Sparta Rotterdam came back from 2-0 down to earn a point against bottom of the table Roda JC.

roda-spoaRoda JC came into the game bottom of the table and without a win in their last four matches, but they made a bright start in Rotterdam with Adil Auassar, Mikhail Rosheuvel and Abdul Ajagun all coming close in the early stages. At the other end, Benjamin van Leer was called into action twice to deny Stijn Speirings and Thomas Verhaar.

On the stroke of half-time, the deadlock was broken and it was the visitors who took the lead with Christian Kum rising at the back post to head in Rosheuvel’s cross. Less than five minutes into the second half it was 2-0 as Ajagun seized upon a terrible first touch from Rick van Drongelen before finding Nestoras Mytides, who had a simple finish in the box.

Just after the hour mark, Spart rung the changes with Mathias Pogba making his debut, while Loris Brogno also entered the field. The substitutions made an instant impact as Brogno curled a strike into the top corner to make it 2-1 on 64 minutes.

The home side then poured forward looking for an equaliser, which came on 80 minutes as Kenneth Dougall found the bottom corner with a strike from the edge of the box.

Roda JC came closest to snatching all three points late on, but Ajagun’s shot came back off the post and both sides had to settle for a point. Sparta stay 9th while Roda JC climb off the bottom and above Go Ahead Eagles on goal difference.

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