Feyenoord moved back to the top of the Eredivisie on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling SC Fortuna Sittard thanks to Jon Dahl Tomasson's second-half strike.
The Danish international beat former FC Barcelona goalkeeper Ruud Hesp from close range after Paul Bosvelt had headed on a Brett Emerton cross. The win lifts the Rotterdam giants above AFC Ajax on goal difference, while defending champions PSV Eindhoven, who lost 2-1 to RKC Waalwijk on Tuesday, are third with 40 points from 22 games.
Fortuna put in a battling display but are now 12 points adrift of safety with just 13 games left to play. They could have Sparta Rotterdam for company in the second division after Frank Rijkaard's side were held to a 2-2 draw at NAC Breda. Sparta needed a Denni Conteh penalty in stoppage time to secure a point.
Glen Salmon had put the home side ahead in the second half after Ousmane Sanou levelled following Kevin Bobson's opener. But Michel Langerak won a last-gasp reprieve for Sittard when he was brought down by NAC goalkeeper Gábor Babos and Conteh converted the spot-kick. Sparta remain deep in relegation trouble, second from bottom, while the result is a blow to NAC's hopes of securing a place in next season’s UEFA Cup.
Relegation fears eased
Roda JC eased their relegation worries with a 1-0 win over FC Utrecht, with Sven Vandenbroeck scoring the winner in the second half. The victory lifts the Kerkrade club up to 13th position in the table.
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