Heracles Almelo are heading for the Keuken Kampioen Divisie after they lost the first leg of their relegation playoff semi-final against Excelsior 3-0 in Rotterdam.

After a dramatic final day of the season, Heracles found themselves in the 16th spot, and the relegation playoffs awaited. The club then decided to sack Frank Wormuth and assistant René Kolmschot took charge of Wednesday’s clash.

Excelsior were the better team from the start and after 20 minutes, Marouan Azarkan fired them in front. The winger sustained an injury from the challenge and had to be replaced.

Fifteen minutes before the end, Thijs Dallinga doubled the lead with a nice move and finish. The striker also sustained an injury and had to leave the pitch just minutes after scoring.

Heracles had no answer and Excelsior would make it 3-0 before the end with Couhaib Droouech scoring what could be the killer goal.

Heracles now need a huge win in the second leg on Saturday or they will be heading for the second division. Excelsior could be heading for a playoff final against either ADO Den Haag or FC Eindhoven.

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