A red card proved costly for Groningen as RKC Waalwijk came from behind to defeat them 3-2 in the Euroborg. Mika Biereth netted a double.

Groningen boss Frank Warmuth described the clash as “Must win” earlier in the week for his stumbling side. He saw his side nearly fall behind in the first few minutes but Thierry Lutonda could only fire wide when in on goal.

The left-back then fouled Tomas Suslov in the box leading to a penalty after 15 minutes. Ricardo Pepi slotted in the spot kick to make it 1-0 for the hosts.

It all went wrong for Groningen in the 36th minute as Radinio Balker stopped Roy Kuijpers as he raced on goal and the defender was shown a straight red-card. The resulting penalty was scored by Dario van den Buijs.

Substitute Mika Biereth, who is on loan from Arsenal, then fired RKC in front after the hour mark, but Groningen hit back as Pepi slotted in a pass from Florian Krüger.

With an extra man, RKC went looking for the winner and it came with ten minutes left as Biereth latched onto an Ilias Bel Hassani pass before firing RKC to victory.

RKC is now up to seventh in the table, while Groningen is 12th.




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