PEC made a fresh impression in Friesland, where Pelle Clement replaced the injured Rico Stieder and Daishawn Redan also appeared at the kick-off. Heerenveen barely got a grip on the visitors in the first quarter of the game, who also scored the first chances of the game. Mees de Wit and Clement took care of the first feats of arms.
Van Polen scores again against Heerenveen
After ten minutes, PEC Zwolle was allowed to score a penalty when Heerenveen defender Rami Kaib received a header from Eliano Reijnders. Bram van Polen took care of the opportunity and remained cold eye-to-eye with goalkeeper Xavier Mous (1-0).
Heerenveen turns out to be the captain’s favorite opponent, because Van Polen scored two and a half times as often against the Frisians as against any other opponent in the Eredivisie. It was already his fifth goal against Heerenveen.
De Jong hits the bar
After the opening goal, the home team knocked more emphatically on the door at PEC and almost equalized via Siem de Jong, who took a nice pass in the penalty area, acted quickly and hit the intersection with a hard shot. Moments later, defender Nick Bakker headed just wide of Kostas Lamprou’s goal.
The PEC goalie then prevented a goal by narrowing his goal and reversing a bet by Anthony Musaba. On the other side, Oussama Darfalou fired on Heerenveen’s goal, but his shot went straight at Mous.
Lamprou redt PEC
After the break, it was an open game with chances back and forth. Darfalou had a huge opportunity on behalf of PEC, but from close range the Vitesse mercenary failed to double the margin. Heerenveen also got a dot of a chance moments later. Henk Veerman had the perfect opportunity to equalize, but Lamprou kept the tall striker from scoring with a feline reflex.
Due to an attacking attitude, Heerenveen made the spaces bigger for PEC in the course of the second half and substitute Gervaine Kastaneer was able to make good use of that. After a razor-sharp counter, the striker hit the target, but that action turned out to be centimeters offside. Five minutes later, the attacker got a second chance; however, his header went just wide of the Heerenveen goal.
First away win
PEC was able to easily curb the paralyzed Heerenveen in the final phase and as a result, the last player booked the first away win of the season: 0-1. Dick Schreuder’s team has doubled the points total in two matches (12) and number seventeen Fortuna Sittard is now breathing down the neck.
Heerenveen – PEC Zwolle 0-1
0-1 Poland (penalty kick/11)
Arbiter: From the Graveyard
Yellow: Count, DeWit
Heerenveen: mousse; Van Ewijk, Van Beek, Bakker, Kaib (Woudenberg/46); Madsen (Nyrgen/75), Halilovic, Tahiri (Dresevic/46); Musaba (Stevanovic/46), Veerman, De Jong.
PEC Zwolle: lamprou; Of Poland, Nakayama, Foot; Reijnders (Van Wermeskerken/61), Van den Belt, Saymak (Van den Werff/86), Clement (Huiberts/67), De Wit; Redan (Kastaneer/61), Darfalou.