Article

Eredivisie Wrap: Groningen, AZ keep European dreams alive

10 May 2014 23:54

Groningen and AZ will battle for a spot in next season's UEFA Europa League after they both won Eredivisie play-offs on Saturday.

With sides ranked from fifth to eighth in the Eredivisie featuring in a play-off for the league's final European berth, Groningen will have been delighted to see their outstanding form continue.

Erwin van de Looi's side produced a 1-0 home win over Vitesse in Wednesday's first leg, giving them their seventh successive victory.

And their run of wins continued with a 4-1 road success on Saturday that was helped by a late flurry of goals.

Tjarron Chery gave Groningen a 2-0 aggregate lead with the game's opener in the 25th minute but Davy Propper's goal just after the hour-mark gave Vitesse a lifeline.

Groningen responded within a minute through Richairo Zivkovic though, and as Vitesse desperately threw men forward, they were caught out at the back.

Serbia forward Filip Kostic helped himself to a late double as a result, as Groningen sealed a 5-1 aggregate triumph.

The loss has ended Vitesse's season, a campaign that finished with a winless run of nine matches.

Saturday's other semi-final second leg saw AZ progress despite a 1-0 defeat at Heerenveen.

A 3-0 triumph in the first leg gave AZ valuable breathing space and although Luciano Slagveer's 47th-minute effort gave Heerenveen hope, it proved to be a mere consolation for Marco van Basten's men.

Groningen and AZ will now play later this month for a berth in Europe's second-tier competition.

Sponsored links

Monday 23 October

Sunday 22 October

23:30
23:29
23:29
23:30
23:30
23:30
23:05
22:35
21:46
21:38
21:03
20:23
20:17
20:02
19:54
19:53
19:16
19:00
18:53
18:36
18:09
17:44
17:44
17:28
17:11
17:08
16:57
16:48
16:36
14:53
14:00
13:35
12:21
11:34
10:25
04:44
03:21
01:47
00:43
00:22

Saturday 21 October

23:55
23:34
23:28
22:44
22:43
22:14
22:02
21:41
21:38
20:46
20:32
20:25
20:21
20:09
19:58
19:47
19:39
19:35
19:29
19:19
19:08
19:03
19:01
18:50
18:37
18:23
17:59
17:57
17:57
17:55
17:53
17:31
16:56
16:51
16:32
16:21
16:20
15:53
15:49
15:33
15:19
14:54
14:36
14:28
13:57
13:46
13:11
12:46
12:14
11:32
10:46
10:10
09:18
06:12
04:24
03:50
03:19
02:40
02:07
00:44
00:12

Facebook