ADO DEN HAAG 2-2 FEYENOORD

Another two points went belly-up at the Zuiderpark stadium Sunday afternoon, as Feyenoord had to settle for a draw in The Hague. Goals by Robin van Persie and Thomas Buffel put the visitors 2-1 up at the break, but by that time Chris Gyan had been red-carded and Partrick Lodewijks substituted due to injury. After the turnaround the home side put Feyenoord under constant pressure, ultimately levelling with five minutes left on the ticker.

Feyenoord were without first-choice backs Song and Van Haaren, which loss was punished as early as the eighteenth minute, when a misjudgement by Chris Gyan let in Castelen, who pounced on a Savreeda through-ball to net with a hard drive. It was an unhappy opening for Lodewijks, who picked up a knock in a challenge with Simons in the third minute. The keeper played on until the 33rd minute, when he was replaced by Edwin Zoetebier. The Rotterdammers got back on level terms four minutes later against the run of play however. Van Persie made the most of a Kuyt cross to crash home the equaliser. If the goal buoyed the visitors for a minute or two, they took in a lungful of water on 40 minutes, when Gyan pulled down Castelen from behind and referee Van Hulten gave him a late Valentine’s card, bright red unfortunately, and the Ghanaian trundled off to the showers. Van Marwijk opted for a three-man defence so as to leave the rest of his formation in tact and was rewarded with a goal on the cusp of half-time. It had more to do with luck than design however. A Van Persie corner was brought down by Paauwe and Buffel suddenly found the ball at his feet, shooting Feyenoord into the lead. Van Marwijk took the opportunity to swap Smolarek for Van den Berg at the restart, to revert to a four-man defence, but within twenty minutes the coach changed it again, pulling of Van Wonderen and bringing on Snoyl. But ADO continued to put the Feyenoord defence under heavy pressure and the lead stayed in tact as long as it did due to the inaccuracy of the home strikers rather than the impenetrability of the visitor’s rearguard. But that all ended with eight left on the clock, when Van der Gun converted a stonewall chance to bring it back to twos a-piece. ADO might have gone on to take all three points in the end, with Leonardo dos Santos a whisker away from connecting with a Castelen cross, but the game finished all-square, although Ferne Snoyl left the field early with a shoulder injury ADO Den Haag-Feyenoord 2-2 (1-2) 18’ 1-0 Castelen 37’ 1-1 Van Persie 45’ 1-2 Buffel 82’ 2-2 Van der Gun ADO Den Haag: De Vries; Rijaard, Saavedra, Saeijs, El-Akchaoui; Toda (61’ Platvoet), Van der Leegte, Stroeve; Castelen, Simons (75’ Dos Santos), Van der Gun. Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Swerts, Van Wonderen (63’ Snoyl), Paauwe, Gyan; Smolarek (46’ Van den Berg), Pardo, Schreuder, Van Persie; Buffel, Kuyt. Referee: J. van Hulten Yellows: Toda, Buffel, Van Persie, Saeijs Red: Gyan
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