Go Ahead Eagles booked their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sparta Rotterdam in Deventer.

Emanuel Emegha started for Sparta Rotterdam and he had a good chance to open the scoring in the fifth minute but his effort came back off the crossbar. A minute later, Go Ahead Eagles took the lead with Justin BakkerΒ scoring from the penalty spot after a foul by Michael Heylen.

Both sides traded chances before the break but it remained 1-0 going into the second half. Sparta were reduced to ten-men eight minutes after the break with Mica Pinto seeing red for a rash challenge on Luuk Brouwers.

Go Ahead Eagles took advantage of the extra-man with Giannis Botos heading in a second goal on the hour mark.

The hosts then eased to victory to register their first Eredivisie victory since 2017. Sparta Rotterdam now sits second-bottom with one point from three games.

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