Vitesse Arnhem have reached the KNVB Cup final after a 2-1 win over Sparta Rotterdam. 

Both teams could have opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, but Ryan Korsmit denied Milot Rashica before Jerson Cabral missed a big opportunity for the hosts.

However, on thirteen minutes the opening goal did come and it was the visitors who found it through Lewis Baker. The midfielder let fly from just outside the box and the ball flew past an unsighted Korsmit and into the net.

Sparta struggled to create chances as they searched for an equaliser, but after the introduction of Matthias Pogba the home side improved and they should have drawn level on the hour mark. Eloy Room had to make a good stop to deny a Michel Breuer and Martin Pusic missed on the rebound.

In the 73rd minute, Baker seemed to settle the game with his second goal, finishing past Korsmit after a smart one-two with Rashica. However, Sparta hit back immediately as Guram Kashia netted an unfortunate own goal. That led to a frantic end as Sparta desperately searched for an equaliser, but Vitesse held on to book their place in the final.

Vitesse, who have never won the KNVB Cup, will now face either Cambuur or AZ Alkmaar.




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