Willem II let next to AZ, Sparta loses his edge against Groningen
Willem II Sunday in extremis a point about the thuisduel with AZ (1-1). Sparta Rotterdam gave a 2-0 lead against FC Groningen: 2-2.
Willem II-AZ was Substitute Erik Falkenburg deep in injury time the openingsdoelpunt of Derrick Luckassen undo.
The home team complained about that hit because goalkeeper Kostas Lamprou in the air was blocked.
By the late loss of points dropped down to AZ to fifth place in the rankings. The team of trainer John van den Brom was passed by FC Utrecht, that Saturday with a 3-1 won by PEC Zwolle. Willem II remained number eleven of the Eredivisie.
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AZ was in the first half much stronger than Willem II, but failed the veldoverwicht to convert in goals. That Willem II for peace, the zero was mainly due to the Lamprou. The Greek final item had to do with a number of fine saves, the necessary AZ-players from scoring.
As he had in the 34th minute, a answer to a shot from the turn of Weghorst and plucked off four minutes later a shot distance of Iliass Bel Hassani in a fabulous way from the top corner. The midfielder of AZ took two minutes to rest again Lamprou on his way.
In the second half were the chances a lot more scarce for AZ. Stronger, Willem II had after playing for an hour just on lead. Keeper Tim Krul saved the visitors with a final effort on a shot of Fran Sol.
After that huge possibility it was AZ that again the shots. Lamprou seemed to be the hero of the afternoon for Willem II by bets of Ridgeciano Haps and again Bel Hassani to stop, but he was in the 71st minute, however, someone knocked.
Lamprou was, however, when a corner kick by Bel Hassani within the vijfmetergebied hampered by Weghorst, making him the ball could not wegstompen and Luckassen the leather in the empty goal could tap: 0-1. Referee Dennis Higler did not see a violation in and gave Lamprou in addition, yellow for protesting.
Bel Hassani had the duel plane for time in the slot to throw, but he missed the overview and shot in a promising position much to rushed in the zijnet. That miss was AZ in extra time proved to be fatal. Sol failed just before, eye-to-eye with Curl, but Falkenburg did not benefit much later of a miss of the same Curly headed Willem II 1-1.
Sparta Rotterdam-FC Groningen
Sparta had the ultimate chance to win the first victory since the beginning of november. At home against Groningen was 2-2, while the guests almost the entire second half with ten man stood up after a direct red card for Juninho Bacuna.
Both teams snakten to a victory, after a series of four (Groningen) and even ten (Sparta) games in a row without the full loot. That was in the initial stage, only on the home team to note, that aggressive began. That triggered already after eight minutes with a goal out, though, Sparta coach Alex Pastoor almost all of his goalscorers from this season on, the bank had standing.
Paco van Moorsel was alert in a scrimmage. Iván Calero was a few minutes later, even the 2-0 binnenglijden, after the FC Midtjylland hired Martin Pusic behind his standing leg along tried goalkeeper Sergio Padt to pass.
Groningen had a dubious goal, they need to get back in the race. Simon Tibbling went deep, was in buitenspelpositie not the meantime, but came to Sparta goalkeeper Roy Kortsmit. Ruben Jenssen shot the rebound. Thanks Mimoun Mahi came the guests at the same height. He shot through the inside of the pole touch.
After the break, it was Sparta all occasion the victory. Bacuna went with a stretched leg in two Spartans and had referee Allard lindhout create a direct red. That’s what happened to him last week against Feyenoord though but that card was dropped.
Sparta tried the Groningen-aim under fire, but got no further than a header from substitute Mathias Pogba and a shot of close up Of Moorsel. Both times it was Padt in the way.
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