Norwich City old boy Ricky van Wolfswinkel targets historic Dutch Cup final win
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Ricky van Wolfswinkel is closing in on silverware after helping Vitesse Arnhem reach their first Dutch Cup final since 1990.
Van Wolfswinkel was part of the Vitesse side that won 2-1 at Sparta Rotterdam on Wednesday, with Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker scoring twice, to set up a final appearance against either AZ or Cambuur later this month.
The 28-year-old Dutch international has re-discovered his scoring touch in his homeland after finally cutting his Carrow Road ties in July 2016 for an undisclosed fee.
Van Wolfswinkel has notched 11 goals in 23 appearances for the Vitas, and was on target in last Sunday's 3-1 Eredivise victory at Go Ahead Eagles.
The former Sporting Lisbon hitman scored just one Premier League goal for the Canaries, on his debut in 2013 to earn an opening day draw against Everton, following a high-profile switch from Portugal for a reported initial £8.5m fee.
The striker swiftly fell out of favour after injury problems early in his City career and was farmed out to St Etienne and Real Betis on season-long loan spells.
Van Wolfswinkel's only other senior Norwich goal came in a 2-1 League Cup win at Rotherham United in August 2015 - his last appearance for the Canaries.
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The striker is now targeting his place in history, with Vitesse bidding for their first ever Dutch Cup final win after three previous losing appearances.
'Vitesse Arnhem have never won the cup,' van Wolfswinkel told reporters, after the semi-final win. 'We will continue to work hard and we are now really close. We have no preference with who we play in the final. We will go to De Kuip in Rotterdam with intentions to finish the job and win the cup for the first time.
'It was not easy and Sparta Rotterdam made it difficult for us and I do not think that we played well. This is a game where, as cliché as it sounds, you just have to get over the line by scoring more than your opponent.
'The two goals from Lewis Baker were great and those goals ensured the win. It was great to celebrate the win with our supporters after the final whistle. They are special moments in football that you cherish.'