RKC Waalwijk handed over a seemingly certain victory on Saturday. Excelsior came back to 2-2 in the final phase. Referee Bas Nijhuis caused a stir by blowing the whistle for a foul for the first time after 48 minutes.
RKC had the match in the Mandemakers Stadium under control for a long time thanks to two goals from Yassin Oukili. The midfielder scored the opening goal in the 21st minute on a pass from Julian Lelieveld and doubled the margin after an hour with a deflected shot.
The home team seemed to be on their way to their fifth league victory of the season, but in the last fifteen minutes RKC simply gave away the lead.
The tying goal came from RKC defender Dario van den Buijs, who unfortunately converted a header from Excelsior striker Nikolas Agrafiotis into an (own) goal. Barely five minutes later it was 2-2. Julian Baas curled a free kick behind RKC keeper Etienne Vaessen.
Kramer misses a good chance in injury time
In injury time, RKC had the best chance to score the winning goal, but captain Michiel Kramer’s header was saved by Excelsior goalkeeper Stijn van Gassel. The Waalwijkers therefore played a draw for the first time this season.
It was striking that referee Nijhuis did not blow the whistle once for a foul in the first half. After 47 minutes and 58 seconds the referee gave a free kick for the first time. Ultimately, there were nine fouls on the statistics sheet after ninety minutes.
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