Just at the moment when the pressure was enormous, Willem II gave an important sign of life. The Tilburgers led by Zeljko Petrovic won the duel at Sparta Rotterdam with 0-2, only the first win this season. As a result, Willem II jumped over ADO Den Haag again to the sixteenth place.
The pressure on Willem II had increased further, because FC Emmen had won for the second week in a row and thus reached two points and ADO Den Haag, the other major competitor in the fight against direct degradation, had won a point against RKC Waalwijk.
In comparison with the tie against ADO The Hague, Willem II lacked Jordens Peters, the injured Freek Heerkens and Mats Köhlert, who started on the bench. Sven van Beek, Derrick Köhn and Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye took their seats.
At Sparta Danzell Gravenberch got a base seat after his two goals against Ajax. In the first half it was a parallel battle, in which both teams were given small chances, but could not really push through.
After a conversion at Sparta, the home team became better after rest, and Sparta trainer Henk Fraser had brought Bryan Smeets in for Sven Mijnans. Willem II was searching at that stage and trainer Zeljko Petrovic did not feel good about it and showed his annoyance about things that went wrong with his team or questionable decisions of the arbitration run wild. A quarter of an hour after rest, he even kicked his chair upside down.
Willem II focused and came out under pressure. After good preparatory work by Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye, it was Ché Nunnely who led the Tilburgers. After William II had asked for a penalty kick in vain, when Kwasi Wriedt was held by Michaël Heylen in a duel in the sixteen, the ball went to the point when Jeffry Fortes held Vangelis Pavlidis in a new promising situation. After the intervention of the VAR Blom decided to convert the original yellow card into red, so Sparta had to go less with a man. Ndayishimiye, one of the excels at Willem II, took advantage of the opportunity cools (0-2). Sparta could no longer make a fist in the remainder of the race, which allowed Willem II to finally get on the bus again with a positive feeling after a home game.
Now that the three teams at the bottom are grabbing points, the question arises whether other teams will be involved in the demotion battle. For example, the gap between number sixteen Willem II and number fifteen VVV-Venlo is only five points with ten duels to go. RKC Waalwijk and Sparta (both six points more than Willem II) can certainly not rest on their laurels. After a good phase after the winter stop, Sparta seemed safe for degradation, but has only grabbed two points from the past seven duels, putting a lot of pressure on the away match against fencing closer FC Emmen next Friday.
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