Eredivisie: Sparta Rotterdam recovers a 0-1 deficit to prevail over FC Groningen 2-1

ROTTERDAM. Sparta Rotterdam managed to turn the table against FC Groningen to win 2-1.


ROTTERDAM. Sparta Rotterdam managed to turn the table against FC Groningen to win 2-1. All goals were scored in the second half.​ It was FC Groningen to strike first with a goal of R. Pepi at the 62′. Then it was a goal in the 73′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, V. van Crooij gave the win to Sparta Rotterdam in the 90′ minute with a penalty.

The match was played at the Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel stadium in Rotterdam on Saturday and it started at 4:30 pm local time. The referee was Danny Desmond Makkelie who had the assistance of Hessel Steegstra and Jan de Vries. The 4th official was Wouter Wiersma. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold around 13.9 degrees Celsius or 56.95 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 75%.​

Match Statistics

There wasn’t much of a difference in ball possession. Sparta Rotterdam was in possession of the ball for 52% of the time vs. FC Groningen that controlled the ball for 48% of the time.

Sparta Rotterdam was more aggressive with 49 dangerous attacks and 11 shots of which 5 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Sparta Rotterdam won the match.

Sparta Rotterdam shot 11 times, 5 on target, 6 off target. On the other side, FC Groningen shot 4 times, 2 on target, 2 off target.


No yellow cards were issued to Sparta Rotterdam. On the other side, FC Groningen received 3 yellow cards (R. Balker, M. Sverko and M. Verrips).

After this match, Sparta Rotterdam will have 7 points to stay in the 11th place. On the other side, FC Groningen will stay with 8 points like NEC to stay in the 10th place.

Match Events

  • 17'

    A. Auassar (Goal Disallowed)

  • 28'

    R. Balker

  • 62'

    R. Pepi

  • 65'

    F. Kruger

    R. Pepi

  • 73'

    N. Kasanwirjo

    I. Dybvik Maatta

  • 73'

    S. Mijnans

    V. van Crooij

  • 76'

    Y. Namli

    K. Saito

  • 78'

    J. Van Mullem

    J. de Guzman

  • 79'

    M. Sverko

  • 86'

    M. Verrips

  • 90'

    M. Engels

    T. Lauritsen

  • 90'

    A. Verschueren

    S. Mijnans

  • 90'

    V. van Crooij (Penalty)

  • 90'

    R. Lundqvist

    L. Van Gelderen

  • 90'

    M. Eerdhuijzen

    V. van Crooij

Next match

In the upcoming Eredivisie match, Sparta Rotterdam will play away with RKC Waalwijk on the 2nd of October with a 7-4 head to head record in favor of Sparta Rotterdam (1 draw).

FC Groningen will host AZ on the 1st of October with a 16-11 head to head record in favor of AZ (12 draws).

Sparta Rotterdam: Formation and Lineups

Sparta Rotterdam started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).

The manager Maurice Steijn chose to play with the following team: Youri Schoonderwaldt (6.8), Shurandy Sambo (7.0), Bart Vriends (7.1), Adil Auassar (7.1), Mica Pinto (6.5), Jonathan de Guzmán (6.9), Sven Mijnans (6.7), Joshua Kitolano (6.9), Vito van Crooij (7.5), Tobias Lauritsen (6.6) and Koki Saito (6.5).


Sparta Rotterdam made 5 changes: K. Saito for Y. Namli (76′), J. de Guzman for J. Van Mullem (78′), S. Mijnans for A. Verschueren (90′), T. Lauritsen for M. Engels (90′) and V. van Crooij for M. Eerdhuijzen (90′).

Top player: Vito van Crooij

Probably the most impressive player in Sparta Rotterdam was Vito van Crooij.

His rating is (7.5) with 1 goal, 28 passes (64% accurate) and 3 key passes. He was won 5 duels out of 9. He performed 8 crosses.

FC Groningen: Formation and Lineups

FC Groningen started with an extremely aggressive line-up (3-4-3).

On the other side, Frank Wormuth played with: Michael Verrips (6.6), Radinio Balker (7.1), Mike te Wierik (6.6), Marin Šverko (7.2), Liam Van Gelderen (6.8), Joey Pelupessy (6.8), Laros Duarte (6.5), Isak Dybvik Määttä (7.4), Tomáš Suslov (6.6), Ricardo Pepi (7.2) and Paulos Abraham (6.2).


FC Groningen made 3 changes: R. Pepi for F. Kruger (65′), I. Dybvik Maatta for N. Kasanwirjo (73′) and L. Van Gelderen for R. Lundqvist (90′).

Top player: Isak Dybvik Määttä

The player who no doubt impressed FC Groningen the most was Isak Dybvik Määttä.

His rating is (7.4) with 30 passes (73% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 9. He performed 3 crosses.

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