FC Groningen lost 2-1 on Sunday to SC Cambuur. The team of coach Dick Lukkien has now not won five games in a row and is thirteenth in the Kitchen Champion Division due to the defeat.
Cambuur started the match better and scored in the ninth minute. Just when FC Groningen was briefly short due to injury treatment for Isak Määttä, Marco Tol was able to score. The defender tapped in from a free kick completely unhindered.
FC Groningen could not counter much in the first half in Leeuwarden. In the thirtieth minute, a long shot from captain Leandro Bacuna exploded on the hands of goalkeeper Yanick van Osch and in the 38th minute Romano Postema shot high over.
After the break, Groningen took control. After substitute Laros Duarte had already shot over, the goal was scored shortly afterwards. Midfielder Luciano Valente scored from close range in the 55th minute, marking his first goal in the main force of the ‘Pride of the North’.
In the final phase the game went back and forth, with chances on both sides, but Cambuur came out on top. Former FC Groningen player Remco Balk scored the winning goal against his old club. The attacker was too quick for everyone at a corner kick and scored from close range.
After this, Kevin van Veen missed an opportunity to score an equalizer, but the striker, who was struggling with his form, shot over from close range. FC Groningen has now not won five games in a row and is thirteenth in the Kitchen Champion Division due to the defeat. Cambuur is climbing up the rankings and is now twelfth.
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