Vitesse have qualified for the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup for the first time since 2001! The quality of the match was not very high, but the match was exciting to watch. Kashia scored the first goal of the match after 55 minutes and the lead was doubled by Tighadouini six minutes later. Feyenoord didn’t come close to score a goal in the second half.
On paper, Vitesse – Feyenoord was the most exciting match of the KNVB Cup quarter finals. Cambuur, AZ and Sparta already qualified for the semi-finals on Tuesday and Friday. Feyenoord started the match without El-Ahmadi (Africa Cup) and Vilhena (suspended), while Vitesse missed Foor (also suspended).
The atmosphere in stadium Gelredome was great from the beginning of the match. Feyenoord had the first chance of the match via Danish striker Jorgensen, but his shot went wide from close range. Vitesse had more ball possession in the first 15 minutes and created a good chance: Van der Werff tested Feyenoord goalkeeper Jones from inside the box. Berghuis was dangerous with a free-kick from around 30 meters away from the goal, but Eloy Room saved it to a corner. The last 20 minutes of the first half were not very exciting as both teams failed to create any chances.
Vitesse started the second half well. Nathan replaced midfielder Julian Calor and impressed as no. 10. Lewis Baker almost gave Vitesse the lead with an excellent strike from the distance, but Feyenoord goalkeeper saved his goal from conceding the 1-0. However, it didn’t take long for Vitesse to score the first goal of the match. Lewis Baker perfectly delivered a corner on Kashia’s head who headed the 1-0 in. Feyenoord lost the plot after Kashia’s goal and failed to bounce back from it. It was Adnane Tighadouini who doubled the lead after a great counter-attack with Van Wolfswinkel and Rashica. Tighadouini almosted score his second goal of the match a few minutes later: a poor cross-pass to Van Wolfswinkel ended on the crossbar! Feyenoord brought Basacikoglu and Kuyt on as they were trying to pull one back, but failed to create any chances. Vitesse came close to the 3-0 during the dying minutes: Lewis Baker’s shot was too weak and was easy to save for Jones. Baker hit the post in the in the last second of the match, with a free-kick from just outside the penalty box.
Vitesse drew Sparta in the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup later on the night. Vitesse won 0-1 in Rotterdam against them earlier this season.