The Eredivisie promotion playoff finals have been determined with Emmen, Sparta Rotterdam, De Graafschap and Almere City all coming through their semi-final second legs on Sunday. Below is a round-up of the action.

Roda JC 1-2 Almere City

Roda JC have been relegated from the Eredivisie after a 2-1 defeat to Almere City.

The hosts went into the game as heavy favourites after the 0-0 first-leg draw in midweek and they came close to breaking the deadlock in the 20th minute but Simon Gustafson hit the bar with a free-kick.

Ten minutes later, Almere City stunned the hosts with Silvester van der Water netting on the rebound after Hidde Jurjus couldn’t hold onto the ball. The hosts nearly equalised before the break but the woodwork once again prevented Gustafson.

Eight minutes into the second half Roda JC found the leveller through a Dani Schahin header and then went searching for the winner. However, in the 88th minute, Almere City countered and Faris Hammouti shot past Jurjus to relegate the home side.

Almere City progress to the playoff final while Roda JC return to the Eerste Divisie.

Sparta Rotterdam 2-2 Dordrecht

Sparta Rotterdam came from 2-0 down to keep their chances of survival alive.

Leading 1-0 from the away leg, Dick Advocaat’s side went into the match confident of progression but they found themselves 2-0 down at half-time. Denis Mahmudov opened the scoring on seven minutes with a strike from range before an error from Leonard Nienhuis in the Sparta goal gifted Jeremy Cijntje a simple finish into an empty net.

Just before the hour mark, Deroy Duarte pulled one back for the hosts with a low strike that found the bottom corner. Robert Muhren then equalised before the end with a scrappy close-range finish to ensure Sparta moved into the finals.

Sparta Rotterdam will now face Emmen over two legs to remain in the Eredivisie.

De Graafschap 4-2 Telstar

De Graafschap defeated Telstar 4-2 to move into the final against Almere City 6-5 on aggregate.

The hosts were down 3-2 from the first leg but opened the scoring on four minutes through Lars Nieuwpoort. On 25 minutes it was 2-0 as Youssef El Jebli headed in a corner.

Mohamed Hamdaoui pulled one back for Telstar before the hour mark with an excellent free-kick. However, Fabian Serrarens quickly restored De Graafschap’s two goal lead.

Telstar came back again and levelled the tie on aggregate from the penalty spot with Novakovich scoring after Hamdaoui was fouled.

The final phase was exciting but there was to be no extra time with Van Mieghem finding the net to send De Graafschap into the final.

NEC 4-1 Emmen

Emmen are still dreaming of their first campaign in the Eredivisie despite a heavy defeat at NEC. They moved through 5-4 on aggregate.

After losing the first leg 4-0, NEC needed a fast start to get back into the tie and they found themselves 2-0 up in the first 11 minutes with Anass Achabar netting twice. However, on 14 minutes, Alexander Bannink netted a crucial away goal for the visitors.

Frank Sturing backheeled in from close range to make it 3-1 on 43 minutes before 17-year-old striker Ole Romeny added a fourth for NEC in first-half stoppage time.

A comeback seemed to be on the cards but Emmen defended resolutely in the second half to keep NEC out and book their place in the final against Sparta Rotterdam.




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