RICH FIDLER - Sunday, February 17, 2008
Heerenveen twice let a lead escape them as they drew with SC Heracles Almelo on the road while TOP Oss couldn't grab a hold of a wild match that saw them lose against third-place FC Zwolle.
SC Heracles Almelo 2-2 Heerenveen
Heerenveen couldn't maintain their second place standing in the Eredivisie over the weekend and with a yellow card American Michael Bradley will miss next weekends game.
The visitors took the early lead when Danijel Pranjic's skipping ball from the left flank found the feet of Roy Beerens. The striker saw the keeper was off his line and from 16-yards he lobbed the ball over his out-stretched hands for the games first goal in the 17th minute.
Just two minutes later the home side would level things when Garcia Gonazalo froze defender Michael Dingsdag and hit a low skipping shot past a diving Brian Vandenbussche. The shot slammed against the far post and nestled in to the back of the net.
19-year old Miralem Sulejmani would put the Frisians back in the lead in the 30th minute when he headed in from a Beerens' cross from the right side of the penalty area. Just before the break Srdjan Lakić nearly tied the teams up again but his shot hit the post for the home team and striker Everton somehow put the rebound wide.
Heracles' Robbert Schilder would get the second goal back for the home team just 10 minutes from the end of the match. The second half substitute hammered a left-footed blast that skipped across the artificial surface and past a diving Vandenbussche.
Rahim Ouedraogo was dismissed following a terrible tackle on Sulejmani two minute later, but the 10-men home team held on for the point.
Heerenveen will return home to face NEC Nijmegen next Sunday at Abe Lenstra Stadion, it's a team the Frisians have already defeated once this season.
TOP Oss 2-4 FC Zwolle
TOP Oss lost for the first time in the 2008 calendar year at home against FC Zwolle on Friday night, it was their first defeat since a 5-1 loss in December against ADO Den Haag.
Charles Kazlauskas was once again moved to the midfield position by head coach Hans de Koning, as an attempt to get the pacey American in to the attack against a excellent defending side like Zwolle.
Zwolle would take the lead just five minutes in to the match when Portuguese striker Antonio Tozé easily scored following a perfect pass from Marcel Kleizen. The on-loan striker from FC Twente beat the off-sides trap in order to feed the pass to Tozé.
TOP defender Yvo van Engelen was dismissed following a red card in the 23rd minute after hauling down Tozé in the penalty area, but Wilko de Vogt was equal to the challenge as he stopped Jordy Zuidam's effort. Brahim Bouhadan would pick up his second yellow of the match shortly after and suddenly the home team was down two men.
In the 37th minute a ray of hope was given for the short handed side when Kazlauskas was fouled in the area and Dirk Schoofs converted from the penalty spot. A mere four minutes later the Belgium midfielder would get his second of the game when his sharp angle shot was bobbled in to the net thanks to Diedrick Boer
TOP could only hold on for so long playing down two men, and the damn finally burst in the 73rd minute when Tozé finished past de Vogt. It was only four minutes later when TOP's keeper could only punch clear to Albert van den Haar who blasted home to give Zwolle the lead. Tozé would obtain his hat-trick in stoppage time by tapping in from Anton Jongsma's pass.
TOP Oss will now travel to face fourth place FC Den Bosch on Monday night.