Sparta Rotterdam defeated Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Keisuke Honda was immediately handed a place in the Vitesse starting line-up after returning to fitness during the international break.

However, Honda’s second Eredivisie debut did not go to plan with Sparta taking the lead in the 30th minute. Bryan Smeets cross was headed in by Jurgen Mattheij.

Early in the second half, Honda came close to the equaliser but the midfielder was denied by goalkeeper Ariel Harush.

Vitesse could not find an equaliser and with seven minutes left, Smeets fired Sparta to a 2-0 victory.

Sparta rise to 11th while Vitesse are fifth.

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