SC Heerenveen’s first victory in 2022, and since December last year, is finally a fact. The ailing Frisians, who recently finally called a halt to a dramatic series, were too strong for Heracles Almelo on Friday evening in their own Abe Lenstra Stadium: 2-0. After an hour of play in Friesland, Amin Sarr was the player who broke the ban on behalf of the middle engine with now 30 points from 27 games. It was his first goal on behalf of the home club. In the final phase, Nick Bakker determined the final score at 2-0. Thanks to the long-awaited victory, Heerenveen is now three points above Heracles.
After an impressive minute of silence for former PEC chairman Gaston Sporre, the kick-off was in the Abe Lenstra Stadium. Heerenveen showed attacking intentions in the first half, without the team of interim coach Ole Tobiasen becoming really dangerous against Heracles. Rami Kaib tried to reach a teammate in minute 28 with a cross from the left, but goalkeeper Koen Bucker easily plucked the ball out of the air. A few minutes later, Bilal Basacikoglu created the first danger on behalf of Heracles with a shot that went just wide of Heerenveen’s goal. The 0-0 halfway score was ultimately no surprise.
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In the 57th minute, goalkeeper Erwin Mulder’s fists were tested by a shot from Luca de la Torre. Just two minutes later, the opening goal fell on the other side. The physically strong Sydney van Hooijdonk served Sarr with a ball, who then cheered for the first time after a goal in Heerenveen’s shirt. His shot from inside the penalty area didn’t seem very hard, but it couldn’t be stopped by Bucker. The tired Van Hooijdonk, so important in Sarr’s 1-0, was taken off in the 82nd minute. Anthony Musaba relieved the hired attacker for the remaining eight minutes. Shortly afterwards, Sinan Bakis thought to have made it 1-1 for Heracles, but the attacker did so in an offside position. The goal was therefore canceled by the arbitration.
There was another goal in Heerenveen in the final phase, which was in the name of Bakker. The central defender tapped in after a free kick from the home team ended up at him in minute 88: 2-0. Heerenveen did not run into any more problems after that and finally booked the first victory after the winter break. For Heracles, the grapes were sour on Frisian soil, a little over a week after the bloodless and boring 0-0 at home against Vitesse.
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