The derby of the north between Heerenveen and Groningen ended in a 1-1 draw at the Abe Lenstra Stadion. 

Heerenveen began the derby strongly and eventually took the lead on the half-hour mark when Michel Vlap fired past Sergio Padt on the turn following a throw-in.

Groningen barely threatened in the first half but ten minutes after the break they were level through Tom van Weert, who nodded in Mimoun Mahi’s cross to make it 1-1.

Pelle van Amersfoort, Jordy Bruijn and Denzell Dumfries all missed decent chances for the hosts before the end as Groningen held on for a point.

Groningen rise to 13th with the point while Heerenveen are 8th.

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