Thanks in part to Chelsea loanees Matt Miazga, Nathan, and of course two-goal hero Lewis Baker, Vitesse Arnhem will be playing the Dutch Cup final for just the fourth time in their history and the first time since 1990*. Miazga and Baker both played the full match while Nathan, who’s producing some of his best football since signing for Chelsea and consequently, Viesse, played the first hour. A late own goal from Guram Kashia made things interesting, but Vitesse held on to the 2-1 victory over the inferio Sparta Rotterdam side.
As seen in the highlights at the top, in classic Lewis Baker fashion, the Chelsea loanee scored one with each foot. As our own Joe Tweeds discovered in person a few weekends ago, it’s nearly impossible to tell which is his stronger foot. In that interview, Baker also talked about his determination to help lead Vitesse to their first ever Cup win.
They are now just one match away: on April 30th, they will face the winner of AZ vs. second-division Cambuur (due to be played later today).
With Baker (and the rest of the Chelsea crew) in form, Vitesse should have an excellent chance against either. The 21-year-old is already a hero in Arnhem; just imagine the adoration he’ll get if they can win their first ever major trophy!
*Incidentally, Vitesse lost the 1990 Cup to the legendary PSV side managed by none other than Guus Hiddink (who may or may not make a temporary return to management soon with Leicester City)!