Đoàn Văn Hậu was in the reserve team, watching Heerenveen club pass Willem II on penalties to win ticket to the quarterfinals of the Dutch Cup in the morning 23/1 (Hanoi time).
On the morning of January 23, Heerenveen played the Willem II club in the round of 16 of the Dutch National Cup. The Abe Lenstra Stadion team hosts a strong force with the determination to beat the opponent to win tickets. However, they were unexpectedly led when Vangelis Pavlidis opened the score for Willem II in the 20 minute.
|Heerenveen just won an important victory in the National Cup last night. Photo: Heerenveen.|
In the second half, Heerenveen played hard and continuously had 2 goals, including an own goal from the opponent. However, the visitors managed to equalize in the 81st minute thanks to Damil Dankerlui. The two teams were forced to enter extra time before going to shootout.
On the 11m mark, the Heerenveen players were more brave and won 4-3 eventually. Coach Johnny Jansen used 3 substitutions in this match, all for the attack, so Đoàn Văn Hậu was not allowed to play.
In the previous match in the National Cup against Roda JC on December 18, 2019, Văn Hậu made his debut for the Dutch team on the last 4 minutes. However, he has not been given more chances since then.
Back to the match, Heerenveen proved to completely overwhelm the opponent, controlling the ball to 54.7%, launching 20 shots. They are already in the quarterfinals and will meet the winning team in the match between Feyenoord and Fortuna Sittard. This match is scheduled for January 21 but has been postponed to January 28 due to fog.
Văn Hậu’s team is playing quite well in the 2019/20 season. Besides reaching the quarterfinals of the National Cup, they are also ranked 8th on the Dutch national championship standings. Heerenveen currently has 28 points, only 2 points behind Utrecht in the position to qualify for the Europa League next season.