Twente Enschede were held to a
1-1 draw by RKC Waalwijk on Thursday in the first leg of the
Dutch play-off semi-final for a Europa league ticket.
Steve McClaren's team, who finished sixth and outside the
top two for the first time since 2008, seemed to have recovered
from three straight defeats when Douglas put them ahead after 14
minutes following a fine combination with Nacer Chadli.
However, RKC equalised 11 minutes later when Ricky ten
Voorde converted a penalty after Mitchell Schet was fouled by
In the other semi-final, NEC Nijmegen were handed a 3-2
first-leg win over neighbours Vitesse Arnhem thanks to a late
own goal by Frank van der Struijk after they twice went behind.
Nicky Hofs had put the visitors ahead after 32 minutes
before Navarone Foor equalised four minutes from the break.
Wilfried Bony scored a second for Vitesse but Lasse Schone
replied for Nijmegen, who had reached the playoffs on the final
day of the season.
The second legs are scheduled for Sunday with the winners
meeting in a two-legged final on May 17 and 21 to decide who
gets a place in next season's Europa League second qualifying
Twente are already assured of a place in the first
qualifying round of the Europa League via their Fair Play
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