Excelsior left to rue missed chances against Den Haag

Despite dominating possession, Den Haag stole the Eredivisie top spot from Feyenoord after beating Excelsior 2-1 at Stadion Woudestein.

The home team took control of the match early on and defender Jurgen Mattheij grabbed a deserved opening goal in the eighth minute with only Excelsior’s second shot on goal.

The strike energised Den Haag, who fought their way back into the match and had the lion's share of possession until they found the back of the net through young forward Gervane Kastaneer with José San Román providing the assist.

It was all Excelsior for the remainder of the half. The Rotterdam club strung together numerous excellent passing moves but failed to create any real scoring chances.

The half ended with the two sides only having one shot on target each. Den Haag had six attempts on goal to Excelsior's four, despite having 10 percent less possession.

Excelsior started the second half well, managing a shot on goal in the first minute, another one 15 minutes later and continuing to monopolise possession.

By the 65th minute, the home team had completed a full 100 passes more than their visitors, had a fourth shot on target but could still not find the back of the net.

On 68 minutes defender, Tom Beugelsdijk popped up with the winning goal against the run of play, Edouard Duplan supplying the assist.