coach brings a player off the bench in order to shake things up, he is lauded as a clever tactician when things go right. In this case coach, Kee van Wonderen should be given a pat on the back because in the 82nd minute his Zambian striker sub used his head again for the game-winning goal.
This weekend the Go Ahead Eagles will host Den Bosch while Telstar, who will still be without Soto, head to Breda to take on NAC in Eerste Divisie action.
Ulysse Llanez remained rooted to the bench as his Heerenveen side were clobbered by AZ Alkmaar by a 3-0 scoreline. Next up however will be a trip to Waalwijk.
Desevio Payne started on the bench for Emmen and never left it as they traveled to Arnhem to take on Vitesse. The game ended in favor of the hosts, who sealed a 3-1 victory. They'll take on AZ after the international break.
Alex Mendez was not on the team sheet as Ajax II traveled to Cambuur and came away with a 3-2 victory. Den Bosch will be their next opponents.
Neither Richard Ledezma nor Chris Gloster suited up for PSV II's away win, 2-1, against Den Bosch. The next game will be a trip to Maastrict after the international break.