FC Twente booked a deserved 3-0 home win on Sunday against FC Groningen, which sees the relegation line approaching in the Eredivisie. Earlier in the day, NEC went down 2-0 at Sparta Rotterdam, partly due to a mistake by Jasper Cillessen.By our sports editors
In De Grolsch Veste, Twente was lord and master against the poor Groningen. Before halftime, this mainly provided opportunities for Michel Vlap, who hit the bar from a free kick, among other things. Robin Pröpper also had no success up close.
After the break, the predominance was converted into goals. First Virgil Misidjan found the far corner and moments later Joshua Brenet scored. With both goals was the assist of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who himself made the 3-0 in the final phase. He thought he had already done that a few minutes earlier, but the ball turned out not to have completely crossed the goal line.
FC Twente could use the victory well, because the previous four Eredivisie matches had led to only one victory. The team of trainer Ron Jans is the number five behind PSV, AZ, Ajax and Feyenoord.
Dark clouds are gathering for FC Groningen. Under coach Frank Wormuth, the northerners only booked two victories this season. Only FC Emmen and FC Volendam are lower after ten rounds.
NEC sees series of draws end
The very moderately playing NEC came to visit Sparta after seven minutes behind due to Dirk Abels. The defender hits the ball from a corner. Cillessen reacted frustrated, because in his eyes there was no question of a corner kick.
After half an hour, the Orange international made a mistake. A long shot from Jonathan de Guzman seemed tenable, but the ball ended up in the net via Cillessen’s hand. For 35-year-old De Guzman, that meant his first Eredivisie goal since the autumn of 2009, when he was employed by Feyenoord.
The 2-0 did not affect the balance of power at all: Sparta was simply better than the very stiff running NEC, which hardly got any opportunities.
After the restart, the home team limited themselves to defending the lead. That was easy, as a result of which the Nijmegen team suffered another defeat after seven draws in a row – one less than the record set by Sparta in 1992. Sparta is now pretty fifth and NEC is number twelve.
Speelronde 10 Eredivisie
- FC Emmen-FC Volendam 1-1
- Fortuna Sittard-RKC Waalwijk 0-0
- Go Ahead Eagles-sc Heerenveen 1-1
- SC Cambuur-Vitesse 0-3
- Sparta Rotterdam-NEC 2-0
- PSV-FC Utrecht 6-1
- FC Twente-FC Groningen 3-0
- Zondag, 16.45 uur: AZ-Feyenoord
- Zondag, 20.00 uur: Ajax-Excelsior
View the results, the position and the program in the Eredivisie