In a battle at the bottom of the table, Roda JC held a new look FC Twente to a 1-1 draw in Kerkrade.

After signing from PSV Eindhoven, Adam Maher went straight into the FC Twente starting line-up, while Gertjan Verbeek handed a debut to Robert Jensen and welcomed back Haris Vuckic from injury. For Roda JC, new signing Donis Avdijaj started up front.

The first half was a drab affair with the home side going close via Dani Schahin’s header, while at the other end Hidde Jurjus turned Tom Boere’s strike onto the post.

Eight minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken by Twente when Vuckic played a one-two with Assaidi before firing low past Jurjus. A few minutes later, Boere should have made it 2-0 when he steamed in on goal after a mistake in the Roda JC defence, but the striker’s shot again came back off the post.

For some reason, Twente then decided to sit deep and invite Roda JC pressure. Schahin, Avdijaj and Guliano van Velzen came close to an equaliser as it seemed Twente were going to hold on for the win. However, four minutes before the end, Schahin equalised with a header from Mikhail Rosheuvel’s cross.

With the draw, Twente remain in 16th and four points in front of Roda JC.

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