Happiness leaves Excelsior only in minute 90: Vitesse retorts earned by

Vitesse is the first half-finalist of this KNVB Cup season, after a very let victory over Excelsior. The number ten of the Kitchen Champion Division and the number three of the Eredivisie made it an exciting evening in Kralingen, in which the VAR took a leading role: Excelsior seemed to pull an extension out of the fire, but Loรฏs Openda struck in minute ninety.

In contrast to the previous cup round, the VAR was deployed. This one could have intervened within one minute, after a firm tackle by Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill on the ankles of Oussama Tannane. However, the violation of the Excelsior-back remained unpunished.

Already in the first minute of the game, Excelsior escaped a red card after this hard offense on Tannane.โ€ The VAR was just getting coffeeโ€ pic.twitter.com/IACQTKi3x1
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Excelsior played a lot with Vitesse in the remainder of the first half, but escaped several times at the end of the first half. Loรฏs Openda appeared dangerously in the vicinity of Alessandro Damen, who also came face to face with Armando Broja. He managed to pass the Excelsior goalkeeper, but shot the ball prunely against the pole: 0-0 at rest.
The home team continued for a long time even after rest, but Excelsior again put the pressure back in the final phase. Openda also hit the pole and Tannane put Damen to work, but Broja shot Vitesse at the head start. However, the Arnhem party was disturbed by the VAR: he saw that the ball did not stop when Riechedly Bazoer took a free kick and rejected Brojas hit. In the final phase, Damen had to keep Excelsior on his feet two more times with a double chance of Openda. The Arnhemmers claimed one more hit after a cluttered scrimmage. Jacob Rasmussens commitment, however, had not completely crossed the line, ruled the arbitration.

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โ€” ESPN NL (@ESPNnl) February 9, 2021

At the start of the injury time, however, luck was up for Vitesse. Wittek was steered deep and got the overview, Openda pushed the ball into the far corner and Damen still had to win: 0-1. Excelsior didnt have the time to react anymore and Vitesse can get ready for the semi-final. It plays at home against Ajax, PSV, neighbor NEC or VVV-Venlo.