sc Heerenveen reached the quarter finals of the TOTO KNVB Cup on Wednesday for the third season in a row.

The Frisians won 1-2 thanks to a utilized penalty kick from Henk Veerman in the final minute, which was introduced by a bizarre handball from Ricardo van Rhijn.

Heerenveen's victory over FC Emmen was by no means visible in the initial phase of the game at De Oude Meerdijk.

The formation of troubled trainer Johnny Jansen, who has not won ten league games in a row in the Eredivisie, could not convert a slight predominance into opportunities and made a helpless impression.

Just before half time FC Emmen took the lead against the ratio.

Michael de Leeuw put Sergio Peña alone in front of the keeper and the Peruvian midfielder worked face to face with goalkeeper Erwin Mulder: 1-0.

In the second half Heerenveen tightened the thumbscrews further.

After great opportunities for Henk Veerman, Joey Veerman and Siem de Jong (lat), the liberating 1-1 fell for the Frisians in the 72nd minute.

Substitute Benjamin Nygren saw his volley changed direction by Keziah Veendorp and FC Emmen goalkeeper Dennis Telgenkamp had no chance.

The duel in Emmen seemed to be heading for an extension, until Heerenveen received a penalty in the 90th minute after a remarkable handball by Van Rhijn.

The defender hit a bouncing ball and referee Siemen Mulder could do nothing but point to the spot, from which Henk Veerman made no mistake.