Pearl from Pavlidis seals Willem II’s survival, Sparta clinch UEFA engage in-off place

Vangelis Pavlidis opens the scoring for Willem II with a mazy dribble. Picture: ANP/Jeroen Putmans

Willem II secured their position in next season’s Eredivisie with a 2-1 acquire more than Fortuna Sittard, consigning Emmen to the stop-of-season participate in-offs.

Vangelis Pavlidis place the Tilburgers forward with a magnificent dribble past 4 defenders and chipped end just right before half-time. Zian Flemming levelled the scores 3 minutes immediately after the split with a shot from exterior the penalty location, but Sebastian Holmén’s shot from a corner on 67 minutes proved decisive.

It intended Emmen’s 4- earn at already relegated VVV Venlo was a purely cosmetic workout as the Drenthe club finished powering RKC Waalwijk, who misplaced 3- at Feyenoord, on objective variance.

Emmen’s 16th-positioned complete, thanks to a late-season cost right after they unsuccessful to acquire any of their to start with 23 matches, suggests they now facial area NAC Breda in the play-off semi-finals on Thursday. The winners of the level of competition will enjoy in the Eredivisie future year.

In the only other unresolved contest on the closing day, Sparta Rotterdam took the last spot in the engage in-offs for the UEFA Conference League many thanks to a 2-1 earn at Heerenveen. Early objectives by Lennart Thy and Wouter Burger, the latter firing in from extensive range, set Henk Fräser’s side in the driving seat, but they endured a nervous complete soon after Siem de Jong reduced the arrears halfway via the 2nd half.

Rotterdam derby

Sparta now experience Dick Advocaat’s Feyenoord facet in De Kuip, when Utrecht play Groningen in the other semi-ultimate. Utrecht ensured dwelling benefit by holding 2nd-put PSV to a 1-1 draw as their northern rivals, who were being all over again with no their talisman Arjen Robben, went down 1- in Zwolle.

Ajax took 12 minutes to notch up their 100th aim of the year when Sébastian Haller converted Jurgen Ekkelenkamp’s move. Further more strikes from Antony and Lisandro Martinez enabled the champions to complete with a 3-1 get at Vitesse.

3rd-placed AZ relished the largest earn of the afternoon and their seventh straight dwelling victory as they overpowered Heracles 5-, with two ambitions each individual for Myron Boadu and Jesper Karlsson and a tap-in by Owen Wijndal right after his penalty kick was saved.

Bottom aspect ADO Den Haag looked to be on their way to a consolation acquire in Enschede when John Goossens scored immediate from a corner and then lashed in a 25-metre shot to give them a 2- direct just after 38 minutes. But Twente have been stage by 50 percent-time through  a tap-in by Daan Rots and a Luciano Narsingh penalty.

Six minutes from the conclude ADO’s distress was accomplished 6 minutes from time as Queensy Menig observed Dario Dumic in place to wrap up Twente’s first gain in 12 matches.

Final results

AZ Alkmaar 5- Heracles Almelo

Feyenoord 3- RKC Waalwijk

Heerenveen 1-2 Sparta Rotterdam

PEC Zwolle 1- Groningen

Twente Enschede 3-2 ADO Den Haag

Utrecht 1-1 PSV Eindhoven

Vitesse Arnhem 1-3 Ajax

VVV Venlo -4 Emmen

Willem II Tilburg 2-1 Fortuna Sittard

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