The Derby of the North between Groningen and Heerenveen on Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw at the Euroborg.

Heerenveen have had a great start to the season while Groningen went into the game with one win and two defeats from their opening three games. The hosts also lost a number of key players during the transfer window.

In the 19th minute, Heerenveen had the lead with Joey Veerman setting up Tibor Halilovic to fire past Peter Leeuwenburgh with a deflection off Mo El Hankouri.

Groningen made a triple change at the break and early in the second half, Cyril Ngonge hit the post for the hosts. In the 68th minute, Ngonge did net the equaliser with a header.

The game then turned heated and in the 84th minute, Mike Te Wierik saw his second yellow card. From the resulting free-kick, Joey Veerman hit the post. Heerenveen pushed for a late winner, but Groningen held on to take a point.

Heerenveen are fourth in the table at the moment, while Groningen are in 10th.

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