Willem II and Groningen started 2018 by playing out a 1-1 draw in Tilburg. 

After 13 minutes came the highlight of the game as Ritsu Doan picked up the ball just outside the box before rifling a shot into the top corner to give Groningen the lead.

The visitors then sat back and looked to see out their lead with Willem II struggling to create clear cut chances. Thom Haye went close from distance, while Mike in Wierik cleared a Konstantinos Tsimika effort off the line.

Finally, in the 71st minute, Willem II equalised when substitute Ismail Azzouzi found the corner with a strike from just outside the box.

The point keeps Groningen in 13th while Willem II are one spot behind them.

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