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NEC relegated from Eredivisie

11 May 2014 22:38

NEC will play in the Eerste Divisie for the first time since 1994 next season after a 4-1 aggregate defeat to Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

After losing the first leg of their relegation play-off 1-0 on Friday, NEC were unable to overturn that deficit as Sparta ran out 3-1 winners in Nijmegen.

The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time and although Ryan Koolwijk pulled a goal back for NEC they were unable to complete a recovery, and will join Roda in the second tier next season.

The result caps a rollercoaster eight days for NEC, who sparked joyous scenes in the stands after avoiding automatic relegation last weekend with a 2-2 draw against Ajax.

Sparta move onto the final round of the play-offs as they look to climb back into the Eredivisie against Dordrecht.

Meanwhile, RKC Waalwijk live to fight another day as they moved into the third round with a 2-1 aggregate win over De Graafschap.

After finishing 16th in the Eredivisie this season, Waalwijk must now beat Excelsior to preserve their top-flight status for another season.

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Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +36 49
2 19 +28 43
3 19 +17 35
4 19 +13 33
5 19 +3 32
6 19 +10 31
7 20 +4 29
8 19 +1 27
9 19 -7 25
10 19 -3 24
11 19 -4 24
12 19 +4 22
13 19 -11 20
14 19 -14 19
15 19 -8 17
16 19 -14 16
17 19 -24 14
18 20 -31 11

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