Heerenveen came from 2-0 down to defeat Vitesse Arnhem which heaps the pressure on under-fire head coach Leonid Slutsky.

Vitesse headed to Friesland on the back of four straight league defeats. However, they came up against a Heerenveen side without key man Chidera Ejuke.

In the 8th minute, Vitesse had the lead when Tim Matavz raced onto a Navarone Foor pass before slotting past Warner Hahn. In the 21st minute, a long ball forward by Remko Pasveer set Bryan Linssen in on goal and he made no mistake with his finish to make it 2-0.

Three minutes before the break, Danilho Doekhi conceded a silly penalty and Hicham Faik pulled one back for the hosts from the spot.

In the second half, Vitesse looked nervous and in the 63rd minute, their former academy talent, Mitchell van Bergen, equalised for Heerenveen. The winger picked up the ball on the wing before racing into the box and finishing calmly past Pasveer.

Six minutes later, Jens Odgaard turned and finished well in the box to make it 3-2 and complete the comeback for Heerenveen.

Thomas Buitink and Nouha Dicko came off the bench for Vitesse but the hosts held on for the victory.

The pressure will now increase on Slutsky, with Vitesse remaining fifth while Heerenveen are now 7th.

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