Sparta Rotterdam missed several chances as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fortuna Sittard.

Sparta went into the game without top scorer Ragner Ache, who was replaced by PSV loanee Joel Piroe. The home side still dominated early on but Mohamed Rayhi fired wide, while Patrick Joosten struck the bar.

In the 20th minute, Fortuna Sittard scored the opener after Vitalie Damascan rounded goalkeeper Ariel Harush before slotting in.

Sparta then missed several chances through Piroe and Rayhi, while Dirk Abels had an effort cleared off the line.

With twenty minutes left, Sparta finally netted their equaliser when Jurgen Mattheij found the net with a header.

Neither side could find the winning goal before the end, with a point seeing Sparta remain 11th while Fortuna are 14th.

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