Go Ahead took the lead after fifteen minutes. After a prolonged attack, Inigo Cordoba headed home from a cross by Luuk Brouwers. Heerenveen was dangerous a few times before half time, but goalkeeper Andries Noppert, normally second man behind Warner Hahn, intervened well.
With Siem de Jong for the Swede Benjamin Nygren, the home club went on the hunt for the equalizer after the break without much conviction. Goalkeeper Noppert barely got into trouble. However, the Eagles were also virtually powerless from an offensive point of view. As a result, the game went without many chances and excitement.
In the 79th minute, Belgian Philippe Rommens was still close to 0-2. His diagonal shot hit the post.