Groningen are seven points clear of the drop zone with three games remaining after a 2-1 victory over Roda JC. 

Roda JC went into the game four points from safety but knew a win would mean they would be nine points off the bottom and automatic relegation. However, Groningen started brightly and took the lead in the 15th minute as Ritsu Doan found the bottom corner with a great strike from outside the box.

The visitors barely threatened in the first half as Groningen remained in control. The hosts were dealt a blow before the break with Mimoun Mahi going off injured to be replaced by Jesper Drost.

The substitution actually worked in Groningen’s favour, though, as Drost netted from a corner four minutes into the second half to make it 2-0.

Roda JC didn’t give up and pulled one back with twenty minutes to go as Christan Kum acrobatically fired past Sergio Padt. However, Groningen held on to seal the victory.

Groningen are now 13th and seven points from safety. Roda JC remain 16th and four points behind NAC Breda.

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