Willem II is in third place for at least two days in the Eredivisie. The Tilburgers were 1-2 on Friday, too strong for fellow sub-top sc Heerenveen, which was still unbeaten at home.
Vangelis Pavlidis and Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye scored for Willem II before half time, while Rodney Kongolo was the equalizer. After the break, both clubs could rarely be in danger.
The team of coach Adrie Koster will be included in the rankings thanks to the exception PSV. The people of Eindhoven can come alongside again on Sunday if they tie at least in De Kuip against Feyenoord. Heerenveen remains fifth, but can be passed by some clubs during the weekend.
It was the first home defeat of the season for Heerenveen. The team of coach Johnny Jansen only lost a visit to PSV, Ajax and FC Emmen until Friday.
Willem II has been unbeaten for five consecutive league matches. Last week the people from Brabant caused a stunt by beating Ajax in Amsterdam with 0-2.
Willem II celebrates the hit of Ndayishimiye. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Ndayishimiye with nice matchwinner
Pavlidis opened the score as early as the ninth minute, after having missed a considerable head chance before. The Greek striker took advantage of his weak defenses at Heerenveen in the back and left goalkeeper Warner Hahn no chance with a shot in the far corner.
Heerenveen then switched on and was close to the equalizer through Jens Odgaard. A minute after the Danish striker hit the post, it was hit. Sven Botman headed a high cross towards teammate Kongolo, who was able to nod close up.
Before the break, the Tilburg players again took the lead. Ndayishimiye shot the ball of about 15 meters hard and nice in the cross: 1-2.
After the break Heerenveen had to look for the equalizer. A scraper by Odgaard was effortlessly turned by Willem II keeper Timon Wellenreuther and Joey Veerman shot just wide.
Pavlidis hit the post in a sparse Willem II counter, but the Greek striker was able to party with his teammates a little later when referee Dennis Higler whistled for the final signal.
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