• Monday, 17 May 2010

    Utrecht make it to Europe, Sparta relegated

    Leading 2-0 from the first leg of the Europa League play-offs, Utrecht battered Roda JC to make it to Europe. Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Jacob Mulenga both got two either side of Davy de Fauw's red card. Mads Junker did get one for Roda in between van Wolfswinkel's strikes, but they were hopelessly outplayed and Utrecht completed a 6-1 aggregate win, good reward for a solid season.

    In the relegation/promotion play-offs, Willem II retained their Eredivisie status but Sparta are relegated. The first legs were last Thursday where Sparta were held 0-0 by Excelsior and Go Ahead Eagles took a 1-0 lead against the Tilburgers. Franck Demouge levelled the tie up midway through the first half of the second leg on Sunday and so it remained at full-time, necessitating extra time during which Mehmet Akgun struck twice to save Willem II's top flight status. After that goalless first leg, the second at Het Kasteel looked destined to go the same way until Rydell Poepon grabbed what looked like a winner in second half stoppage time. The celebrations were cut short as Excelsior went straight up the other end and Guyon Fernandez silenced the crowd with an immediate reply which send Excelsior to the Eredivisie on away goals.

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