RKC Waalwijk has surprisingly turned the home match against subtop FC Groningen into a win. The team of trainer Fred Grim received two unexpected presents from the northerners and eagerly unpacked them: 3-1.
Within a quarter of an hour the defense of Groningen had already handed out two presents. Up to two times Thijs Oosting was the lucky one to unpack: RKCs attacker first benefited from an error by Ko Itakura and was in the right place nine minutes later to intercept a pass by Bart van Hintum, after which he was twice effective: 2-0.
With that stand, the team of trainer Danny Buijs even came away mercifully. There could have been even more goals if RKC had coped very well with the opportunities and space offered, but because they didnt, Groningen stayed in the match. The 2-1, which was fired in the shop by Ahmed El Messaoudi after half an hour, came for them at a good time.
Because Patrick Joosten left to make 2-2 just before rest, RKC started the second half with a head start and kept it in their pocket for a long time. There was some luck. Kian Slor should have scored 15 minutes before time after an attempt by El Messaoudi was reversed by Kostas Lamprou, but he shot at the pole at close range and for an empty target.
One of the few Walloon outbreaks did then invade. Sylla Sow showed up for Padt five minutes before time and poked the 3-1, with which the duel was decided. This makes Grims team very good business at the bottom, because the lead over the demotion stop and the sixteenth place of Willem II has now risen to five points. The neighbors from Tilburg will still be in action this weekend.