Almere City have climbed to ninth in the Eredivisie after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Sparta Rotterdam.

Sparta were heavy favourites for the game but it was Almere City that struck first when Nick Olij spilled a cross in the 15th minute and Thomas Robinet tapped the ball in.

The hosts struggled to create chances in the first half and in the second, Arno Verschueren missed a massive opportunity to level after misscontrolling the ball with the goal gaping.

Fifteen minutes before the end, Almere City doubled their lead as Yoann Cathline delivered a great cross for Kornelius Hansen to head in.

¬†Joshua Kitolano pulled one back for Sparta but they couldn’t find the equaliser with Tobias Lauritsen wasting a great chance in stoppage time.

Almere City move to ninth while Sparta is 6th.

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