Heerenveen eased their relegation fears with a 4-2 victory over Willem II on Sunday.

Willem II went into the clash on the back of their KNVB Cup semi-final victory over AZ Alkmaar and they looked weary as Heerenveen stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead.

Michel Vlap opened the scoring in the fourth minute after being picked out by an excellent Sam Lammers cross. Six minutes later, Vlap’s cross hit Van den Bogert in the arm resulting in a penalty which Lammers tucked away to make it 2-0.

Ten minutes before the break, Vlap set Lammers in on goal and the striker slotted past Timo Wellenreuther to make it 3-0. The goal was looked at by VAR for a possible offside but stood.

In the second half, Heerenveen went off the boil and Willem II threatened a comeback. Alexander Isak pulled one back in the 54th minute before he set up Vangelis Pavlidis to make it 3-2.

Isak missed a great chance to level the scores as Willem II poured forward. However, Thomas Meissner ended the chances of a comeback when he flew into Lammers and earned himself a red card. In injury time, Ben Rienstra found the bottom corner to seal the victory.

The win lifts Heerenveen up to 9th while Willem II are 11th.

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