Groningen are still looking for their first win of the season after being held to a 1-1 draw by Sparta Rotterdam in the Euroborg.

gron-spajThe home side, who came into the game bottom of the table with only one point, started on top and came close to an early lead with Samir Memisevic heading against the crossbar. On 13 minutes Groningen found the goal they deserved with Mimoum Mahi firing past Roy Kortsmit.

However, six minutes later Sparta Rotterdam equalised through Zakaria El Azzouzi who finished after a swift counter attack and the visitors nearly took the lead before the half hour mark with Ryan Sanusi hitting the post with a free kick. Just before the break, Kortsmit denied Groningen the lead with a wonderful reflex save from Memisevic.

In the second half, Sparta Rotterdam had the better chances to win the match but Groningen’s defence survived to get their second point of the season. Sparta remain 9th while Groningen climb to 17th.

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