Heracles Almelo missed the chance to go fifth in the Eredivisie after being held to a 0-0 draw at Sparta Rotterdam.

Frank Wormuth took charge of his 50th Heracles match on Sunday and he watched his side come closest to opening the scoring in the first-half. Mo Osman put a free-kick against the crossbar.

In the second half, Sparta also hit the bar through Jurgen Mattheij as both sides struggled to create chances. Eredivisie top scorer Cyriel Dessers had a quiet evening on his birthday.

Sparta moved forward looking for a late winner but Ragner Ache fired their best chance over. Just before the end, the hosts were reduced to ten men with Joey Konings shown red after an altercation with Mattheij.

Heracles are now 7th in the table, while Sparta sits 11th.

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