FC Den Bosch booked the first league victory since early October after a turbulent week. Almere City was beaten 0-2. Excelsior narrowly defeated FC Volendam (1-2) in the sixteenth round of the Keuken Kampioen Division, which was dominated by the fight against racism.
In the ten games, the game stopped in the first minute as a statement against racism, following the events at FC Den Bosch-Excelsior last Sunday. The players from Den Bosch, Excelsior and Volendam also came to the field on Friday with special shirts as a statement.
After the minute without action, it was Den Bosch who started the game best and also took the lead. Jens van Son headed the opening goal after fifteen minutes after a corner by Danny Verbeek. Rúben Rodrigues also made 0-2 in the Yanmar Stadium ten minutes after the break.
For FC Den Bosch, it marked the first victory since 4 October, when TOP Oss was beaten 4-0 at home. The team of troubled trainer Erik van der Ven is now at eighteen points.
FC Den Bosch's Jens van Son in the first minute of the game, with the ball only rolling after the kick-off. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Spectators support Mendes Moreira in eighteenth minute
Unlike Den Bosch, Excelsior could not end the turbulent week with a victory. Coach Ricardo Moniz's team went down in-house against FC Volendam: 1-2. Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who was the victim of racist slogans on Sunday, stood at the kick-off and was replaced halfway.
There was a red card on each seat in the Van Donge & De Roo Stadium, with the text 'Give racism the red card'. The spectators held the card up in the eighteenth minute to lend Mendes Moreira, who is wearing number 18, a heart under the belt.
Excelsior had a hard time against the Volendam of trainer Wim Jonk, who already led 0-2 after more than half an hour in Rotterdam. Martijn Kaars broke the spell in the eleventh minute and Derry Murkin increased the margin to two in the 32nd minute.
Excelsior did something back via Jeffry Fortes twenty minutes before the end and the substitute made the tying run fifteen minutes before the end, but it was rejected due to offside. The Kralingers remain in the subtop with 25 points.
Ahmad Mendes Moreira at the start of Excelsior-FC Volendam. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Cambuur and De Graafschap do not make a mistake
At the top of the Kitchen Champion Division, leader SC Cambuur and close attacker De Graafschap remained without points. The Frisians won 0-3 against FC Eindhoven and therefore still have a three point lead over De Graafschap, which settled at home with Jong PSV (4-1).
The goals at FC Eindhoven-Cambuur only fell after the break. At the start of the second half, Calvin Mac-Intosch provided the header with a header and shortly thereafter Robert Mühren scored the 0-2. In the 68th minute Mitchel Paulissen nicely scored the third goal.
De Graafschap collected a goal against Jong PSV after fifteen minutes, but recovered before the break through Daryl van Mieghem and Ted van de Pavert. Mohamed Hamdaoui and Stef Nijland secured the win in the second half.
Young Ajax followed the track of Cambuur and De Graafschap by beating NAC Breda in the Rat Verlegh Stadium with 1-2. It was already the sixth competition without victory for NAC, which still won the first period.
The other matches were Dordrecht-Telstar FC (2-3), Go Ahead Eagles-Roda JC (1-1), MVV-TOP Oss (4-0), Helmond Sport-NEC (1-2) and Jong FC Utrecht- Young AZ (2-1).
See also: Clubs in First Division make statement against racism
View the results and the position in the Kitchen Champion Division