An Alexander Isak hat trick of penalties led Willem II to a 3-2 victory over Fortuna Sittard.

Willem II went into the game without first-choice goalkeeper Timo Wellenreuther, meaning Michael Woud made his debut. The 20-year-old had a first-half to forget as he failed to catch a Mark Diemers free-kick allowing Andrija Novakovich to net and put Fortuna ahead in the 32nd minute.

In the 41st minute, Renato Tapia was brought down in the box by Andija Balic. Referee Richard Martens awarded a spot-kick and mistakenly showed a red card to José Rodríguez. Eventually, VAR intervened and Balic was sent-off. Isak slotted in the penalty to make it 1-1 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, Branislav Ninaj fired Fortuna Sittard back in front after being set up by Lazarus Lamprou.

That lead only lasted five minutes before Willem II were awarded another penalty after a foul by Rodriguez. Isak stayed cool again to make it 2-2.

Three minutes later, Martens pointed to the spot again and Isak completed his hat trick of penalties to put the hosts ahead for the first time on the night.

Isak nearly had a fourth before the end but the linesman’s flag meant he had to settle for three.

Willem II are now eighth and in the race for Europe while Fortuna sit 14th.

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