Sparta Rotterdam came away from Arnhem with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Vitesse on Saturday afternoon.

Phillip Cocu surprised some with his line-up as 20-year-old striker Simon van Duivenbooden was handed his first start. Sparta stuck with the same eleven that defeated Fortuna Sittard last week.

The game was a dull affair but came to life in the 69th minute when Tobias Lauritsen found the far corner with the help of the post to make it 1-0 to Sparta. Three minutes later, Sven Mijnans doubled the lead with a strike into the roof of the net.

Vitesse had no answer and Lauritsen added a third in the 88th minute before Arno Verschueren added a fourth in injury time.

Sparta consolidates their position in sixth while Vitesse sits 15th.

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