Heerenveen remain in the hunt for European football after comfortably beating an uninspired Vitesse side 4-1 at the Abe Lenstra Stadion.

heevit dhdhdThe match was all but over for Vitesse in the first ten minutes as Heerenveen tore their defence apart twice to take a commanding lead. Luciano Slagveer got ahead of his marker to stab Sam Larsson’s cross into the net on 3 minutes before Mark Uth played a one-two with Joey van den Berg to make it 2-0 after nine minutes.

Vitesse looked disinterested and their static defence left Daley Sinkgraven all alone at the back post from a corner, and although the midfielder may have controlled the ball with his hand, he fired in Heerenveen’s third before the break.

A lovely team move seven minutes into the second half saw Larsson once again set up Slagveer to score from close range, and although Guram Kashia headed a goal back for Vitesse on 75 minutes it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

The comfortable score allowed Heerenveen to hand out two debuts late on with new signing Younes Namli making his first appearance, along with 18-year-old defender Jerry St. Juste, of whom big things are expected in Friesland.

The win lifts Heerenveen up to 7th, while Vitesse remain 12th and their chances of European football are slipping away.

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