FC Twente had to struggle for a long time, but fifteen minutes before the end there was Boadu’s much-lauded debut. It was then 1-0. Two minutes later it was 3-0. Boadu scored, and played a crucial role in the third goal. The stadium exploded with joy – finally – and the new striker was jumped by his teammates. What an entrance to De Grolsch Veste.
Boadu’s wonderful story made up for a lot of the evening, because FC Twente was initially not a shadow of itself.
FC Twente led 1-0 at halftime, but that was about the only positive thing about the first 45 minutes. The Enschede team played one of the fewest halves in their own stadium this season, perhaps even the fewest. RKC, number 16 in the Premier League, was certainly not inferior to the home team. In fact, the visitors even caused the most danger. After just two minutes, Julian Lelieveld was close to scoring and Lars Unnerstall had to intervene to defuse Chris Loseka’s header. Not much later, FC Twente was lucky that Mats Seuntjens could not reach the only Tukker on the field, Reuven Niemeyer.
FC Twente’s opening goal after 22 minutes came out of nowhere. After Daan Rots had just escaped from offside, the ball came to Michel Vlap who served Ricky van Wolfswinkel from close range: 1-0. Even after that goal, very little succeeded at FC Twente, which was unable to put any pressure on RKC’s build-up and was also unprecedentedly sloppy in possession of the ball. There was hardly any creative mind that reached his normal level and then it becomes difficult to play football.
FC Twente could have finished the job immediately after the break, but Van Wolfswinkel was unable to get the ball past goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen twice from close range within a few minutes.
In the second half, thanks to substitutes Carel Eiting and Naci Ünüvar, there was much more life in the home team, who finally became the boss on the field. But as is often the case, FC Twente was initially insufficiently decisive in the penalty area. Simply put: shoot faster, knit less.
Fifteen minutes before the end, Myron Boadu came on to the field to loud applause. And how beautiful do you want it to be? A minute later he had already run off and scored his first goal for FC Twente (2-0). And less than sixty seconds later, goalkeeper Vaessen failed to catch his shot, after which Younes Taha tapped in the 3-0. With Boadu, FC Twente has a striker who goes straight for the goal and does not hesitate, that much is clear.
It was only right that despite all the euphoria surrounding the new striker, Robin Pröpper was named man of the match moments later. Together with the other ball grabbers Mees Hilgers and Michal Sadilek and goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall, they ensured that FC Twente kept a clean sheet for the second time in a row.
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