Wednesday saw three KNVB Cup last 16 ties which featured Eredivisie sides against Eerste Divisie teams but there were to be no shocks as Twente, Groningen and AZ Alkmaar proved too strong.

ziyech twenThe early game saw De Graafschap threaten an upset when they took the lead against Twente after 11 minutes through Vincent Vermeij. However back came Twente with a Jesus Corona overhead kick getting them level before Hakim Ziyech put them ahead at the break.

In the second half Corona made it 3-1 before a stunning Ziyech lob from just over the half way line sealed the win for Twente. An own goal from Andreas Bjelland gave De Graafschap a late consolation as it finished 4-2.

AZ Alkmaar then sneaked past Eerste Divisie leaders NEC Nijmegen 2-1 thanks to a double from Maumer Tankovic. The on loan striker opened the scoring after 33 minutes before adding a second from the penalty spot in the second half. NEC pulled one back from Anthony Limbombe, and although the Eerste Divisie side put pressure on AZ towards the end they could not force extra time.

Groningen sealed their place in the quarter finals with a routine 3-0 win over Volendam at the Euroborg. Winger Mimoun Mahi opened the scoring a minute before the break, and in the second half a penalty from Nick van der Velden and a Michael de Leeuw strike sealed the victory.




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