VVSB stun Den Bosch, Feyenoord scrape through

VVSB became the first amateur side in 40 years to reach the semi-finals of the KNVB Beker after coming from two goals down to defeat first division side FC Den Bosch 3-2 in s-Hertogenbosch on Wednesday night.

Both Den Bosch goals were scored during the first half, with midfielder Alessio Carlone getting on the scoresheet in the 21st minute and Moroccan forward Abdelaziz Khalouta netting in the 31st minute.

Den Bosch seemed set for a regulation victory, but it then went horribly wrong in the last 10 minutes.

The fightback from VVSB started in the 82nd minute when Tommy Bekooij pulled a goal back from a corner, and a minute later they got the equaliser courtesy of Peet van der Slot.

Maikey Parami then stepped up to score the winner in the 87th minute after goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk failed to hold on to a regulation cross.

While little can take the shine off VVSB’s win, Den Bosch were at times their own worst enemy, with Heemskerk making two errors that helped the amateurs to their stunning win.

Feyenoord needed extra time in order to see off the challenge of Roda JC, with Eric Botteghin scoring the winner in the 105th minute at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side entered the contest under pressure after five consecutive league defeats which leaves the KNVB Beker as their only chance of silverware.

While the possession stakes were fairly even, it was De Koempels who had more efforts on goal, although genuine chances were few and far between.

Darije Kalezic’s side were left ruing their failure to find the back of the net when Botteghin’s diving header from close range put Feyenoord ahead.

Tonny Vilhena could have made it two in the second period of extra time, but he shot wide, while Rydell Poepon could not grab an equalizer after firing a volley straight at Kenneth Vermeer in what would prove to be the last action of the game.

 

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