A 90th-minute equaliser by on-loan Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali earned VVV Venlo a 1-1 draw at Groningen. 

The home side started brightly and took the lead on 15 minutes when Mimoun Mahi brought down a Django Warmerdam cross before slamming the ball into the bottom corner.

VVV Venlo had a great chance to equalise on the half hour mark but Lennart Thy’s effort came back off the bar before Sergio Padt cleared the danger.

Early in the second half, Groningen had the perfect opportunity to double their lead when Lars Veldwijk was brought down in the box. However, Mahi saw his spot kick kept out by VVV Venlo goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall. Mahi then hit the post before Jesper Drost hit the rebound wide.

It seemed that Groningen weren’t going to be punished for their missed chances but in the 91st minute, substitute Nwakali, who was making his debut, headed the ball over Padt to net a last gasp equaliser.

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