Heerenveen beat Twente to win Dutch Cup

ROTTERDAM - Heerenveen won the Dutch Cup for the first time on Sunday by beating Twente Enschede 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Gerald Sibon struck the winning penalty for Heerenveen, runners-up in 1993 and 1997, after Youssouf Hersi had missed the fifth spot kick for Twente. Heerenveen had opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Goran Popov struck from close range. Twente, who lost winger Marko Arnautovic and defender Peter Wisgerhof to injury in the opening 20 minutes, levelled nine minutes into the second half when winger Eljero Elia fired into the roof of the net from a tight angle. Bonaventure Kalou struck eight minutes before the end of extra time to put Heerenveen back in front but a close range header by Hersi with two minutes remaining pulled Twente level again. "We are in shock after losing this way but I can't blame my players for anything," Twente manager Steve McClaren told reporters. "We had a problem in the first half and had to reorganise after losing two injured players, but we dominated the second and I am really proud of the efforts my players put in."