Heracles Almelo continued their good start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 victory over De Graafschap on Friday night. 

With three wins in their opening five matches, Heracles went into the game as firm favourites but it was De Graafschap who had the first good chance. However, after being presented with the ball, Fabian Serrarens could only fire over.

Heracles eventually took control of the game and in the 27th minute, they took the lead when Bart van Hintum’s cross was turned into his own net by Javier Vet.

The home side went close to a second before the break through Adrian Dalmau but in the 57th minute, it was 2-0 as Kristoffer Peterson fired past Hidde Jurjus. Dalmau thought he made it 3-0 soon afterwards but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

With ten minutes to go, Brandley Kuwas, who replaced an injured Silvester van der Water in the first half, fired in a third with a low strike from just outside the box.

De Graafschap evening then went from bad to worse as they were reduced to ten men with minutes to go. Serrarens was shown  a straight red card via VAR after a stamp on the knee of Loris Duarte. Vincent Vermeij then added a fourth for Heracles in injury time, turning in a free-kick after being left unmarked.

Heracles move above Feyenoord into third with the victory, while De Graafschap remains 15th.

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