Groningen forget troubles with cup triumph
Groningen put their Eredivisie worries aside on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory at high-flying FC Utrecht in the second round of the KNVB Beker.
Nicklas Pedersen and Tim Matavz notched two goals apiece for the winners, who lie third-bottom of the league standings. Erixon Danso and Ricky van Wolfswinkel gave the scoreline some respectability for the hosts.
Fellow Eredivisie strugglers Heerenveen also enjoyed a comfortable night out in the cup, romping to a 7-0 win at SDC Putten. Michal Papadopulos struck a hat-trick, with Viktor Elm bagging a second-half brace and Hernan Losada and Oussama Assaidi also on target for Heerenveen, who lie second-bottom of the league standings.
Twente ran out 8-0 winners at SC Joure thanks to goals from Bernard Parker (two), Wellington (two), Nashat Akram (two), Dario Vujicevic and Nikita Rukavytsya.
Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven edged De Graafschap 2-1. Hugo Bargas restored parity for De Graafschap four minutes into the second half, cancelling out Danny Koevermans' opener, but Ibrahim Afellay grabbed the winner just five minutes later.
Marcel De Jong's first-half double secured Roda a 2-0 triumph at IJsselmeervogels. Keisuke Honda's brace and a late goal from Sandro Calabro saw VVV-Venlo trounce ADO Den Haag 3-0, while Leonardo's double and a last-minute penalty from Matthew Amoah earned NAC Breda a 3-2 win at Willem II.
Elsewhere, Baronie beat Barendrecht 5-4 on penalties after 120 minutes of football had produced a 1-1 draw, Rijnsburgse Boys needed extra time to beat Go Ahead Eagles 1-0, Zwolle won 4-2 on penalties at Sparta Nijerk after a 1-1 draw, Capelle thumped Westlandia 4-0, De Treffers edged Veendam 2-0, FC Den Bosch prevailed 4-0 at Lisse and WHC won 1-0 at AFC.