All three Real Madrid loanee’s— Martin Odeegard, Achraf Hakimi, and Oscar Rodriguez— played for their respective sides this evening with full player analysis below:
Martin Odeegard vs ADO Den Haag
After just returning from international duty with Norway, Martin Odeegard was slotted right back into the starting lineup for Vitesse as they played away to ADO Den Haag. The match was a thrilling 3-3 encounter, with Odegaard playing the full 90 minutes in his usual right-wing / right-midfield role.
Both teams were all over the place defensively. Vitesse have been vulnerable at the back all season long. In the opening 15 minutes, Odeegard’s men were pegged back, they simply could not manage to get out of their own half. ADO was buoyed by the home-crowd and piled on the attacking pressure. Vitesse’s first real offensive assault, came from their main creator — Odegaard. He picked up a loose cross just outside the ADO box, and cut on to his left foot to curl an inch-perfect cross for Linssen to head directly at Zwinkles, the ADO goalkeeper. Shortly after that play, Odegaard was dispossessed trying to wiggle his way through two ADO defenders. The young Norwegian was only ten yards or so from his own 18-yard-box. ADO punished him, and immediately countered down Vitesse’s throat, scoring the opening goal. It would be a moment Odeegard needs to learn from, attempting that type of play would have been worthwhile in the final third, not in Vitesse’s half.
It would not be long before Odeegard would make amends — he produced a “hockey assist” on the equalizing goal just mere minutes later. In his full league debut, 18-year-old Thomas Buitink, stole the show for Vitesse. Buitink scored two goals (arguably three — but the third went down as an OG). His second goal was taken superbly well; a really difficult finish where he brought down the ball inside the opposition's six yard box and held off two defenders before smashing the goal home. The final 30 minutes of the first half was an up and down affair with no less than 5 goals scored.
ADO would equalize late on to earn a deserved point. Odeegard’s second half was quiet, as the hosts were continually knocking on the door leaving Martin to feed off of counter attacking scraps. Ultimately, the match, a fun one to watch, ended 3-3. Odegaard was not at his best, but as always created the most dangerous opportunities for his side and was involved in 2 of Vitesse’s 3 goals, as well as contributing 5 key passes.
Shots: 1 (OT: 0)
Key Passes: 5 (team and game high)
Passing: 37 (83.8% PA)
Dribbles Completed: 2
Match Rating: 6 / 10
Achraf Hakimi vs Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund earned a much needed win against Wolfsburg to push them top of the table after Bayern Munich drew against Freiburg. Achraf, once again, started on the bench as Diallo got the nod at left back and Wolf at right back. It has been a difficult few months for the Moroccan as he has been pushed to the bench after a series of mistakes in big matches like those against Tottenham in the Champions League knock out rounds. Though, he would get some minutes in this match after Diallo was forced off through injury in the 49th minute. Lucien Farve’s hand would be forced again just 22 minutes later after Achraf limped off with an injury. It looked like a physical impact injury rather than muscle. The frustration was visible after Achraf came off, throwing his shin guards to the floor and plopping himself on the ground. In his limited minutes, he looked good, but will be crushed to miss out on this opportunity to regain his starting position,
Shots: 1 ( 0 OT)
Passing: 15 (86.7% PA)
Match Rating: 5 / 10
Oscar Rodriguez vs Getafe
The former canterano put in a decent shift against Getafe this morning. The South Madrid derby was rather underwhelming and high flying Getafe were poor. Though, Getafe have been resolute in their defending all season long and glimpses of their defensive quality were evident, especially in the first half. Their defensive line was superb in pushing up and dropping back. That coordination made it extremely difficult to play the killer pass on the counter into Guido Carrillo’s path. Oscar tried on multiple occasions, but failed — a mark represented by his 56% pass accuracy. Where he failed offensively, Oscar did well defensively. It was one of his best defensive performances of the season, putting in 3 tackles, he had 1 interception, and 1 clearance. Leganes are now in 11th place and look like a sure bet to finish mid-table and avoid relegation.
Shots: 1 (OT: 0)
Key Passes: 1
Passing: 25 (56% PA)
Dribbles Completed: 0
Match Rating: 5.5 / 10