The outsider must have felt like he was in the wrong movie. Hardly on the pitch was the game over for second division FC Den Bosch. It took exactly eleven minutes and 22 seconds. Tolis Vellios, striker for opponents and leaders PEC Zwolle, had come up trumps and scored a hat-trick. According to local media reports, the fastest in one of the two highest Dutch leagues.
0:3 - and it should only be the historic beginning of a historic game in the Netherlands. Because after 31 minutes it was 7:0, in the end even 13:0 for the hosts. Result facts: Biggest league win in Zwolle club history, biggest league win in the Dutch second division – Sparta Rotterdam previously held that record with a 12-1 win over Almere City in 2010. In the first-class Eredivisie, Ajax Amsterdam won 13-0 against VVV Venlo in 2020. Otherwise such record results are few and far between.
However, Zwolle then exercised restraint. "Everything went in that could go in. It's a special night, but I would have preferred it if we had spread the goals over two or three games. I also felt quite sorry for Bosch. You wouldn't wish that on anyone,” said PEC captain Bram van Polen.
A German was also decisively involved in the second round. Lennart Thy, who came on at the break, scored 8-0, 10-0 and 11-0 and was the second-best scorer in the end - Vellios followed up with a fourth goal - the hosts. The 31-year-old center forward was trained at Werder Bremen and made a total of eleven appearances for the North Germans in the Bundesliga. Via St. Pauli he made his way to the Netherlands and Turkey. Since this summer he has been chasing goals again for Zwolle - for the second time after 2019/2020.
With his club, Thy is well on the way to direct promotion. After being relegated last season, Zwolle leads the table by six points. Den Bosch, on the other hand, is 18th - and shocked after the historical shame. "It's the greatest humiliation of my career," analyzed midfielder Danny Verbeek on ESPN. Coach Jack de Gier added: "This is the low point for me, as a coach and as a player. I've never experienced anything like this, not even on the school team."