GRONINGEN. Sparta Rotterdam prevailed over FC Groningen to win 2-1. It was Sparta Rotterdam to strike first with a goal of A. Verschueren at the 20′. Then L. Thy scored again for Sparta Rotterdam in the 57′ minute. Eventually, B. Meijer reduced the distance for FC Groningen (77′). Eventually, that was it, and the result remained 2-1. FC Groningen was truly better in terms of ball possession (65%).
The match was played at the Euroborg stadium in Groningen on Saturday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. The referee was Jeroen Manschot who was helped by Richard Polman and Bas van Dongen. The 4th official was Martin Perez. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold at 9.8 degrees Celsius or 49.59 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 81%.
FC Groningen had a strong ball possession 65% while Sparta Rotterdam was struggling with a 35% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
FC Groningen was putting more pressure with 73 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 5 were on target. Anyway, Sparta Rotterdam was capable to find the solution to win this contest.
FC Groningen shot 17 times, 5 on target, 12 off target. Talking about the opposition, Sparta Rotterdam shot 8 times, 2 on target, 6 off target.
FC Groningen received 1 yellow card (J. Larsen). On the opposite side, Sparta Rotterdam received 2 yellow cards (V. van Crooij and M. Heylen).
After playing this match, FC Groningen will stay with 36 points like Go Ahead Eagles to remain in the 8th place. Regarding the opposition, Sparta Rotterdam will have 29 points like Willem II to remain in the 16th place.
In the next match in the Eredivisie, FC Groningen will play away with FC Twente on the 11th of May with a 18-6 head to head statistic in favor of FC Twente (11 draws).
Sparta Rotterdam will host PEC Zwolle on the 11th of May with a 6-3 head to head statistic in favor of PEC Zwolle (3 draws).
FC Groningen – Formation
FC Groningen started with an extremely aggressive line-up (3-4-3).
The manager Danny Buijs decided to play with the following team: .
FC Groningen made 5 changes: T. Suslov for D. van Kaam (46′), P. Abraham for C. Ngonge (46′), B. van Hintum for R. Postema (46′), D. Irandust for M. de Leeuw (66′) and M. El Hankouri for M. Sverko (87′).
Sparta Rotterdam – Formation
Sparta Rotterdam started with a mid-fielder-oriented line-up (4-1-4-1).
Maurice Steijn played with: .
Sparta Rotterdam could not rely on the presence of R. Durmisi (injured).
Sparta Rotterdam made 4 changes: Y. Namli for T. Beugelsdijk (69′), A. Meijers for R. Durmisi (84′), S. Mijnans for M. Heylen (90′) and D. Abels for J. Van Mullem (90′).
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Eredivisie.