FC Groningen recorded a 0-1 win against Jong Ajax in the Kitchen Champion Division on Monday. The Groningen team won their first match since a flu wave hit the playing group. ADO Den Haag lost the postponed match with VVV-Venlo 2-1.
FC Groningen suffered a flu outbreak within the selection last week. No fewer than sixteen players became ill, probably due to the norovirus, according to the Groningen club. The Groningen club therefore submitted a request to the KNVB to move the match with FC Emmen from Friday and this was honored by the KNVB.
Three days later, FC Groningen got enough players against Jong Ajax, so that the match in Amsterdam could continue ‘as normal’. Coach Dick Lukkien’s team needed one goal at Sportpark de Toekomst. Thom van Bergen scored the only goal of the match after seventeen minutes.
Thanks to the victory, FC Groningen rises to sixth place. The deficit for a direct promotion spot is eight points, but the Groningen team still has a match in hand compared to the teams above it.
The northerners reached the quarter-finals of the KNVB cup tournament last week thanks to a surprising 0-2 win at Excelsior.
Expensive loss of points for ADO
ADO suffered a costly loss of points in the battle for direct promotion. The team of coach Darije Kalezic lost at VVV. That match was originally scheduled to take place last Friday, but was moved to Monday due to heavy snowfall in Limburg.
Henk Veerman missed a penalty on behalf of ADO in the eighth minute. Soon after, VVV took the lead through Elias Sierra. ADO fought back to 1-1 through Jort van der Sande, but still lost due to a goal from Rick Ketting.
ADO is now three points behind number two Roda JC. That team had little difficulty with FC Eindhoven on Monday. Thanks to goals from Matisse Didden, Enrique Peña Zauner and Walid Ould-Chikh, the Limburg team won 3-0.
De Graafschap closed within one point of number three ADO thanks to a 4-2 win over Jong PSV. Young AZ defeated FC Dordrecht at its own training complex in Wijdewormer: 5-1.
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