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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 3 +9 9
2 3 +4 9
3 3 +3 6
4 3 +0 6
5 3 +0 6
6 3 +1 5
7 3 +2 4
8 3 +1 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 +0 4
11 4 -1 4
12 3 -1 4
13 3 +0 3
14 4 -1 3
15 3 -2 3
16 3 -5 2
17 3 -4 1
18 3 -6 0

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