Despite giving up a 2-0 lead and being reduced to ten men, De Graafschap have earned their first win of the season with a 3-2 victory over still win-less Cambuur.

de graafcBoth sides went into the game without a win, but any chance of the match in Leeuwarden being a cagey affair went out the window in a thoroughly entertaining first half.

De Graafschap were in control from the start and after seven minutes they were ahead through Cas Peters, who capitalised on terrible defending before sliding the ball into the net. On 35 minutes it was 2-0 with Bart Straalman heading in a Bryan Smeets free kick.

The away side were rampant and only a stunning save by Leonard Nienhuis denied Youssef El Jebli, who then hit the post with a long range strike.

Out of nowhere Cambuur pulled one back with Sjoerd Overgoord sending a lovely volley into the bottom corner, but De Graafschap then came close to a third before the break as Peters hitting the post from a tight angle.

Cambuur came out of the dressing room a different side and Overgoor hit the post within minutes of the second half before Wessel Dammers sent a header wide. Eventually the home side were level on 54 minutes with Nathanial Will unfortunately scuffing a clearance into his own net under pressure from Marvin Peersman.

From that moment there only seemed to be one winner, especially when De Graafschap’s Robin Propper was sent off for a second yellow card with six minutes left. However in the 88th minute Karim Tarfi smashed a free kick into the top corner to hand De Graafschap their first three points of the season.

The win isn’t enough to move De Graafschap off the bottom but they are now only two points behind second bottom Cambuur, who are now the only club in the league without a win this season.

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