In-form Heerenveen’s chances of a European playoff spot took a hit after they were hammered 3-0 by De Graafschap in the Abe Lenstra Stadion.

Heerenveen went into the game on a six-game unbeaten run and having won their last three in a row. They were big favourites against second-bottom De Graafschap, but after three minutes the visitors took the lead.

Azor Matusiwa got free and set up striker Charlison Benschop to open the scoring. Ten minutes later, Matusiwa nearly scored an own goal but his blushes were spared by the post.

Heerenveen barely threatened an equaliser and twenty minutes from time, De Graafschap made it 2-0 as Javier Vet scored from a corner. Moments later, Delano Burgzorg settled the victory with a solo effort.

Heerenveen stay 8th after the defeat while De Graafschap rise to 16th and are only a point from safety.

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