Heerenveen came from behind to beat Excelsior 2-1 and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Expectations were high going into the game for Heerenveen after their impressive 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven last weekend, but they were brought back down to earth against an Excelsior side who dominated from the start and deservedly took the lead on 18 minutes. A poor clearance landed at Ryan Koolwijk’s feet on the edge of the box and the midfielder hammered a strike into the top corner.

Heerenveen struggled to fight back before the break as Excelsior restricted them to shots from distance with Ögmundur Kristinsson easily dealing with a Martin Ødegaard effort. However, the visitors came out of blocks quickly in the second half with Kik Pierie forcing a good save from Kristinsson before Ødegaard shot just wide.

On 50 minutes, Heerenveen did equalise with Arber Zeneli pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the box before firing a low strike into the net via the inside of the post. The goal increased the confidence in Heerenveen and they pushed for another goal, which they found with twenty minutes left as Marco Rojas combined with Reza before slotting a shot past Kristinsson from a tight angle.

Reza hit the post before the end as Heerenveen saw out the rest of the game to make it three wins and two draws out of five games. Jurgen Streppel’s side move third while Excelsior are 13th.

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