Vitesse started the Eredivisie season on Sunday with a small victory over RKC Waalwijk. The team from Arnhem won at the competition debut of trainer Thomas Letsch with 0-1 in the Mandemakers Stadium.
Vitesse less strong in the second half
Oussama Darfalou made the only goal of the game just before half-time, making Vitesse one of the eight teams that are on three points. VVV-Venlo, PSV, FC Twente, Feyenoord, Heracles Almelo, Ajax and sc Heerenveen also started with a win, while not a single match ended in a draw.
In a special ‘thank you shirt’, with the text ‘Thanks !, together against corona’, Vitesse was stronger than RKC in the first half, which created few opportunities. The Arnhemmers were given many opportunities before the break. A header from Darfalou was taken off the line by the Waalwijk acquisition Vurnon Anita, who is back in the Eredivisie after a year. Oussama Tannane and Loïs Openda were also dangerous on behalf of Vitesse.
Kolderiek was that when RKC was once threatening, one of the sprinklers started, which meant that the game had to be stopped.
Oussama Darfalou’s hit in the picture. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Due to the missed opportunities, 0-0 seemed to be the halftime score, but in the second minute of injury time it was still hit for Vitesse. On a pass from Matús Bero, Darfalou scored. Keeper Kostas Lamprou, who was preferred to Etienne Vaessen, had no chance.
Shortly after the break, there was finally a good chance for RKC. Said Bakari shot in front, while Finn Stokkers was just short of tapping in at the far post. Moments later, RKC substitute Sylla Sow unsuccessfully asked for a penalty.
Vitesse offered little in return and that was almost costly for Letsch’s team. The final offensive of RKC yielded nothing, partly due to a good save by keeper Remko Pasveer, so it remained 0-1.
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