A late goal from Eric Botteghin was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for Groningen at PEC Zwolle and strengthen their hold on 8th place.

gron jdjdThe first half saw PEC Zwolle have the best opportunities, as Fred Benson blasted over the bar on 15 minutes, before the striker just failed to control with only Marco Bizot to beat.

Groningen woke up after the break, and Richairo Zivkovic came close to opening the deadlock, but his shot with the outside of his boot just went wide.

Then on 70 minutes the deadlock was broken by Groningen when Maikel Kieftenbeld floated the ball to the back post and Eric Botteghin rose to head the ball past Diederik Boer.

PEC Zwolle pushed for the equaliser, but once again Fred Benson could not find the net in the last few minutes, and Groningen held on for the win.

Groningen now have a four point gap over Zwolle, and have all but booked their place in the end of season European play-offs.

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